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A Stylish Way to Carry Lunch

Sherika Wynter and her business partner Shallon Thomas have worked together since 2014. One day, Shallon realized he had no stylish way to carry his lunch into the office and wanted something better. In 2018, he and Sherika created a new company called T|W Tote, which makes fashionable lunch bags. Sherika and Shallon use the…

July 8, 2022

Providing a Welcoming Community for New Parents

Nina Spears, a mother of two from Houston, TX, started working with expectant mothers in January of 2011 as a baby planner, birth and postpartum doula, childbirth and newborn care educator, and massage therapist. Since then, she has assisted over 700 families and attended over 300 births. Nicknamed “The Baby Chick,” Nina launched her business…

July 7, 2022

A Mother-Daughter Bond Turned into a Successful Business

Susan Robinson began teaching her daughter, Sara, how to sew when Sara was seven. Sara first loved sewing dresses for her American Girl Dolls, and then she started designing and sewing aprons. After posting some of her designs on Facebook and getting positive feedback from family and friends, Susan and Sara decided to create an…

July 7, 2022

Technology Helps People 50+ Tie Up Loose Ends

COVID-19 ushered in a series of endings and beginnings for Mari-Lyn Harris. When the pandemic forced her to shut her small catering company, she found an unexpected next chapter as an administrator to an old friend suffering from pancreatic cancer. With her community in Fremont, CA, largely in lockdown, Mari-Lyn filled an indispensable role in…

July 7, 2022

Building a Brand with Digital Tools

Diane Cortes describes herself as “part of the resignation generation.” After over 25 years doing marketing and HR for corporate America, she saw the opportunity to create her own niche combining the two when COVID-19 sent office workers home. In October 2020, Diane started Acumen Strategist, which manages e-marketing and offers a one-stop human resources…

July 7, 2022

Using Digital Tools to Help Other Small Businesses

Bryan Toston always wanted to own a business. After graduating from college, he worked back-of-house in several kitchens over the course of a few years, then realized there were incredible opportunities for restaurants to improve their digital marketing. Bryan tapped into his graphic design background and soon started a company with his previous business partner…

June 24, 2022

Digital Tools Touch Communities

For many people, traditional hand sanitizers’ harsh ingredients leave skin dry, cracked, and irritated. Andrea Lisbona envisioned a combination product that would solve these concerns by sanitizing and moisturizing simultaneously.   In 2019, she launched Touchland, a hydrating hand sanitizer mist. She built a website designed to reach consumers looking for strong sanitizers that are gentle…

June 18, 2022

Digital Tools are a Starting Point for Success

StartingPoint launched in 2020 with the mission to support small businesses in their digital transformation journey. CEO and founder Ray McKenzie has decades of experience working with digital tools and platforms to optimize companies’ workflows and streamline their operations, and he wanted to use this experience to help small businesses compete. Ray understands that bad…

June 18, 2022

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