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Moms’ Innovations are Shared Globally Thanks to Digital Tools

Like many great ideas, Beddy’s started with a mother’s problem-solving skills. Betsy Mikesell and Angie White worked with Betsy’s mother to create zippered bedding as a way to motivate their children to make their beds every morning, and then used digital tools to share their invention online and help other moms. When starting the company,…

May 17, 2022

BandwagonFanClub Takes First Prize With Digital Tools

After receiving his MBA from Clemson, Harold Hughes knew he wanted to use the power of his education to bring people together, and he found the opportunity close to home – his passion for the Clemson Tigers. Two days after receiving his degree, Harold set up the LLC that would become BandwagonFanClub, Inc. an experience…

May 13, 2022

Fueled by Digital Tools, An Independent Seed Supplier Reaches Customers Nationwide

Parker Garlitz and his sister, Kaitlin Jones started a wheatgrass and garden supply company in their garage. Demetrios Agathangelides started a mail-order seed business after immigrating to the United States from Greece in the 1970s. He retired and sold his business to Lance Heaton and Robb Baumann.  In 2014, these two small business dreams came…

May 13, 2022

Digital Tools Maintain a Family Mission

Josenny Tineo and Michelle Peralta have always been family planners, with the two moms organizing every holiday, graduation, and birthday celebration. Eventually, the jokes about their unofficial “jobs” turned into serious suggestions that they should start an events business, and ten years ago Josie Michelle Events was born. With no formal training, the women outworked…

May 11, 2022

ASM Games Wins Big with Amazon

Alfred Mai started ASM Games in 2017, after being disappointed with the lack of fun card games available when he and his wife hosted game nights with other couples. They took matters into their own hands and created their own games, using Youtube to teach them everything they needed to know about graphic design, manufacturing,…

May 10, 2022

A CEO Leads Her Company Out of the Yellow Pages

Morgan Miller Plumbing used to advertise the same way as other plumbing companies: in the Yellow Pages. Each year, the ads got more expensive and less effective. “At one point, it seemed like the Yellow Pages were going to bankrupt us instead of helping us,” recalls former CEO Stella Crewse. The company pivoted to digital…

May 10, 2022

Feliciano’s Peninsula Party Success

Feliciano Zavala and his wife own a small party equipment rental company. Peninsula Party Rentals offers helium tanks, tents, chairs, and popcorn machines for birthday parties, school events, church carnivals, corporate events, and any gathering you can think of. When Feliciano started the company in 2005, it advertised in local magazines and Yellow Pages, which…

May 10, 2022

Math and Music in Harmony

As a child, Marcus Blackwell had a self-described “fear of math.” Music was his passion, which started with his first piano lesson at five, through college. And it was in college that he figured out that music and math were linked, and this revelation unlocked math for him in a way that it became his…

April 29, 2022

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