Month: January 2017

Jenny Mae Miller and Kristine Carlton started their business as pioneering spirits, right out of technical design school.   During their final quarter of school, true to their pioneering spirits and out-of-the box thinking, they started their business with the purchase of four industrial sewing machines.   Through their company, Sewn Product Services, they operate as product developers and production managers servicing the apparel, soft goods, and wearable technologies industries.

Our conversation focuses on service development and highlights the idea of thinking beyond the immediate needs of your customer.  The key question is, “What adjacent services can you create that will minimize your client’s overall hassles?”

Her Advice to Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs

  • Realize that no is the beginning of a conversation, not the end of a conversation.
  • Be able to listen to the quiet voice of intuition that is inside you and follow it.  The stepping stones to our best path are laid out in our intuition.  If we can be quiet and listen to that voice we’ll have a clear map on where to go.

Links

http://www.sewnproductservices.com

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Maryon Attwood is a studio artist who co-founded Cook On Clay ceramics.    She creates specially formulated oven to table platters that withstand thermal shock and can be used safely in the oven, as well as for serving and presentation.

During our conversation Maryon emphasized the importance of quality and introduced the idea that excellence  cannot be separated from consumer expectations.

Her Philosophy

Returning people to the table… as part of the farm to table movement.

Her Advice to Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs

  • If you just do what you know and you believe in what you’re doing, things will be okay at the end of the day.
  • In the first years, it can be very challenging.  You have to be courageous.  You have to be willing to take risks.  You have to be smart.  You have to be thrifty when it counts. Determination is very important.
  • Go for it!  It’s great to be your own boss.
  • Do it while you’re young!

Links

http://www.cookonclay.com

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Sherrill Mosee set out to create an organizational fashion bag for busy women.  As a result, she designed and invented MinkeeBlue totes.  Like many women, she often carried two or three bags to work.   Sherrill came up with a novel design that facilitates consolidation of everything into one bag.  As a result, she has been awarded a patent for her invention.

The idea of creating and launching a product can be very intimidating at first.  There are many challenges that must be overcome.   During our conversation, we discussed the obstacles that Sherrill faced throughout her journey and she provides some great insight on creating solutions through networking.

Her Philosophy

Keep it moving.  Give yourself a chance to see if you idea will work out.

Her Advice to Aspiring Female Entrepreneurs

  • Understand your product category as much as possible
  • Make sure that your idea is unique; figure out how to differentiate yourself
  • Figure out how much money it will take to get started
  • Start off very small and grow from there; Don’t spend a bunch of money initially

Her Biggest Challenge

  • Manufacturing – the challenge was in learning and understanding the costs of developing and manufacturing a bag and getting it shipped; this includes sourcing and receiving raw materials, making the product, packaging, testing, freight charges, fees, etc.

 

Links

minkeeblue.com

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