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!

Graceship

Graceship

About the Products

Typically when buying a purse, the decision is left between fashion or function. However, our handbags give customers the opportunity to have both! Here at GRACESHIP, we believe women should not be limited with the choice of a handbag for work or travel. Today women are more on-the-go than they have ever been, so we tailored our handbags for their mobile lifestyle. All of our handbags feature a 15” laptop sleeve, credit card slots, multiple pockets to store chargers or lip gloss, and a luxurious chocolate colored interior. Now the only choice left to make is which style will you carry?

COMPANY BACKGROUND

It all started back in 2008 when our founder, Emily Gimmel, was struck with the vision to create a world where women can be the ultimate girl boss without the dreaded hassle of carrying an unappealing briefcase. Emily understood that women crave the essential components of a briefcase, but desire the appearance of a handbag. The launch of GRACESHIP in 2012 did just that; these handbags made it possible for women to have a professional carry all. Today GRACESHIP is a mobile lifestyle brand exclusively for women. Our belief at GRACESHIP is that luxury is a lifestyle, not a price point.

Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

“The opportunity to be a WBENC certified business is unlike any other. From the moment I began my career, I knew I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. Having the support of other women, WBENC, and myself makes the GRACESHIP that much more special to me. I am honored to give women the necessary tools they need to carry throughout their career and personal life.”
- Emily Gimmel

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: GRACESHIP

Founded: 2012

WBENC Certified: 2014

HQ: Louisville, KY, 40059

Website: https://thegraceship.com

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Slogan: Changing the game for briefcases one handbag at a time.

Retail: https://thegraceship.com/products

eb5

eb5

About the Product

eb5 specializes in creating anti-aging skincare treatments to treat and prevent the signs of aging for healthier, younger-looking skin. Our formulas are based in science and inspired by our pharmaceutical heritage with no irritants, fragrance or harsh chemicals. Named for the ingredients best for your skin: Vitamin E & Pro-Vitamin B5 delivered in a gentle and effective, moisturizing base.

Company Background

eb5’s cream base was initially created by Pharmacist Heldfond in the fifties as an odorless, greaseless cream he could use to deliver medications to burn victims. Heldfond was working with local Portland hospitals to create treatments, but it was the nurses who were the most excited about his creams. The nurses saw such a difference in their skin when they applied his medicinal creams to patients that they asked for a non-medicinal cream they could use every day. This was the inspiration for our cream today: Heldfond took his cream base, added the two best ingredients for healthy skin, Vitamin E and Vitamin B5, and called it his “formula e-b5” cream.

Over time additional products were added to the line, most of which were developed directly with Heldfond. Every product was added because it was gentle, effective, and non-irritating. Every product has Vitamins, botanicals, anti-oxidants and soothing formulas to ensure that you will have the same results that those nurses had decades ago: skin that you love.

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Quote from CEO on being a Women Owned business

"eb5 is a unique company, not only because it is women-owned, but because we support our community so tremendously. We are a family here, we care about our customers, our employees, and what we put out into the world. That is why we are so proud of being WBENC members, helping to support Women-Owned Businesses across the US."
- Donna Ames-Heldfond

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: eb5 Corporation

Founded: 1980

WBENC Certified: 2014

HQ: Portland, OR, USA

Website: www.eb5.com

Slogan: Intentionally Simple Skincare that Works

Retail: target.com, walgreens.com, drugstore.com, cleopatraschoice.com, Harris Teeter, Meijier, Kmart, Walmart, Weis, Woodmans, select boutiques and independent drug stores.

AutoTex

AutoTex

ABOUT THE PRODUCTS:

Today, with wipers ranging from 10” to 40”, AutoTex designs and produces wiper blades to fit nearly any vehicle in production.  In addition, they provide commercial vehicle and heavy duty wiper motors, wiper arms, and wiper system components throughout North America.

Our AutoTex PINK line of wiper blades has been growing in popularity since our launch in 2009.  To date they have proudly raised over $300,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).  They continue to grow partnerships with other chains and locations that have truly been beneficial to the foundation.

 

Company Background:

AUTOTEX was born in New Jersey in 1991 under the name Wipers Express, which evolved to Wexco Industries. They continued to develop into a full engineering and manufacturing company for heavy duty wiper systems. In late 2015, AUTOTEX spun off from parent Wexco Industries. They are a fresh name in the industry with a rich history full of experience and expertise. Their lineage, proficiency, and passion for this company and brand will continue to carry AutoTex and their partners to new heights!

 

Paula Lombard on being a Women Owned business:

I connected with WBENC and other women-owned businesses about 10 years ago in my 25+ year journey. Being a woman-owned business and a WBENC-Certified WBE has brought me together with so many women that truly do amazing things and are an inspiration to me. We continue to strive forward changing lives. Together. I highly recommend other women entrepreneurs to get involved in this great community.

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: AutoTex

Founded: 1991

WBENC Certified: 2016

HQ: Morristown, New Jersey USA

Website: http://www.getautotex.com/

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter

Slogan: Be Visionary

Retail: Amazon

Base Culture

Base Culture

ABOUT THE PRODUCTS:

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Base Culture® is an all-natural and gluten-free Paleo diet friendly company dedicated to helping individuals build healthier lives by providing the freshest and finest “real food” baked goods on the market. Our nut flours & butters are “homemade” in our bakery from 100% gluten free whole foods like seeds and nuts.  This ensures we provide the best tasting and highest quality gluten free Paleo diet friendly baked goods on the market. The product is easy, delicious, wholesome, “real food” that your body uses as fuel to make it through your day – all without refined salts, sugars, grain flours, or preservatives of any kind. Base Culture® products attract consumers seeking healthier alternatives: fitness enthusiasts, shoppers with gluten-free and diabetic challenges, and health-conscious consumers in general.

 

COMPANY BACKGROUND:

When Jordann Windschauer completed her first month-long Paleo challenge she felt incredible. As much as she loved this new clean way of eating, she had no way of indulging her sweet tooth without breaking the Paleo diet guidelines. And even when she did find so-called Paleo-friendly treats, they used ingredients that were not purely Paleo. Since Jordann could not find what she wanted, she set out to make her own Paleo-friendly sweet treats. She has even gone to the lengths of creating her own baking powder. Jordann shared her new confections with family, friends, and those at her CrossFit gym. She quickly realized she wasn’t the only one looking for Paleo-friendly treats. With people asking her to make more and more Jordann knew she stumbled on to something. From there Base Culture® was born.

 

Quote from Jordan Windschauser on being a Women Owned business: 

I have been involved with many organizations and conferences revolving around the food category. However, nothing compares to the networking and genuine connections that are made within WBENC. At a WBENC convention I am able to differentiate myself, and Base Culture to the large corporations that I am targeting. This has in turn resulted in prosperous relationships that are priceless. - Jordan-Windschauser

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: Base Culture

Founded: 2012

WBENC Certified: 2013

HQ:  Tampa, Florida, USA

Website: www.baseculture.com

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter

Slogan: Simple. Natural. Primal.

Retail: You can find our products at www.baseculture.comwww.amazon.com as well as in all the Florida-based Whole Foods Natural Markets. Additionally, Base Culture products are sold in over 90 natural food market places around the country, all of which can be found on our website at www.baseculture.com

Alliance Rubber

Alliance Rubber

About the Products:

While rubber bands have become a mainstay in offices, homes, schools and everywhere in between, Alliance Rubber remains committed to innovating for its retail partners, which include Walmart, Staples, Office Depot, The Container Store and Tractor Supply. Today, Alliance Rubber products are sold in 55 countries in a vast array of fun and functional colors, styles and sizes.

Alliance recently introduced workout bands which offer customers an uncomplicated workout option outside of the gym. The workout bands have exploded, making Alliance one of the top three suppliers for exercise equipment in the country. These printable bands extend Alliance’s reach far beyond the home and office and into new territory allowing customers to turn a rubber wristband into a mini-billboard for maximum promotional effect.

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Company Background:

What started as a simple, practical and reliable solution for everyday life has been transformed by the innovators at Alliance Rubber Company into a multi-faceted collection of more than 2,000 products and tools. Alliance, the nation’s largest rubber band manufacturer, sold 15 million pounds of rubber bands last year. Assuming an average band size of 3” by 1/8”, these bands could be laid end-to-end and easily encircle the globe 23 times.

Alliance, a proud woman-owned business, recently received ISO 9001:2008 certification, an internationally recognized statement on the quality of the company’s work and products. The company also won the Torch Award for Ethics from the Arkansas Better Business Bureau.

All of Alliance's rubber bands are excellent quality and made proudly in the United States.

 
“We are certainly in the minority when you consider that we are a female-led American manufacturer in Arkansas, but we work hard as a team, and we believe in what we are doing,” says Swayze. “To us, it is not just a rubber band, and it is not even the thousands of products — it is what we stand for here in the United States.”
-Bonnie Swayze

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: Alliance Rubber Company
Founded: 1923
WBENC Certified: 1999
HQ: Hot Springs, Arkansas – United States
Website: www.rubberband.com
Twitter: @AllianceRubber
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alliancerubbercompany/?fref=ts
Retail: Walmart, Hobby Lobby, The Container Store, Staples, Office Depot, Tractor Supply

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Garrigans

Garrigans

About the Products:

OnTrack is Garrigans.com’s streamlined purchasing program for office, janitorial, breakroom supplies and furniture. . . the things that keep your business running smoothly. The reality is 80% of your business needs can be satisfied with less than 20% of the thousands of products available. Finding your company’s right 20% is key. We clear the clutter to help find YOUR balance of price and functionality. We believe collaboration empowers and strengthens both our company and the businesses we serve.

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Company Background:

Garrigans.com is a third generation, family-owned office supply distributor.  Founder Albert Garrigan began as a Royal Typewriter dealer in 1939. Typewriter inventories were hard to maintain as US resources were directed to WWII efforts, so Al expanded into office supplies. Al’s son Patrick joined the company following his tour of duty in the Korean War. School supplies were a hot ticket due to the post-war baby boom. Continuing the family energy, Patrick’s wife Ileana, rocked furniture sales and interior design during the 60’s and 70’s. Their son, Joe expanded the company footprint with the acquisition of a second retail store in Kettering, Ohio. Joe added boutique retailing in the 80’s – high end fountain pens, Italian leather goods, executive gifts, and fine art supplies.

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Then came the big box philosophy of “stack it high and watch it fly”. Most independently owned office supply companies in the U.S. were killed off by the mid 90’s. Garrigans.com stayed in the game by embracing technology combined with a relentless desire to provide a level of customer service your grandmother would appreciate.

Joe’s wife Julie introduced professional sales training to staff in 2003. She focused on growing online activity. Retail was eliminated in 2009 to augment online B2B sales. Julie was named CEO in 2011 and became WBENC-Certified right away.

OnTrack, a cloud-based system proven to lower costs while simplifying buying processes, was launched in 2014. Development and implementation of this program has yielded expansion to multi-state delivery.

 
"One big perk of female business ownership is that it provides a door toward WBENC certification. WBENC’s educational programs and networking events provide opportunity in the truest sense… opportunity to learn, to grow your business, to support others, to dream in the presence of inspiring, innovative, successful businesswomen."
-Julie Garrigan
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AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name:  Garrigan’s Inc. DBA Garrigans.com
Founded: 1939, Incorporated 1952
WBENC Certified: 2011
HQ: Springfield, OH
Website:  www.garrigans.com
Slogan:  Erase the hassle. Highlight productivity.
Retail: B2B online

Java Mountain Coffee

Java Mountain Coffee

About the Products: 

Farm fresh, micro roasted and green coffee, picked by women, quality hand sorted by women and sent globally.

Company Background:  

Java Mountain Coffee aims to establish sustainable coffee alliances with global partners who share our hopes for social change, greater equality for people and a healthier planet. They are committed to empower 1 million rural women farmers and plant 3 million climate resistant coffee and shade trees by 2030.

The 300-year history of coffee production in Java has created extensive inequality amongst its communities. As an attempt to remedy this, a minimum of 10 percent from every sale is to be channeled into our Women’s Empowerment Innovation Fund, which in turn will finance two Sustainable Programs designed to ultimately empower women farmers in Java and Bali islands and thus help reduce inequality.

Historical data shows us that men have established and controlled the world's food supply chains which unfortunately has led to dissipating resources and environmental degradation. We see our sustainable coffee approach as an opportunity to lift women’s voices to help address sustainability, and hope to see equal representation by other women in the industry. We call on all coffee drinkers and industry stakeholders to support rural women who do the majority of the work at the bottom of global coffee supply chains in developing nations to allow them reach their full potential.
-Zhaviera Fetriza, Partner

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: Java Mountain Coffee
Founded: 2013
WEConnect International Certified: 2014
HQ: Jakarta, Indonesia
Website: http://www.javamountaincoffee.org
Slogan: Empowering Rural Women
Retail: Amazon, GoMart, MatahariMall.com

 
Blume Honey Water

Blume Honey Water

About the Products:

Blume Honey Water offers artisanal waters crafted with 100% bee-friendly honey, natural flavors & a passion for life.  We believe in the power of honey. We believe in its quenching hydration and natural spike-less energy. We believe in its elegant sweetness that kisses every drop of our refreshing artisan waters.  In today’s world of overly sweetened, artificial beverages, natural alternatives are few and far between.  We found the key in the rich, golden nectar that is pure honey.

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Ginger Zest

Suspend reality and spend a moment savoring the bright, full-bodied flavor of our Ginger Zest Blume Honey Water. Three forms of ginger create layers of delicious complexity and lead the way to a lingering finish of sophisticated spice and invigorating natural energy.

Ingredients: ginger infused water, honey, fresh ginger juice, lemon juice

Wild Blueberry

Delight awaits in every drop of our tantalizing Wild Blueberry Blume Honey Water. Let succulent blueberries, fragrant herbs and pure, golden honey transport your taste buds to a lush, sun-kissed countryside where temptation grows wild and splendor comes by the sip.

Ingredients: water, honey, dried blueberries, natural flavorings (rosemary, black peppercorn, and grapefruit)

Vanilla Citrus

Hello, harmony. Like a dewy honeysuckle garden at dawn, our Vanilla Citrus Blume Honey Water is crisp, fresh and impossible to resist. This captivating combination of tastes is as curious as it is complementary to the floral notes of our exclusive bee-friendly honey blend.

Ingredients: water, honey, natural flavorings (vanilla, grapefruit, wild orange, citrus), lemon juice

Company Background: How Blume Blossomed

Honey and water. It’s a wonderfully hydrating, energizing combination that dates back to the first Olympics where the athletes used it to fuel their feats.

Our honey water journey began when beverage specialist Michele Meloy Burchfield was approached by Joe Ross, a sports coach at a Pennsylvania boarding school, who had been mixing honey with water to create a natural hydration and energy alternative for his athletes. Michele was instantly intrigued with the concept and instinctively knew there was a way to make honey water much more playful on the palate and brought it to longtime friend and globally recognized brand strategist, Carla Frank.

For two years, the duo studied honey, its benefits and the beautiful bees that make it. Their joint passion soon blossomed into Blume Honey Water, a line of naturally energizing, elegantly hydrating waters that delight the palate and build awareness around bee sustainability. Welcome to the sweetest way to savor life together.

"There is nothing more satisfying than the power of a team, and more inspiring than a team of women working cohesively and creatively together to achieve the same goals. As a women owned business we strive to achieve our business goals through a culture of significant business acumen, assertiveness and partnerships with our customers. We truly believe in Living in Full Blume and providing an environment for everyone to achieve their full potential as part of our Blume Honey Water team."

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name:  Blume Honey Water, LLC
Founded: 2015
WBENC Certified: 2016
HQ: Pittsburgh, PA
Website: www.blumehoneywater.com
Slogan:  Live in Full Blume
Retail: Check out our updated list here

Nectar Fresh

Nectar Fresh

About the Products: 

Nectar Fresh offers a range of honeys including their signature monofloral honeys clover, coorg, acacia, mustard, thyme, forest, lychee, sunflower, ajwain, jamun, cajunus, and sulai. They also offer seasonal multifloral honeys that burst with flavors and delectable texture. Nectar Fresh does customized packing and private labeling for top brands like Walmart, Spar Hypermarket, ITC, Kerala Ayurveda and many more.

Nectar Fresh coffee beans are carefully roasted and blended offering robust flavors with a delicate and memorable aroma. Full-bodied, mild and sensuous, the aroma wafting from your Nectar Fresh Coorg Coffee is as magical as the land it comes from.

Nectar Fresh’s range of fruit jams is carefully crafted with luscious local fruits, grown by farmers in and around its manufacturing facilities. Made from fruit cultivated on highly fertile and healthy soil, Nectar Fresh Fruit Jams have the best of the handpicked produce forming its nutritious, high quality product.

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Company Background:

Tucked away into the quaint agricultural heartlands of Srirangapatna, rural Mandya District, Karnataka State, in India, Nectar Fresh is a lovely food factory championing the empowerment and employment of the rural population, farmers and tribal honey collectors. After Nectar Fresh established their presence in the global honey market with high quality products, the company diversified into production of fruit jams, roasted coffee and more. Their mantra is sustainability, ecology, economy and empowerment.

Committed to the best quality, Nectar Fresh engages in the manufacturing of products for both retail and bulk production. They have the capacity to process 400 tons a month and the ability to source consistently huge volumes of best quality raw honey, coffee and local fruits for jams. With their top quality, delicious products and world-class packaging, they have replaced international brands that have been in the market for over two decades in the hospitality sector in India.

Both the Nectar Fresh facilities and products meet Indian, European Union and U.S. standards. They are an ISO 9001-2008, ISO 22000-2005, GMP certified and WEConnect International certified business.

"It’s a pleasure and privilege of mine to be associated with WEConnect International and use the Women Owned logo. It has made a lot of difference in promotion and sales of my products. I personally feel women entrepreneurs are harbingers of self-reliance, excellence in planning and execution and, most of all, compassion. Businesses set up and run by women have wide angle spectrum in treating the team as a family, fostering a world-class mission and having a micro detail assessment for quality. Be it a small scale start-up or a multinational corporation, women entrepreneurs have been a global voice having the audacity of hope and sowing the seeds for transformational progress. The trust on a product by a customer especially with the Women Owned logo is bound to be favorable."
-Chayaa Nanjappa

AT-A-GLANCE

Company Name: Nectar Fresh
Founded: 2010
WEConnect International Certified: 2015
HQ: Mandya District, Karnataka, India
Website: http://www.nectarfreshfoods.com • www.nectarfreshcoffee.com • www.nectarfreshjams.com
Slogan:  Pure, Fresh, Natural Honey, Natural Jams, Natural Coffee
Retail: Where can you purchase it?
Online through Amazon.in, lal10.comFlipkart.in, Big basket and all leading retail stores including Walmart.