Tisanas Orquidea

Tisanas Orquidea

About the Products

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Their suppliers are mainly Colombian farmers, from whom they buy different fruits and herbs under fair trade terms, which benefits local workers and their families, and guarantees a premium quality and detailed selection of our raw materials.

Their portfolio currently consists of:

  • Herbal natural teas in filter bags: chamomile, peppermint, cinnamon, lemon balm and basil.

  • A brown sugar cane (panela) products line: brown sugar cane in block, flavored brown sugar cane in little cubes and instant brown sugar cane powder which is an excellent refined sugar substitute as a healthier and economical option.

  • Black and green tea in filter bags.

  • Functional teas

As the first Colombian enterprise to be certified as Women Owned, it represents for us, our perseverance on positioning and internationalizing our brand and the amazing support we have received from WEConnect International and the Colombian American Chamber of Commerce.

Having the Women Owned Logo on our products’ packing has given us several opportunities to introduce our business to important national and international clients as it is a well-known and trustworthy certification.

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Company Background

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Tisanas Orquidea Ltd is a Colombian company founded in 1983. Since the beginning, their main purpose has been to establish themselves as a company of herbal and tea bagged beverages with a focus on excellence and high quality.

The company has established strict quality control for their production process, achieving excellence in their manufacturing and satisfying the demanding requirements for national and international markets.

 

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

“Since 2014 we have been involved with WEConnect International. Being part of it has been edifying for us. We have received several trainings and attended forums related to different topics about the importance of the role we play in society as businesswomen.

WEConnect International trade shows have been a unique opportunity for expanding our networks and meeting potential customers and suppliers from all over the globe.

Hopefully, every Colombian businesswoman gets involved with WEConnect International to boost her enterprise development and growth. It’s a great opportunity and experience.”
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AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name:  Tisanas Orquidea

Founded:  1983

WBENC Certified: 2015

HQ: Bogota, Colombia

Website:  www.orquideainfusiones.com (Under construction)

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Tisanas-Orquidea-LTDA-604224252939534/

Slogan:  La esencia de lo natural (Essence of the natural)

Retail: Tisanas Orquidea Ltd sells its products in Colombian commercial chain stores and has distributors nationwide to reach all Colombian households.

Our main clients:

-Pricesmart https://shop.pricesmart.com/

-Almacenes Éxito http://www.exito.com/

- Supermercados Carulla http://www.carulla.com/

- Supermercados Olimpica http://www.olimpica.com/

-Almacenes Colsubsidio http://www.colsubsidio.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51&Itemid=109

 

TinyTys

TinyTys

About the Products

TinyTys™: Connect and Reconnect. Create and Recreate. Imagine and Reimagine. TinyTys™ is an activity kit that stimulates creativity, and at the same time is SO FUN! TinyTys™ are made for children ages 4 and up, they pull apart with just a tug, and are a unique craft that allow children to create and recreate personalized jewelry to wear, share and decorate clothing and belongings.

Grown-ups love them too for many reasons; they provide a Discovery Learning experience [STEM, COMMON CORE, and ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)] for younger children and help them to improve dexterity and fine motor skills. It’s an imaginative way to have fun while learning!

They are releasable, reusable, with no tools required. Entirely Made in the USA, they have minimal environmental impact, and – completing the circle – the more children who play with TinyTys™, the more children who are fed.

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Company Background

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In 2016 Kimberly Meek and her partner Mike Nipke developed and patented TinyTys™ – a craft for children ages 4 and up – and were honored when it was nominated as a finalist for 2017’s Craft of the Year by the Association for Creative Industries.

Kimberly founded Hacha Products Corporation, the parent company of TinyTys, as a platform to create resources for under-nourished schoolchildren. From Day 1, she has been committed to eradicate hunger in the classroom. A lot of her time and energy is spent discovering and leveraging resources to accomplish that. Each TinyTys purchase helps support Blessings In a Backpack. Blessings In a Backpack fills 93,000 backpacks each weekend for children with food insecurities in United States. One in every five children do not know where their next meal will come from. Every 5 TinyTys kits sold, fills a backpack for a child.

 

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

“Being certified as a woman owned business enables us to gain access to best practices and thought leadership that are unavailable - or overlooked - by others.  It allows us to create value in unique ways for an ever-changing landscape.” – Kimberly Meek, Owner/CEO of Hacha Products
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AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name:  Hacha Products Corp.

Founded:  2015

WBENC Certified: 2015

HQ: Hacha Products Corp.

Website:  www.TinyTys.com

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/TinyTysActivity

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

Slogan:  Children helping children

Retail: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074XYMYVC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_dp_FiYQzbTHJFBHC

Toydriver

Toydriver

About the Products

A staple for every home with kids (and especially on Christmas morning!), Toydriver is a small, battery operated screwdriver specifically for those pesky screws on all toy battery covers, a problem experienced by parents globally. Toydriver’s magical-sized Phillips and flathead bits replace small to medium-sized screwdrivers, making it an all-in-one solution. Kids get back to having fun faster with a quick and easy way to change their toys’ batteries, which also means toys are no longer put out to pasture because of a dead battery. Toydriver’s long and narrow bit reaches recessed screws perfectly, with the right amount of power that won’t strip small screws. Toydriver is an affordable, impulse upsell that also helps drive battery sales.

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Company Background

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Toydriver is 100% owned by Lauren Levy, who has extensive experience innovating and bringing to market problem-solving products for parents. Toydriver was founded when Lauren’s 3 little ones let their bubble guns run down the battery for the umpteenth time. Looking for an easier way than elbow grease to pop in new batteries, Lauren couldn’t find a solution that wouldn’t strip the small screws on all of the toys and get the job done quickly. Toydriver first came to market for holiday 2015 into 10 major retailers and has grown exponentially since. Toydriver’s mission is to help time-strapped parents and to be sold in every store that carries toys.

 

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

“I'm very proud and grateful to be a Women Owned business in an industry where there are so few of us. It's important that we get a chance to be seen and to succeed so that we may ultimately give back to our families and communities in a meaningful way.  Consumers today are like no other - they care where their products are made and who is making them. The Women Owned logo is a powerful tool that gives them the opportunity to directly support woman-owned businesses, and that's good for everyone.” – Lauren Levy, Founder of Toydriver
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AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name:  Toydriver

Founded:  2015

WBENC Certified: 2017

HQ: New Rochelle, NY USA

Website:  https://www.thetoydriver.com/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/thetoydriver

Slogan:  Let the Fun Begin!

Retail: Bed Bath & Beyond, Buy Buy Baby, Toys R Us, Container Store, Wegmans, Staples, JC Penney, Menards, Cracker Barrell, Pat Catans

BuzzBalls

BuzzBalls

About the Products

We manufacture award winning premium spirits (XIII KINGS Vodka, Pelican Harbor Rum, Pelican Harbor Black Rum, Andrew John’s Gin, Crooked Fox Bourbon), Closet Freak White wine, and ready-to-drink cocktails called BuzzBallz. This year we also started making private label brands for other liquor companies as well as non-alcoholic energy drinks in addition to our own brands. We are FDA certified, as well as Kosher Certified. Our products are distributed with major liquor distribution companies around the world, and carried at most major liquor stores in the U.S. Find a store.

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Company Background

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BuzzBallz/Southern Champion is a Distillery/Winery manufacturing company in Dallas, that specializes in making ready-to-drink cocktails (BuzzBallz), as well as premium spirits like vodka, rum, gin and bourbon. We import/export wines and spirits, and also manufacture private label brands. We sell in over 40 states in the US to grocery, liquor, convenience stores, arenas and airlines. Major customers include Walmart, Total Wine & More, Meijers, Ralph's, Kroger, American Airlines Center, Spirit Airlines and Cebu Pacific Airlines. Our next step is to expand into the international market and we are selling to Bermuda, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Philippines.

 

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

“Having a vision, and seeing it in your mind, working through every detail, and having the tenacity to make it work, takes a lot of faith in yourself. Even when family and friends discourage you, sometimes you have to make life changes out of necessity, because the alternative is not acceptable. Each mistake gets you one step closer to becoming an expert”
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AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name:  BuzzBallz / Southern Champion LLC

Founded:  2009

WBENC Certified: 2016

HQ: Dallas, Texas, USA

Website:  www.buzzballz.comwww.southern-champion.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/buzzballzhttps://twitter.com/southern_champ

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/BuzzBallz/https://www.facebook.com/SouthernChampion/

Slogan:  BuzzBallz - Have a Ball!!, Southern Champion - Premium Quality, Exceptional Style

Retail: We are sold in 40 US states plus some international countries (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bermuda), in liquor stores, convenience stores, grocery stores as well as arenas like American Airlines Center, and Airlines like Spirit Air, and Cebu Pacific in the Philippines. Find a store.

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