It’s been a while since I’ve done a “Friday Bits” column. I’m publishing one today because I have to share these very cool solopreneur stories I’ve found.
Meeting a Need — For Bold Design
Let’s start with Skida Sport, a business that makes and sells beautiful, colorful winter hats. Here’s the Skida story:
In December of 2007, Vermont skier Corinne Prevot picked up some fun lycra fabric and started making hats for her Burke Mtn. Academy teammates and friends. Soon the demand for the colorful hats grew as did the variety of prints. Then, new products joined the line to keep her alpine skier friends warm and colorful. Corinne graduated from Burke Mt. Academy in 2009, and currently attends Middlebury College.
How awesome is that?! Skida has added bandanas and headbands to its product line.
I Introduce You To Citizen Commerce
I learned about Skida from The Daily Grommet, a Web site that trumpets Citizen Commerce:
We believe every purchase amplifies something in the world, good, bad or indifferent. At Daily Grommet we’re creating a place for people who want their purchases to have meaning — to support what matters most to them: whether it’s technical innovation, green or social enterprises, the creation of jobs, domestic manufacturing, or the preservation of craft.
The products sold at The Daily Grommet are incredibly varied: gifts, health and wellness, green and eco living, home, food and drink, and a lot more.
An Elevator Speech Extraordaire
Have you ever wanted to see a great elevator speech? I was searching for one today and found this:
It inspired me to re-do my elevator speech, and I think it might do the same for you.
Filling the Small-Business Funding Void
Traditional funding sources for small businesses have disappeared (or gone into hiding), and exciting new solutions are emerging.
This article explains what is happening, including crowdfunding, accelerators, super-angels, late-stage private equity, and long-delayed IPO’s.
Heaven In a Baking Cup
And now I give you the story of 11-year-old Kayla Kimble of Washington, D.C., who has a thriving cupcake business.
Check out Kayla’s Web site, which proudly says:
KK Cupcakes, established August, 2011, by 11-year old entrepreneur and student, Kayla Kimble. With the help of her mom, KK Cupcakes has taken the neighborhood by storm with their fresh, moist, handcrafted little treasures in a baking cup.
Kayla is an excellent student, too; she gets A’s and B’s in her school classes.
Big Backgrounds For Web Sites
Here’s a wonderful gallery that displays 30 examples of Web sites that use large backgrounds. It really makes me want to do something similar.
Hey Mice — Don’t Mess With J.R.
I buy our dog’s food from Farmer’s Feed & Pet Supply in our town, Owatonna, Minnesota. Last year the store got a new kitten and conducted a contest to name it. The winning name: J.R. Mewing.
It’s a great example of how to get your clientele in your business in a fun way.