Here at The Grommet our mission is to put an end to nameless, faceless business and highlight the people and the stories behind the products we launch each day. And it's in that spirit that we're beginning a new blog series in which we can continue sharing the stories of our Makers with you. Get to know them better, learn more about their journeys as entrepreneurs and learn how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.
In our second installment we're catching up with Maker Sarah Kaeck. Sarah is a Vermonter, gardener, and mom, and has been a long time fan of organic farming and buying local produce. So it's only natural that when faced with the question of how to preserve half eaten fruits and vegetables, she felt uneasy wrapping all that goodness up in something as environmentally un-friendly as plastic. She founded Bee's Wrap and launched on The Grommet in November of last year.
Read on for more of our Q&A with Sarah below.
What lessons have you learned over the years that might help other entrepreneurs who are just starting out?
There has been a huge learning curve for me in starting this business from finding the best ingredients to make our Bee's Wraps to running an efficient production line, from taking an order to getting our systems working effectively, hiring employees to managing employees, product design....the list goes on and on. What has been overwhelming is the collaborative effort of running this business. I am the owner and ultimately I am the decision maker, but along the way there have been many hours of conversation, ideas thrown around and listening ears. A business is not of one person. I have sought out the advice of family, friends, employees, more experienced business owners and state support organizations. My advice is to go talk to everyone you can that has some experience that you don't. There is a support network out there for you.
Our Community wants to know what business has been like since your launch on The Grommet. How has the support of our Community moved the bar for Bee's Wrap?
When we first started working with The Grommet, I had no idea of the reach the Grommet has. Our sales jumped hugely and we received some great press too. The Grommet has been very patient and helpful all along the way as well, as we figured out how to handle the influx of orders and larger shipments.
Any last words of wisdom for other Makers out there working hard to build their businesses?
I have had to ask a lot of questions and still do, everyday! My advice is just ask, everyone starts somewhere.
To learn more about Bee's Wrap, be sure to watch our video here.