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Member Highlight: Beddy’s

Betsy Mikesell and Angie White used to be jogging partners. Today, they run one of Utah’s fastest-growing small companies. The path that took them there is anything but typical—which of course, for most small businesses, is typical.  Here’s the Beddy’s story: Betsy was desperate for a way to motivate her twin boys to do a…

Member Highlight: Peninsula Party Rentals

As Feliciano Zavala writes in the San Francisco Chronicle, he is amazed that his Palo Alto-based party rental business is going so strong nearly a year after COVID-19 almost knocked it out. Following a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and loan and a revised focus on smaller events, Peninsula Party Rentals is finally getting back to…

Member Highlight: Akorbi

Akorbi helps organizations connect with employees, vendors, and customers in over 170 languages. Digital tools have long been critical to the success of this translation, workforce solutions, and technology business. “It’s what allowed us to compete with the big boys,” CEO Claudia Mirza says. Akorbi utilized social platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and marketing…

Member Highlight: Goodr

Millions of Americans suffer from the effects of food scarcity every year. At the same time, huge amounts of edible food are dumped in landfills. Jasmine Crowe knew that was wrong. It made her angry. And so, she decided to do something about it.  Today, she leads a digitally-driven food-management company that has successfully diverted…

Member Highlight: CareAcademy

The U.S. has long suffered from a shortage of qualified direct care workers. Nigerian-immigrant Helen Adeosun, a former practicing caregiver, thought someone should do something about that. Her solution was to build CareAcademy, a digital-first business that empowers senior home care professionals to build businesses of their own in the home care industry, pairing online…

Small Business Resilience: The Tiny Tassel

Mimi Striplin always seems happy, no matter the circumstance. It’s a good thing she decided to start a company dedicated to bringing a similar sense of joy to others. Mimi’s business, The Tiny Tassel, started as an Etsy shop, and has since grown a lot bigger. Today, The Tiny Tassel offers handmade tassel jewelry, clothing, and a full line of party decor. It h

Small Business Resilience: Beddy’s

Betsy Mikesell’s twin boys’ bunk beds were a source of continued irritation. Making the beds was a chore. The boys didn’t want to do it. She didn’t either. What if there were a way....

Cataloging the Success of One Small Business

Parker Garlitz still remembers the first sale he made online. It was a refurbished laser printer sold over dial-up to a customer in Portugal. He believed at the time that he was glimpsing the future of American commerce—and he was. Today, the digital tools and markets that once seemed beyond imagining have become cornerstones for…

A Bedtime Story Washington Needs to Hear

On the night before Christmas — and every other night — Betsy Mikesell and Angie White have visions of children nestled all snug in their Beddy’s. Parents can join the fun, too, in their own adult-sized Beddy’s, the zippered bedding that Mikesell and White created. As often is the case, the Utah duo’s innovation sprung…

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