The Piping Gourmets

The Piping Gourmets

About the Products

The Piping Gourmets is a scrumptious line of Whoopie Pie snack cakes, that are baked for today’s conscious consumers. Certified Gluten Free, Vegan, Kosher – Pareve and Non-GMO Project Verified, the Whoopie Pies are also free from the top 8 major allergens. Each Whoopie Pie is a single serving and is individually wrapped in colorful purple film with the certifications prominently printed. The Piping Gourmets Whoopie Pies are a great dessert for the whole family…made with plant based flavors & colors and sustainably sourced ingredients, the Whoopie Pies are available in five fabulous flavors in the grocer’s frozen dessert aisle and grab & go refrigerators.

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Company Background

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Batter Up, LLC dba The Piping Gourmets was founded by Leslie Kaplan and Carolyn Shulevitz. It was their fondness of food and experience in catering combined with their own children’s food allergies that guided the women to become entrepreneurs in the food industry. Watching food trends early on gave them insight into the direction of consumer wants and needs. In 2013 with passion, long hours and assistance from many mentors Leslie and Carolyn launched their Gluten Free and Vegan Whoopie Pies. They now have sales on two continents via national and international distributors. Focused on bringing a Baked Better for You snack cake to market, their Whoopie Pies are not only scrumptious, but are certified Gluten Free, Vegan, Kosher-Pareve, Non GMO Project Verified and are free from the top 8 major allergens.

 

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

“We had the need to create, the desire to build, the determination to construct and the persistence to not quit. Building a business from the ground up has been an incredible journey. The ability to take an idea from your heart and bring it to market gives us an incredible sense of pride. It is with assistance from both WBENC and corporations with supplier diversity programs that have given us the opportunity to soar.”
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AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name:  The Piping Gourmets

Founded:  2011

WBENC Certified: 2013

HQ: Miami, Florida USA

Website:  www.thepipinggourmets.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PipingGourmets

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ThePipingGourmets

Slogan:  Baked Better For You

Retail: http://www.thepipinggourmets.com/store-locator/, National Sales: Whole Foods Market – Florida, South, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, North Atlantic, Mid-West, Rocky Mountain, Southern Cal, Northern Cal, Pacific Northwest Regions. Safeway/Albertsons – Northern Cal, Rocky Mountain and South West Regions, Wegmans, Earth Fair, Earth Orgins, MOMs Organic Market, Busch’s Market, Lucky’s Market, Raley’s, Bristol Farms, University of California San Diego. International Sales: Australia

NuAngel Inc

NuAngel Inc

About the Products

NuAngel manufactures environmentally friendly, ecological, and hypoallergenic cotton products to support breastfeeding, infant care, and beyond. Patented and award-winning products were designed by a certified lactation consultant and mother. Items include natural cotton washable nursing pads, biodegradable disposable nursing pads, Trinity Nursing Pillow, maternity/nursing pillow set, nursing pad case, nursing blanket, burp cloths and pads, washable wipes, receiving blankets, and other items.

The "Nu" in NuAngel represents nursing, nutrition, and new. "Angel" is of the belief that babies are precious angels and the most valuable gifts their parents will ever receive.

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Company Background

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NuAngel, Inc. is a certified woman-owned USA manufacturer of quality products for nursing mothers, infants and beyond.  Founded in 1990 by Teresa Carroll, NuAngel has patented and award-winning products.  Teresa is a Registered Dietitian, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and mother of three daughters. The need for reasonably priced, high quality breastfeeding products was realized while she was serving as the first State of Alabama Breastfeeding Coordinator. A driving force behind her company continues to be her desire to support the U.S. economy by providing U.S. based jobs while utilizing U.S. components. Nestled among cotton fields near the Tennessee River, NuAngel manufactures environmentally friendly, ecological, and hypoallergenic cotton products.  All products are cut, sewn, and packaged in Athens, Alabama. NuAngel products are “Made by Mothers for Mothers.”

 

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

“As a woman-owned business, remember to focus on what you can do and keep moving forward, one foot in front of the other. Go with your passion, go with your dream, go with your heart, just keep going. Each day will bring new obstacles, challenges, and rewards. Even in the toughest times, always know the sun will shine again.” Teresa Carroll
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AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name:  NuAngel Inc

Founded:  1990

WBENC Certified: 2007

HQ: Athens, AL, USA

Website:  www.NuAngel.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/nuangelinc

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/nuangelinc/

Slogan:  Made by Mothers for Mothers

Retail: Walmart, Amazon

Gloria Duchin, Inc.

Gloria Duchin, Inc.

About the Products

Gloria Duchin ornaments and jewelry are all made domestically, lead and cadmium-free, crafted out of high-quality zinc, steel and brass with champagne gold, silver tone, gold tone and pewter finishes. Select styles are accented with sparkling glitter, bold enamel, and genuine crystals from Swarovski®.

The company is known for their keepsake designs, whimsical and detailed ornaments featuring captions and sentiments for remembrance, new baby, family, pet, inspiration, and wedding. Customization is key from creating ornaments and collectibles that can be personalized with engraving as well as designing new photo ornaments each year. As of today, there are over 100 million Gloria Duchin ornaments in circulation.

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Company Background

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In 1979, after years of working in the engravable gift market, Gloria Duchin founded Gloria Duchin, Inc., a seasonal design and manufacturing business. She created a collection of beautifully hand-crafted ornaments and gifts, accenting select styles with Swarovski® crystals and glitter.

The immense popularity for Gloria's ornament designs helped the company grow, and eventually, Gloria enlisted the help of her daughter, Robyn Smalletz. Robyn, a marketing executive in New York City joined the company, evolving the business into a trend and design focused company.

As President, Robyn integrated trend and color themes from fashion, giftware and home décor into the line, and because of her seasonal design work, has been featured in the New York Times, Woman's Day Magazine, and XM Satellite radio.

 

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

“I have always believed in the collective wisdom. From open-door policies to collaborative thinking, we work to continually sharpen our focus and expand our offerings. First and foremost, we are a family company, which means no matter what we do, it has to meet the needs of our partners, our team, and the customers who have helped build our company into what it is today”
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AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name:  Gloria Duchin, Inc.

Founded:  1979

WBENC Certified: 2014

HQ: East Providence, RI, USA

Website:  www.gloriaduchin.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/GloriaDuchin

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/gloriaduchinkeepsakes

Slogan:  Jewelry for your tree

Retail: Sears, K-Mart, Meijer, Mills Fleet Farm, Minit Canada, Wal-Mart, Shopko, Benny's, CVS, Smithsonian gift stores, Bronner’s, Blain, Keyman Gifts (Canada), Petco, Things Remembered, Western Family, American Sale, Schnucks Markets, Variety Sale, Miles Kimball, Starcrest, LTD Commodities, Seventh Avenue, Harriet Carter

Fodeez® Dry Erase Adhesive Frames

Fodeez® Dry Erase Adhesive Frames

ABOUT THE PRODUCTS

We keep you organized, on time and remind you of what matters. Fodeez® Dry Erase Adhesive Frames are the only product on the market that serves two purposes: A display frame and a dry erase board. These two features combined provide the product with an unlimited number of applications. The fact that they are a solid unit, not a sticker with a hole cut in the middle, also makes them unique and highly durable.

At home, these frames replace tired refrigerator magnets that fall off, as they are stainless steel and wood-friendly. With such versatility, they can be used to display calendars, children’s artwork, photos, notes, messages, etc.

At work, our goal is to do away with labor-cumbersome laminated paper and tacky-looking pieces of paper taped to walls, doors, windows, etc. Our frames provide a clean and simple display for any message that needs to be posted.

At school, college students love how quick and easy it is to display family photos while away from home, and they don’t “clank” on doors when used as dry erase boards.

Watch a full demo here.

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Company Background

Fodeo began as a retail chain to serve the consumer need to transfer old videotapes, film and photos onto DVDs. With the changing economy and technology, however, Fodeo evolved to meet a recognized product need. It took 4 years of research and development to create Fodeez® Frames, and the company adapted away from a service business that slowed over time to a new and growing consumer business. As each new frame prototype was developed and tested, the high product demand drove our changing business. We closed the last of our transfer locations in 2013 and focused strictly on perfecting our innovative product line.

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

“I had no idea how powerful my WBENC-certification could be! After attending the WBENC Summit & Salute in 2017, I began using my contacts developed through the certification to quickly grow my business. Before attending the Summit, working with companies such as Disney, CVS, Staples and others were simply dreams, but now those dreams are becoming tangible realities.”

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: Fodeo

Founded: 2004, Fodeez® Dry Erase Adhesive Frames launched in 2014

WBENC Certified: 2016

HQ: Western Springs, IL U.S.A.

Website: https://www.fodeez.com/

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter

Slogan: Solve little problems with BIG style

Retail: Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, Houzz, HSN

Firouzeh’s Foods

Firouzeh’s Foods

ABOUT THE PRODUCTS

MultiGen Purees are made with naturally gluten free ingredients and are free of any salt, sweetener, dairy, soy, corn, nuts or oil without compromising flavor. They have no artificial additives, are low acidic alkaline forming and each recipe has Ph balance tested and are labeled as such. MultiGen Purees have been designed for anyone ranging from babies to seniors, but especially for those who have special dietary needs, have difficulty swallowing, chewing or digesting conventional meals or are on a soft food or liquid diet. They are made of a blend of vegetables, herbs, grains, legumes and spices fitting easily into the health conscious on-the-go diet, thanks to the travel-friendly packaging. MultiGen Purees are a delicious, nutritious and food allergy friendly lifestyle option.

Company Background

Firouzeh’s Foods, a producer and reseller of vegan, individually packaged, shelf-stable multi-generational functional specialty food line called MultiGen Purees. The business, a Nevada Limited Liability Company, was established in 2012 with my personal savings and income. I have launched my business in the course of raising my children, caring for both of my parents and the loss of a dear friend to cancer of the jaw and throat. It has taken me nearly 5 years, but I am happy to announce that the FDA has approved three of my recipes to be introduced to the market. Getting to this point has been a lengthy process in part because of my full-time employment and the difficulty of locating a capable co-packer willing to work with a small startup company, not to mention lack of resources available in the state of Nevada.

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Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

“My company has only been certified since December 2016, however in this short time thanks to being a certified WBE I have had the opportunity to take advantage of the many wonderful informational and educational classes, networking events and of course the WBENC National conference in Las Vegas this past June. I have planted many seeds and received much exposure, and I am currently being as patient as one can be to see which of the seeds planted will begin to sprout and flourish.

Though the WOB logo is currently on my website as well as my email signature block and the WBENC seal is on my business cards and brochures, upon receiving my first large order I plan to add the WOB logo to my product packaging as well.” - Firouzeh Forouzmand, CEO & Founder of Firouzeh’s Foods

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: Firouzeh’s Foods

Founded: 2012

WBENC Certified: 2016

HQ: Las Vegas, Nevada U.S.A.

Website: https://www.multigenpurees.com

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Slogan: 100% Real Food Made With Wisdom

Retail: Amazon

Location: Pure Health Food Stores Las Vegas

7575 W. Washington Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89128

Cafe Los Santos

Cafe Los Santos

About the Products

SB CAFÉ LOS SANTOS exports green or roast coffee in the required quantities with the logistics for it.

About the coffee:

  • Single origin from Tarrazú, Costa Rica
  • 100% Pure Arabica – the finest coffee in the world
  • Grown at 1700-1800 altitude allowing the berries to mature slowly and produce harder beans creating a concentration of rich flavors
  • The Special Reserve and the Gourmet Coffee SB LOS SANTOS is available in medium roast, revealing flavors such as dark chocolate, sugar cane, citrus, nutty etc.
  • Available in ground or whole bean in 9 oz, 12 oz, 1 LB packages
  • Ground coffee for use in coffee maker, French press, Italian stove, Aero, and chemex
  • Packaged with degassing valve to keep freshness and prevent the oxidation and tin tie in each bag
  • NO industrial sugar or chemical additives

Company Background

SB Café Los Santos, began their journey into the world of coffee with their first coffee shop in 2009 in San José, Costa Rica. In their pursuit of delivering the best coffee possible, they found themselves traveling to TARRAZÚ – an area in Los Santos known worldwide for its exquisite coffee. This area is located in the preferred region for cultivation of Arabica coffee due to climate and altitude.

After falling in love with the coffee in TARRAZÚ with its unique aromas and distinct flavors, owner Sindy Sevilla and her family relocated to the region. They now help keep up with the demands of coffee growers and provide support to women entrepreneurs in all aspects of the coffee industry of Costa Rica. Their coffee sustains and supports most of the locally grown coffee.

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

“Being an entrepreneur requires perseverance, an open mind, innovation and leadership. I go as far as my mind’s eye can see and I am limitless and full of potential, doing right for my business and most importantly for my family and community.”
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AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: SB Café Los Santos

Founded: 2015

WEConnect International Certified: 2016

HQ: San Jose, Costa Rica

Website: www.coffeesantoscostarica.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cafesantoscr

Slogan: "Taste the experience of superior coffee"

Retail: Amazon USA, Alibaba https://www.amazon.com/s?marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&me=A2CAZRF88JBPV&merchant=A2CAZRF88JBPV&redirect=true

Green Mustache

Green Mustache

About the Products

Green Mustache is a Brooklyn-based producer of organic green smoothies and snacks.  Each bottle of our organic, Non-GMO Project Verified smoothies contains two cups of kale and spinach as well as fruit, chia and coconut water.  We blend--rather than juice--our drinks to retain the fiber and nutrients found in the skin and leaves of our organic produce.  Consumers like our products as a better-for-you version of their previous beverage choices, or because they prefer smoothies to juices for the fiber content, or simply because we offer a tasty, affordable and approachable way to incorporate greens into their day.

Recently, we launched a new line of crackers, Mustache Munchies, which are Goldfish-inspired baked crackers that are also organic, gluten-free, vegan and made with clean, healthy ingredients such as chickpea flour, kale and chia.  Because we believe that healthy foods can be delicious and fun, our crackers are in a whimsical handlebar mustache shape...be warned, it'll be hard not to play with your food.

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Company Background

The story of Green Mustache began as a story shared by millions of moms—it's the one about a child and her very particular eating habits—including her strong aversion to greens.  We soon realized this story stretched far beyond the narrative of the picky eater and simply became the story of every person trying to find convenient and tasty ways to be healthy.  

At Green Mustache, we’re channeling our passion for delicious and healthy foods into creating super-snacks that are super-tasty, approachable and fun for everyone.   And in keeping with our origin story, nutrient-dense, leafy greens are the base of every awesome thing we make—Greens for all, big and small!

 

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

“As an immigrant to this country and a mother of two daughters, I’m incredibly proud to be a Women Owned business and recognize the good fortune I have to be able to follow my passions and create a business that strives to effect change by making healthy eating more accessible for everyone. My young daughters are already aspiring entrepreneurs and I want them to know that when the time comes for them to pursue their dreams, a strong network of women will be there to inspire and support them.”
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AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name:  Green Mustache

Founded:  2013

WBENC Certified: 2016

HQ: Brooklyn, NYUSA

Website:  www.getgreenmustache.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GoGreenMustache

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/GoGreenMustache

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/gogreenmustache/

Slogan:  Greens for All, Big and Small!

Retail: Please visit our store locator.

Sweet Jules Gifts

Sweet Jules Gifts

About the Products

Our caramels are like fine chocolate, made with fresh cream and butter and other amazing ingredients without any preservatives. Our caramel is fresh and delicious, as good sweets should be!

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Company Background

With over 50 years of professional cooking experience between them, sisters Jule Vranian and Hope Klocker are particular about what they produce. No short cuts, no compromise, we use only real ingredients. Sweet Jules Caramels are the product of many years of testing, family critiquing, loving encouragement, and high expectations.

 

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

“We grew up in a restaurant family with a mother that paved the way for us as business owners. She ran two restaurants and was the face of the business. People knew they were in good hands when they walked through the door. They trusted her to deliver the very best. We strive to do the same with our candy business. Sweet Jules is a small women-owned business in the huge candy industry. We are excited to be part of a great organization like WBENC that brings value and focus to the work women are accomplishing in business today.”
- Hope Klocker & Jule Vranian

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: Sweet Jules Gifts

Founded: 2011

WBENC Certified: 2017

HQ: Minnetonka, MN, USA

Website: www.sweetjulesgifts.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Caramelartisan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sweetjulescaramels/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sweetjulesgifts/

Slogan: Sweet Jules Caramels - only one bite away from happiness.

Retail: 10902 Greenbrier Rd., Minnetonka, MN 55305

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Bow K

Bow K

About the Products

Bow K® is a patented, crafting surface used to create centerpieces, bouquets, tree toppers, gift arrangements and more using a wide variety of new or repurposed materials.  Ribbons and bows, fresh or silk flowers, candy, cake pops, wired decorations, balloons and other materials are easily Bow K®’ed into the 48 holes or handle!  Bow K® is simple to use and appropriate for any celebration or season!

Just some of the many benefits include:

  • In addition to being very supportive, a Bow K®’ed centerpiece is easy to lift, allowing the water to be refreshed without difficulty
  • A wedding rehearsal Bow K® is far sturdier and more attractive than the traditional paper plate bouquet
  • A holiday Bow K® is a great way to bond with the family during an otherwise hectic time of year. As a tree topper the Bow K® makes is easy to cascade ribbon in a symmetrical manner while providing a sturdy surface to construct the topper of your dreams!

Company Background

Bow K® is a brand with not just a purpose, but a repurpose! Our purpose is to create an entirely new way to craft with unlimited applications for everyone from DIYers and families to top floral and event designers.  Our repurpose is to promote the reuse of ribbons, bows, and other decorative items which might otherwise be discarded. It is important to note that these items are generally not recyclable and have a detrimental effect on our environment.

By creating applications in floral, gifting, holiday, edible displays and more, Bow K® has repurposed a somewhat dated bridal shower tradition into a current, eco-conscious way to craft.

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

“I believe in building a tribe of believers in your brand. My board of advisors was formed as a direct result of a CWE class with Sandra McNamara. It now includes Steve Graham from Toner Plastics, Inc. whose team has been invaluable in helping to further the Bow K product line. You never know how the WBENC network will work for you. They are there to help us.”
– Deanna Russo, Bow K Owner

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name:  Bow K

Founded:  2013

WBENC Certified: 2015

HQ:  North Kingstown, Rhode Island, USA

Website: http://bowk.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BowKFloraRibbonCraft/

Slogan: Bow K Your Way For any celebration or season!

Retail:

Online

Amazon Prime,

Shindigz.com

StumpsParty.com

Etsy

Local Brick and Mortar:

Paper Moon Invitations

Various local florists and hair salons

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Duobed

Duobed

About the Products

Duobed starts with a storage ottoman. Add a sofaback pillow and you have a chair. Add more ottomans and pillows to make chaise lounges, sofas, sectionals, twin beds, and king beds. Built with the highest quality materials and beautiful décor options, Duobed is the one answer to all your furniture challenges for any room. Duobed furniture offers comfort, versatility, and value. With Duobed, the possibilities are endless… Duobed is “Legos for Adults!” You will have fun creating the look you want and changing it effortlessly whenever your mood or needs change.

Company Background

Duobed is an American furniture manufacturing company with a new concept that easily transforms storage ottomans into chairs, sofabeds, and sectionals. Designed for today’s lifestyle with lumbar comfort and style, maximizing your space and minimizing your cost. The possibilities are endless.  We can customize the fabric, cushion firmness, and even the dimensions to meet your needs. Duobed is ideal for family and visitor seating or sleeping in hospitals, hotels, offices, government housing, student housing, and any home -- anywhere people need to sit and sleep.  We provide 5 Star consumer reviewed furniture at an affordable price.

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

I love the challenge of creating something and making it successful.

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: Duobed

Founded: 2009

WBENC Certified: 2011

HQ: Irvine, CA, USA

Website: http://www.duobed.com/

Twitter: @duobed

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Duobed/

Slogan: Modular Multi-Functional Furniture, the possibilities are endless!

Retail: www.duobed.com, www.amazon.com, www.wayfair.com, www.wayfair.ca, www.grainger.com, www.houzz.com, www.goedekers.com

Caribbean Products

Caribbean Products

About the Products

“Global Delights” Jamaican Style Turnovers, Patties, are hand-held turnovers consisting of savory, island-style-seasoned beef, spicy beef or chicken filling wrapped in a light, flaky, oven-baked crust. Product advantages include: delicious taste; impeccable quality; attractive appearance; easy to handle; no preparation; no utensils needed; just heat and eat. 

“Global Delights” are made in a state-of-the-art USDA inspected facility certified by NSF Food Safety as SQF Level 3.

Company Background

As a little girl, I rode my bike daily along the Caribbean Sea coast to the local grocery store to pick up Patties. I dreamed of growing up, making Patties in the States and sharing this local flavor with the rest of the world. Our family vacations ended, but my ambition persisted.

In 1989 I turned my dream into reality, incorporated Caribbean Products, LTD, trademarked “Global Delights”, perfected my Patty recipe and began making and selling “Global Delights” Patties in my home town, Baltimore, MD. Sales to local grocery and convenience stores were hugely successful and nearly three decades later I am proud to report strong sales to our original customers as well as throughout the USA and Canada.

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

In a short period of time, my WBENC experience has been inspiring and certification has opened new networking opportunities. Sandra Eberhard, Executive Director, WPEO DC, brought our Patties to the attention of Starbucks when we became certified. Upon Sandra’s introduction, Starbucks contacted us and we are now communicating.   I am thankful to my Ahold Delhaize buyer who recommended WBENC Certification. Twenty-eight years ago when I founded Caribbean Products, LTD and first sold “Global Delights” Jamaican Style Turnovers, Patties, to Giant Food, now owned by Ahold Delhaize, I did not know that being a female business ownerdistinguished my company. Today, I know that being Women Owned earns great respect from even the biggest name customers, like Walmart & Target.

I am looking forward to evolving with WBENC and incorporating the WBENC dynamic philosophy and education into many more decades of running my business successfully.

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: Caribbean Products, LTD

Founded: 1989

WBENC Certified: 2016

HQ: Baltimore, MD, USA

Website:  www.caribbeanproductsltd.com

Slogan:  Trademarked Logo: “Global Delights”

Retail: sold warm in convenience stores throughout the US and Canada, including 7-Eleven and Valero/Corner Store and sold frozen in individual retail packages in grocery stores including Target, Ahold Delhaize, Super Valu, ShopRite and Weis

Laita

Laita

About the Products

To date, we have developed and placed 26 products in the market under the LAITA brand and 24 products under the DI LINO BRILLANTI professional brand.  Additionally we have 16 specialized spa products under the LAITA SPA brand.  Our products are sold in the main supermarkets, macrobiotics stores, beauty parlors and spas in the country.

Our goal is to continue to grow and become recognized in the region as a company that develops and produces high quality natural cosmetics, expanding our reach to Central America and the Caribbean.

Company Background

Cosmeticos Laitadevelops, produces and distributes innovative cosmetics based on natural ingredients.  Its team is led by Costa Rican women who are passionate about what they do. Our journey began in 2003 when we won the V National Entrepreneur Contest, Innovation category, organized by the Technological Institute of Costa Rica.  Our winning submission was a product for curly hair based on natural ingredients.  There have been many steps and awards along the way, and we are proud to say our products can be found in major retail and hotel chains.

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

Overcoming the challenges of managing a women-owned company brings us fulfillment both personally and professionally. We must lead and break paradigms, especially in a Latin American country where the male roles are still ingrained, but this is our time.

It is a time when social patterns are changing, when people are opening their minds to new possibilities, and when more and more support is generated from government entities, NGOs and organizations such as WEConnect International. All of this pushes us to move forward!

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: Cosméticos Laita

Founded: 2003 WEConnect International

Certified: 2015

HQ: Heredia, Costa Rica

Website:  www.laitacr.com

Facebook:  cosmeticoslaita

Slogan:  Sí funciona (It Works)

Costa Rica: Walmart, MasXMenos, Maxi Palí, Mioderma, Marriott Hotels, macrobiotics stores, independent supermarkets, beauty salons, and spas

Tooth Fairy’s Tale

Tooth Fairy’s Tale

About the Products

I created a fun Tooth Fairy tradition for the whole family. It’s a 5 piece Tooth Fairy kit (game) that encourages good oral hygiene, (brushing and flossing their teeth twice a day), beginner reading, fun parent/child interaction that includes the whole family, and a Baby Teeth Keepsake Book that stores all 20 baby teeth a child loses. Baby Teeth contain DNA and should be kept. It’s a win-win for both kids and parents!

Company Background

I am a mom of two amazing kids, one who is a beautiful, nonverbal, autistic girl. I had a dream job in real estate, working for a developer, selling model homes. One day my husband begged me to quit my dream job because my daughter was having a hard time and needed me home full time. Without a second thought, I quit to stay home and make my daughter my priority and focus. But now, how could I help bring in the money our family needed? I had the perfect idea! After creating a great way to store my son’s baby teeth, I realized that was the time to work from home and create something wonderful and unique for ALL parents and kids out there! I created a fun Tooth Fairy Tradition (game and keepsake) for the whole family! When a young child loses a tooth, it’s a tremendously exciting event- visible proof of growing up! Children show off the gaping hole with pride, bringing home newly missing teeth to their families and placing them in their tooth pillow for the magical tooth fairy who mysteriously whisks it away…

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

Being a woman owned business is so rewarding! It teaches our kids that the sky is the limit! It you can dream it, you can do it! The sky is the limit! Work hard and dream big!
Cool Towel

Cool Towel

About the Products

Everyone sweats!  With the demand for high quality products that provide immediate cooling relief, we developed a unique lifestyle product designed to satisfy that demand. Cool Towels are individually packaged, hygienic cooling towels designed to cool, clean, and refresh the body anytime, anywhere.  A Cool Towel is a 100% terry cotton towel infused with our proprietary, all-natural cooling solution that is designed to cool on contact.  Cool Towels need no preparation, no refrigeration, and no water source - they are ready-to-use.  For anyone feeling hot or for anyone that wants to cool down and feel refreshed, a Cool Towel is a value priced, consumable product that offers instant cooling relief and can be reused throughout the day.  Feel good with Cool Towels!

Company Background

Cool Towel, LLC was established in 2014, and is the leading supplier of all natural, self-cooling towels.  The company is headquartered in Las Vegas, NV under the leadership of Danielle Domnitz, CEO.  Cool Towel is proud to be a Certified Woman-Owned Business (“WBE”) by both WBENC and WOSB.

Cool Towel products are individually wrapped cotton towels infused with an all-natural cooling solution, designed to make people feel good.  The company currently has distributors in the United States and Canada, representing both our retail and promotional products.

Our newest addition to the Cool Towel product line is the Decon Towel, which is specially formulated to help decontaminate firefighters after they extinguish a fire.  There’s nothing like this on the market today and we are proud to be able to help firefighters everywhere.

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

Being a Certified Woman-Owned Business through WBENC is a true commitment to promoting the businesses of female entrepreneurs by encouraging the advancement of women in leadership positions, all in the name of supplier diversity.  WBENC has made a tremendous impact on my business through education, procurement opportunities, and mentorship.

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: Cool Towel, LLC

Founded: 2014

WBENC Certified: 2016

HQ: Las Vegas, NV USA

Website:  www.cool-towel.com

Twitter: twitter.com/cooltowelusa

Facebook: facebook.com/cooltowelUSA

Slogan: feel good

Retail: cooltowelonline.com

InnovatorsBox

InnovatorsBox

About the Products

Great questions are powerful. They can inspire you, encourage you, challenge you cause you to reflect and be creative. SPARK is our creativity card game for you and your friends to do just that. This game is about getting to know each other and exploring your creativity. The deck is divided into three themes: curiosity, reflection and creativity. Each question will challenge your assumption, defer judgement and help have an open mind. It’s a great game to play with your friends, family members, colleagues, and new friends at a conference. It’s the game you will use for your team retreat, ideation session, conference reception, family reunion, dinner date, traveling, and self-reflection. The sky is the limit. You will never want to simply say ‘what do you do’ at your next networking event.

Company Background

InnovatorsBox ® empowers leaders and organizations to rethink creativity and innovation at work. While creativity is often quoted as the most important quality for leadership and organizational growth, Gallup found that 87% of professionals worldwide feel stuck and lack a creative outlet. Our mission is to change this status quo and empower all professionals by making creativity practical, tangible and relatable. We build products and community and offer creative consulting, coaching, workshops, speaking and curriculum development for teams and organizations. InnovatorsBox ® has won national awards in recognition of its innovative problem solving and community engagement such as the American Small Business Championship by SCORE and Sam’s Club and the first runner up award as the Best Technology Startup in DC in 2016 by Technology in Motion.

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

Never stop dreaming, building, reflecting, daring, and doing all over again. Building a business takes time and building a great business as a female entrepreneur takes patience, humility, and determination. Always learn and ask but never give up. Prepare yourself for the marathon and don’t settle for the short term gain. Seek wisdom from others and learn again. Be kind, always.

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: InnovatorsBox ®

Founded: 2016

WBENC Certified: 2016

HQ: Washington, DC, USA

Website: www.Innovatorsbox.com/spark (for product) www.Innovatorsbox.com (for general)

Twitter: Innovatorsbox

Facebook: InnovatorsBox

Slogan: “Creativity makes me most alive”

Retail: Online or at events only www.Innovatorsbox.com/spark

The Greater Knead

The Greater Knead

About the Products

At The Greater Knead all products are “free-from” gluten and the top common food allergens. The current line of bagels includes classic flavors like plain, everything and cinnamon raisin as well as fun, seasonal and limited edition flavors like pumpkin, french toast, tomato basil and rainbow. In 2017, The Greater Knead will be launching a line of bagel chips to make snacking on the go easier for those with food allergies. Additional new products are in the works, and will all remain true to the mission of serving the greater need of consumers.

Company Background

Michelle Carfagno started with a passion for baking and a family with food allergies; she set out on a mission to recreate her family’s favorite food, a bagel. In 2012, The Greater Knead (formerly Sweet Note Bakery) was founded with the idea that food should be created to serve the greater need of the consumers. Today, The Greater Knead is a wholesale food manufacturer specializing in gluten-free and top allergen-free (no wheat, dairy, egg, soy, peanuts or tree-nuts) products aimed at creating transparency in the food industry. By inspiring and empowering change in the food industry, The Greater Knead is ensuring the “free-from” community can EAT CONFIDENTLY.

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

Being a Women Owned business means EVERYTHING! I personally struggled with not feeling confident enough to actually start a business. That feeling overwhelmed me for many years until I thought about the difference I could make in not just the food industry, but in demonstrating to other women who have a business dream that they could do it too! Being a part of the WBENC community is so empowering.

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: The Greater Knead

Founded: 2012

WBENC Certified: 2015

HQ: Bensalem PA USA

Website: www.TheGreaterKnead.com

Twitter: @glutenfreebagel

Facebook: @thegreaterknead

Slogan: Eat Confidently

Retail: Wegmans, ShopRite, WholeFoods, Weis, Kings, Balduccis, MOM’s, CVS (in Florida) and online at www.thegreaterknead.com

Temp-n-toss

Temp-n-toss

About the Product

Temp-N-Toss Disposable Forehead Thermometer Strips are the fast, easy, and eco-friendly way to check for a fever or monitor temperatures for children and adults! Temp-N-Toss thermometer strips are specially designed to give a quick, accurate reading, and the medical-grade adhesive means they'll stay in place for continual monitoring for up to 48 hours. Plus, the non-invasive forehead strips are ideal for checking the temperature of a fussy toddler, sleeping infant or cranky child. Each all-paper thermometer is free of latex, Mylar, glass, mercury and other harmful chemicals, and they do not require batteries. Temp-N-Toss Disposable Forehead Thermometer Strips are also perfect for travel; just slip them in a pocket, purse, or diaper bag so you can always have them on hand.

Company Background

Tempagenix was founded by two friends and colleagues who had lunch during an Ohio Regional Valley Regional Partner Organization Catch the Wave conference.  Shelly Heller, President of Allied Shipping & Packaging Supplies and April Pollock, Vice President of the C-3 Group, began discussing an issue with a mutual manufacturing friend about promoting an inventory of thermometers that had previously only been sold wholesale to hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. Shelly and April saw an opportunity to market directly to consumers and took it one step further by identifying a need for a more eco-friendly solution than the disposable thermometers currently available on the market. With the support of their WBENC contacts, the duo took a chance on launching the new start-up nationally and landed Walmart.com as their first retail channel!

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

Being a part of WBENC has allowed us to have the contacts and relationships we needed to launch Temp-N-Toss to the retail market nationally. From our supplier diversity contacts to other WBEs promoting our product within their own network, it has truly been women believing in women that brought us here today! - Shelly Heller, President of ASAPi & Co-Founder of Tempagenix

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name:  Tempagenix, LLC. – Distributed by Allied Shipping & Packaging Supplies, Inc.

Founded:  2016

WBENC Certified:  In Progress, submitting the LLC in 2017

HQ:  3681 Vance Road, Dayton, Ohio 45439

Website:  In Progress. Landing page: www.asapi.com/temp-n-toss

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tempagenix

Slogan:   Because a Fever is Never Convenient

Retail:  Walmart.com; heonline.us

Galassi Foods, LLC

Galassi Foods, LLC

ABOUT THE PRODUCTS

The four flavors have something for everyone.  Galassi Pasta Sauce is our traditional sauce derived from our Italian family recipe that has been passed down through generations.  Galassi Sweet Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce is for the sweet sauce lover and is the only sauce that we add extra sugar too.  Galassi Parmesan Cheese Pasta Sauce is for the cheese lover.  This sauce is made with the highest quality real aged parmesan cheese.  Galassi Mushroom sauce is an explosion of flavors.  Large slices of mushrooms mixed with our sauce makes for the perfect combination.  Galassi Foods is making the taste of homemade a reality for busy families!  Love in a jar!

Company Background

After years of having what we call "Soul Food Sunday" where we spent hours cooking for family, friends and neighbors, our family started Galassi Foods in 2009.  People who enjoyed our cooking continued to comment on how we needed to bottle the recipes and sell them for everyone to enjoy. And that is how it all started, from our kitchen to yours! From our family to yours!  We took our favorite recipes and started to sell them. We started at local farmers markets and after a great response, we started selling to local grocery stores. Galassi Foods continues to grow with many national retailers. We take pride in listening to all of our customers and have grown with their needs and requests.

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

Starting a business is scary. However, starting a business in a male dominated field is even scarier. It was difficult to get people to take me seriously. I struggled with grocery stores thinking we were a small company and it was a hobby. When I learned of WBENC my entire company changed. After receiving our certificate, I took it with me to all of my meetings. For the first time they took notice and took me seriously. Women purchase 90% of all consumer products. They want to buy from women owned companies.

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: Galassi Foods, LLC

Founded: 2009

WBENC Certified: 2015

HQ: Coralville, IA United States

Website: www.galassifoods.com

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter

Slogan: Making the taste of homemade a reality for busy families.

Retail: Hy-VeeFarewayWhole FoodsKrogerCostcoSams ClubWal-Mart

Hall Brands Chedz Snacks

Hall Brands Chedz Snacks

About the Products

Chedz is a line of flavorful, cheesy and wholesome snacks loved by adults and children. Enjoy Chedz straight from the bag, or serve them with party mixes, salads, soups, dips, beer, wine, cocktails, coffee and many other accompaniments. Chedz can also be used as a delicious, low carb alternative to bread crumbs in recipes. Chedz comes in wheat and gluten free varieties, and is made with simple ingredients. In addition to being low carb, it is high in protein, has no added sugar, and is full of real cheese and savory spices. Our baked cheese snacks are wonderfully addicting, and family members will fight over them or hide them from one another. Smile…say Chedz!

Company Background

Hall Brands was founded by Susan Hall in September 2013 from her desire to re-invent herself, and from the encouragement of her family and friends to market her coveted baked cheese snacks called Chedz. When Susan, a former program manager for a tech company, became a stay at home mom, she yearned to have the best of both worlds. She wanted to stay at home raising her children while enjoying a challenging part-time career. She did not imagine that the first bags to hit store shelves would fly off so quickly. She could not keep up with the demand. Three years later, Hall Brands now sells nationally, appearing in major grocery chains and natural retailers and winning a national Comcast Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Grand Prize.

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

I am proud to be a Women Owned business and am honored to be certified by WBENC. I hope that I can inspire young girls to consider becoming entrepreneurs. My goal is to continue to provide stay at home parents a part time outlet and to give back to the many food organizations that helped our family as I was growing up.
- Susan Hall

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: Hall Brands LLC

Founded: 2013

WBENC Certified: 2016

HQ: Portland, OR USA

Website: http://chedzsnacks.com/

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Slogan: Smile…Say CHEDZ!

Retail: http://chedzsnacks.com/nearby-locations/

  • Kroger (Fred Meyer, QFC [slated 1/23/17]…)

  • QFC 2017

  • Safeway 2017
  • Whole Foods

  • New Seasons

  • Safeway (slated for Nov/Dec 2016)

  • Other natural grocers across the U.S.

Southern Valley Produce

Southern Valley Produce

About the Products

We grow a variety of vegetables, but our signature product is the Pole-Grown Cucumber.  In addition to our prized cucumbers, we also grow yellow squash, green beans, zucchini, bell pepper, specialty peppers in 12 different varieties, eggplant, pickles, cabbage, hard squash, sweet corn, and mini-sweet peppers. In recent years, we have expanded our growing and packing abilities to include farming in the Yucatan Peninsula during the winter season and in Tennessee for the summer growing months. By farming in these two locations, in addition to the original farm in Georgia, we are able to supply our customers with product year-round.

Company Background

In a small community in South Georgia, where farming is a way of life, your neighbor is your next of kin, and the gas station down the road serves as your local grocery store, Kent Hamilton lives and works as a 6th generation farmer.  As is typical for the area, Kent comes from a long line of South Georgian farmers, but he took his farming operation in a different direction in 1987 when he joined with his father, brother, and a friend to start Southern Valley Fruit and Vegetable, Inc. 

In that same year, Kent lost his brother due to a tragic accident on an irrigation pivot system and by 1991 Kent’s father had regrettably succumbed to cancer. A few years later, Wanda Hamilton-Tyler and her son Kent were left as the sole owners of the farming operation. Wanda stepped in to run the business with her son, and over the years, they brought trusted family and community members into the business to continue growing the operation. Since those humble beginnings, Southern Valley has grown into a progressive and innovative growing, packing, and shipping facility while remaining true to its traditional farm roots and family values. 

As we have expanded, we have worked diligently to become more self-sufficient. This includes beginning all of our produce from seed in our greenhouses, generating our own fertilizer, and now experimenting with ways to provide our own stakes for our esteemed Pole-Grown Cucumbers. Not only do we grow the produce in the fields, we also wash and pack the product in our state-of-the-art packing house, and chill it in our high-humidity forced air cooler before shipping the product directly to our customers. We pride ourselves on being a true seed to shelf operation.

We are a woman-owned and family-operated company that operates exactly like that – a family. Since 1987, the company has grown from a four-man farming effort into a recognized and respected business that supplies produce across the East Coast, throughout the United States, and northward to Canada.  We combine old fashioned values and traditions with modern, progressive, and innovative thinking. Our family values and farm roots run deep but our future is full of cutting edge potential. 

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

"My husband, Benny, and youngest son, Kirk, died early into the start of our farming operation. A lot of people thought the business wouldn’t continue after their deaths. It’s been me and my son, Kent, since almost the very beginning and there isn’t anything on this farm a worker is asked to do that I haven’t done at some point. I never imagined we would get this large, but I am honored that so much of my immediate and extended family would choose to come back to help make the farming operation the success it is today."
- Wanda Hamilton-Tyler

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: Southern Valley Fruit and Vegetable, Inc.

Founded: 1987

WBENC Certified: 2003

HQ: Norman Park, GA

Website: https://southernvalley.us/

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter

Slogan: “Taste the Valley” and “One Farm, Three Locations.” Also, “#Southernallyearlong”

Retail: Look for us in your local grocery stores!