Months ago, Intuit launched a contest called Small Business Big Game that will award a small business its own Super Bowl commercial. Some Erie companies entered admirable ideas, but didn’t hit the final Top 20.
However, quite a few women- and family-owned companies did make the Top 20. The contest will narrow down to four finalists in about four days, and the winner will be chosen. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorites.
GoldieBlox Engineering toys for girls, Oakland, Calif. There are no bears in this story. Instead this toy company, headed by Debbie Sterling, a Stanford graduate, sells toys that encourage building skills in little girls. Sterling has a degree in Mechanical Engineering/Product Design and wants to see more women succeed in her field.
Barre Bee Fit, Chicago, Ill.
Written about in Self Magazine and dozens of other places, this workout technique of incorporating the ballet barre into fitness routines is sweeping the country. Jillian Lorenz and Ariana Chernin started in Chicago, and they have franchises either in or on the wayt to Pittsburgh, Ann Arbor, Milwaukee, Detroit, Washington D.C. and Indianapolis. I think Her Times may have to take a road trip and test this out.
Here’s the rest of the pack — with 11 companies that manufacture food. The rest fall into a variety of categories.
Locally Laid Egg Company, Duluth, Minnesota
Jackson’s Honest Chips, Crested Butte, Montana
Kebroak BBQ, Hialeah, Fla.
Anda Piroshki, San Francisco, Calif.; Sweet Lucie’s Organic Ice Cream, Los Angeles, Calif.
Wireacake Bakery, Huntington Beach, Calif.
Cops and Doughnuts, Clare, Mich.
Liddabit of Sweets, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Three Jerks Jerky, Venice, Calif.
Food for Lovers, Austin Texas
Mama Jess Organic Pasta Sauce, Barrington, Ill.
Sweet Lucie’s Organic Ice Cream, Los Angeles, Calif.
Urban Wood Goods, Chicago, Ill. – construction
Dairypoop.com, Nampa, Idaho – it’s dairy compost
Personal health and beauty products
Dream Beard, Atlanta, Georgia – better beards
Clean George, Bend, Oregon – natural beauty products
Goodie Two Sleeves, Chatsworth, Calif. – funny T-shirts and more.
Woofie’s, Ashburn, Virginia
Barley Labs, Durham, N.C.
Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.