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Small Business Resilience: Beddy’s

Betsy Mikesell’s twin boys’ bunk beds were a source of continued irritation. Making the beds was a chore. The boys didn’t want to do it. She didn’t either. What if there were a way....

Cataloging the Success of One Small Business

Parker Garlitz still remembers the first sale he made online. It was a refurbished laser printer sold over dial-up to a customer in Portugal. He believed at the time that he was glimpsing the future of American commerce—and he was. Today, the digital tools and markets that once seemed beyond imagining have become cornerstones for…

A Bedtime Story Washington Needs to Hear

On the night before Christmas — and every other night — Betsy Mikesell and Angie White have visions of children nestled all snug in their Beddy’s. Parents can join the fun, too, in their own adult-sized Beddy’s, the zippered bedding that Mikesell and White created. As often is the case, the Utah duo’s innovation sprung…

Sunrise Coffee: Serving Up Coffee, Community and Connectivity During COVID-19

For Juanny Romeo, coffee has always been brewed with a little bit of hardship and a whole lot of community. A former barista, Juanny opened her first coffee shop on the first day of the Great Recession in 2008. Now, she owns three (soon to be four!) Sunrise Coffee cafes and couldn’t think of anything…

Goodr: Feed More, Waste Less, and Digital-First

While feeding people on the streets of Atlanta in 2013, Jasmine Crowe was angry. She knew that every year, millions of Americans suffer from the effects of food scarcity – and yet, huge amounts of edible food are dumped in landfills.  So, she decided to do something about it.  Today, she is CEO of Goodr, a…

Peeko Oysters Has Hope for a Digitally-Enabled Future

Oyster farming is a tough business – but CEO Peter Stein’s determined grit as an oyster farmer served him well when the COVID-19 pandemic took everyone by surprise. Peter has always been interested in aquaculture. When he found himself laid off from a job in the educational software industry, he decided to turn a difficult…

Helping Students Master Math During A Shutdown

As a student, Marcus Blackwell used his piano-playing skills to overcome his “math phobia.” Now, Blackwell’s educational app Make Music Count is helping 3rd – 12th grade students across the country master addition, subtraction, fractions, algebra, and more – while helping parents successfully homeschool their children during the pandemic. Blackwell began playing piano at age 5,…

MedHaul: Providing Critical Medical Transportation For Those In Need

When Erica Plybeah founded MedHaul in 2017, she never could have anticipated its life-or-death importance only three years later. MedHaul – which has been called the “Uber of specialty medical transportation” – is making a difference by managing patient transportation to and from medical offices, clinics, and hospitals during COVID-19.  The company has been 100% digital and…

Digital Marketing Lets This Small Business Hold On To Its Hat

Thanks to digital marketing and e-Commerce, a former pastor’s hat factory is still able to delight customers during its busiest season. In her Patriot-News op-ed, Rev. Georgiette Morgan-Thomas says she “never planned to be in the hat business” and was close to retiring in 2015.  But her passion had other plans: she says she “couldn’t…

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