What happens when you upset a funny person? In Ebonie's case, a genius business idea! "It all started when someone drank my coffee creamer at the office. I got so upset that I decided to make my own creamer carafe with an inappropriate label," Ebonie says of the idea for her business. Ebonie and I briefly attended the same school as children and later both relocated from Omaha to Dallas. I was impressed to learn that Ebonie used an unpleasant occurance at work to spark the idea for Petty Labels. Although she has only been in operation for a few weeks, Ebonie's crafty creation has kept her very busy! "Within the first three days, I had over 200 requests and 90 shares on FaceBook. That's when I knew I was on to something," Ebonie said when asked about her first days in business. "Within the first week that my mugs were available for purchase, I had over 100 orders. Purchases doubled in my second and third weeks, she added."
Ebonie has garnered the support of family, friends, colleagues, former classmates and her social media following to help promote Petty Labels. Currently, Petty Labels offers hand painted ceramic mugs which are available in a variety of beautiful colors, fonts and of course, quippy sayings; "Black Girl Magic," "Corporate Humor #NotToday", and "Beard Potion" to name a few.
What is the coolest thing about Ebonie's mugs? "These are some of the most natural things that I say outside of business hours," she said when I asked how she came up with her witty sayings. "These are things that I often think but cannot say at the office because they would be frowned upon," she added.
Ebonie has big long term goals for Petty Labels. "I want to expand my brand content, inspire people to be their own unique selves and to take a leap of faith in an area that fits their personality. I want to have a unique platfom of laughter and motivation intertwined," she included. "I want people to know that this is about God putting me in a position to use my talents," Ebonie explained. She offers these words of wisdom to fellow entrepreneurs or people toying with the idea of starting a business, "Mistakes will always happen. Hold onto your integrity because that is more important than an audience."
I have always felt that the best ideas happen on accident or unexpectedly. We have to learn to seek inspiration from the most mundane daily occurances. Petty Labels embodies this concept completely! To learn more or purchase your mug, follow on Instagram @pettylabels and on FaceBook Petty Labels. Ebonie, cheers to your continued success in the new year!
Brandi and I worked together briefly before I moved to Dallas. We didn't know each other very well but I remember that she was always very sweet, positive and was a devoted mother to her adorable twin boys. She did not use being a busy mother of two as an excuse not to start her business, Bee Kisses, which is a line of all natural lip balms and lip scrubs.
Brandi worked on the launch of her product line for a little over a year before it officially opened for business a couple of months ago. That in and of itself is impressive. When deciding to start a business offering any kind of product, it is extremely important to take the necessary time to research and test the product. Brandi did just that before selling the products of her lip care line. She credits her obsession for cosmetics, specifically lipsticks, scrubs, balms and glosses, as the inspiration for starting Bee Kisses. "Why not create my own?" She thought.
Bee Kisses products are currently hand made and delivered by Brandi but she plans to implement manufacturing and expand her product offering in the near future. "My products will have your lips soft and moisturized with a little shine. They also smell and taste great," Brandi says of her lip balms and scrubs.
Brandi also plans to have her products sold in stores and boutiques nationwide. Bee Kisses lip products are currently available in herbal mint flavor. She is in the process of adding additional flavors that include cherry, vanilla, and peppermint. "The herbal mint lip balm is my top seller but most people buy the scrub as well. I recommend both for the best result," Brandi says of her most popular products.
With 75 orders under her belt in just 60 days, it is obvious that Brandi is on to something with Bee Kisses. Brandi is just getting started with her business but feels that she has already learned many valuable lessons. "It takes time so I have had to be patient because the process is never ending." Brandi says. She offered words of wisdom to others who are interested in starting a business as well. "Whatever you put in is what you will get out and always be true to your own vision." To learn more about Bee Kisses follow on Brandi on Instagram @bee_kisses. Email BeeKisses4U@gmail.com to purchase.
When I chose Entrepreneurial Management as my major during my sophomore year of college, I had no idea what my journey to entrepreneurship would look like. I didn't have a family business to walk into after graduating nor did I have a trust fund to use as seed money for a start up. All I knew was that something about corporate America made me cringe. I also knew that if I wanted my own business, it would not come by osmosis; but how and where would it come from? See, that's the "fun" thing about entrepreneurship, the only certainty about it is uncertainty. A couple of weeks ago I had the idea to start a new blog series featuring others who have decided to take the road less traveled and embrace that uncertainty with arms open wide. Specifically, those who have Nebraska roots just like me. After all, who says great things can't come from small towns? Each entrepreneur has had their own obstacles to face and has learned valuable lessons through deciding to start their own business. I hope you enjoy their stories as much as I enjoyed learning about them!