Tell us about your business.Always finding fulfillment in growing food and flowers , I found a comfort zone at Flower and Garden shows. Sales and I go way back so that was easy too.In 2004 I started selling at shows; gloves,tools etc. mainly American made. Then last year I was messing around on a sewing machine and came up withh a burlap grow bag. It worked so well and is so versatile, I was encouraged to sell it in the marketplace. Well it did real well. I have employed three people to help me make them. Since the first one it has been a work in progress but now a year later we have three styles that are effective .I buy the burlap(11 oz. sanitized) in bulk, and cut it to size,bags are approx 7" x 11". Binding sewn on, seams double zig zag stitched. Tabs for hanging cut and sewn and then grommeted to bag. I want the biz to evolve by employing more people and introducing the bags to all different types of venues from nursing homes to restuarants as well as backyard fences . A Natural way to grow!
What makes your business stand out?Been able to get back on feet and up and running in face of competition and adversity. Positive support from customers and fellow vendors encourage performance. Bringing quality American made products to Botanical Gardens, Flower and garden shows and conferences in US. ,people get excited about growing food and flowers for nourishment as well as beauty! Offering homegrown plants in a handmade bag is the perfect addition.
What's the best business advice you've received?Don't give up! Pray! Stay Real!
Mark Your Calendar
NominationsJune 3–Aug. 29, 2014
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JudgingJune 23–Sept. 8, 2014
Judges will select finalists throughout this period.
Online VotingSept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014
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Winners AnnouncedOct. 17, 2014
2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.
American Made EventNov. 7–8, 2014
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