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Five products created by entrepreneurial parents

Entrepreneurial parents are born all across the globe when that moment arises where a parent says, “fine, I’ll do it (or make it) myself.” Check out how these five brands filled holes in the market.



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Entrepreneurial parents step in to fill gaps in the market

If you’re a parent, you know there come many moments in life where you think, “man, I wish they made X product that did Y thing,” and left it at that. Most parents breeze past that moment of frustration or need, but that is the very moment in which some entrepreneurial parents are born, whose thought after “man, I wish they made X product that did Y thing,” is quickly, “and I bet I can make it happen.”

We all know that necessity is the mother (or father) of invention, and the following five products were created by parents that saw a need for a specific child product.

1. The Happy Trunk

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Vinnie Bhushan, the mother of two active kids, always tried to find meaningful activities, arts and crafts to encourage her children’s creativity, but too often the same old thing over and over had her kids whining that they were bored. It got Vinnie thinking and she created The Happy Trunk, a monthly subscription service that delivers new arts, crafts and science projects to kids every month. The kits are geared for kids ages 3-7 and 8-11 and includes 3-4 projects a month.

2. Kinderfeets

When Oscar Mulder’s young son wanted a push bike that had foot pegs and the ability to decorate the bike itself, Oscar, a graphic designer, decided to design it himself. The result is the eco-friendly Kinderfeets bike. The wooden bike teaches kids as young as two how to ride a bike, often eliminating the need for a tricycle followed by training wheels. In fact, Oscar’s son was riding a real bike by age 3! The bike even has a chalkboard panel where kids can decorate it to their hearts content.

3. A Girl for All Time

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As a Mom of a girl, it was important to Frances Cain that her daughter have strong female role models. Not only could Frances not find anything but when it came to the dolls on the market, but most were made so poorly they couldn’t hold up to playtime. So Frances created A Girl for all Time, well-crafted dolls outfitted by a trendy London designer and an Emmy nominated costume designer, drawing on important events throughout British history, which are explored and beautifully recreated in books following the eldest girls in the fictional Marchmont family through 500 years of history, intrigue and adventures.

4. Kleynimals

Kirsten Chapman is the inventor of Kleynimals, a set of non-toxic, eco-friendly, food grade stainless steel decorative keys for baby that are lead, BPA and Phthalate free. She invented Kleynimals because like many parents she had become aware in recent years of the many chemicals found in baby toys that can be harmful to their health. Her baby wanted to play with her keys all the time, but she knew that beyond the germs found on them, that there were sharp edges and lead risks as well. When she searched the market place for a replacement, all she found was plastic – which wouldn’t fool her baby and came with its own set of chemical concerns. Kirsten took her responsibility to develop a safe toy so seriously that she went far beyond regulations in the amount of safety testing she conducted. So much so that she was recognized by the Consumer Product Safety Commission when they invited her to speak at their public hearings on lead in toys.

5. Weerol

Because the choice in the mainstream toy market just wasn’t fun enough for his children, this designer/wood-worker Dad decided to put his creative plans into motion. Literally. Inspired by modern design and functionality, Weerol was created to further the fun, excitement, education, and passion to play for children 18 months – 6 years. Weerol is a creative, sustainable, and organizational toy that transforms to grow and adapt to your child’s development. It responds to each milestone-style of play all while enhancing your home. Constructed from renewable sources and non-toxic water based adhesives and paints, Weerol has a low impact on the environment and promotes a healthy, safe environment for your child as well.

Are you the next entrepreneurial parent?

Is there something you wish you could provide for your children but have thrown up your hands instead of solving the problem? Maybe you’re the next entrepreneurial parent, and you don’t know where to start. Check out your local Small Business Development Center which is funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, offering free to low cost business advice and guidance.

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The top 10 startup cities in America

(ENTREPRENEUR NEWS) If you’re thinking about launching a startup anytime soon you may want to check out this list on the top 10 cities for startups.



The digital revolution is in full swing, and some cities are setting themselves up to capitalize upon these innovations by supporting startups.

In order to “better understand the U.S. cities driving the digital revolution,” several groups have come together to rank which cities are making the most of the tech startup boom.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1776, the U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center, and have teamed up to publish a report called Innovation That Matters (ITM).

The report analyzes and ranks U.S. cities on such factors as startup capital, the connectivity of startups, startup culture, the availability of worker talent and specialization, and more. Data was taken from surveys of entrepreneurs and businesspeople, startups, and leaders in public and private sectors.

J.D. Harrison, senior director of strategic communications at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says that the “digital revolution has the potential to make winners of some cities and leave others behind.”

The study aims to find out which cities “embrace this shift to a digital economy and actively support technology startups,” arguing that these cities “will be the best positioned to unleash the power of high-impact innovation and cultivate vibrant, thriving communities.”

The top ten ranking cities are as follows:

10) Portland, Oregon because every city needs a nickname, has been dubbed the Silicon Forest, referencing its leadership in green tech.

9) New York City, New York. The largest tech hub on the east coast.

8) Seattle, Washington. Home to and several other tech firms, with Microsoft’s headquarters in nearby Redmond.

7) Dallas, Texas. Dtown moved up significantly by increasing startup connectivity and tapping into a large, diverse workforce.

6) Atlanta, Georgia. The “most improved” city on the ITM list, moving up 15 places to number six due to a surge in financial, educational, and health tech industries.

5) Austin,Texas. Home of The American Genius, Austin has become a “haven for tech-savvy millennials seeking good-paying job opportunities.” Besides hosting many tech startups, Austin still has a relatively affordable cost of living.

4) San Diego, California. San Diego is full of cybersecurity, Big Data, robotics, and software startups.

3)Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Also known as Philicon Alley, moved up from number eight by deregulating and becoming more business-friendly.

2) San Francisco Bay Area. The Bay also ranked number two last year. The seaside neighbor to the Silicon Valley has been doing a great job attracting seed funding these days.

1) Boston, Massachusetts. This is the second year in a row that Boston has topped this list, due to its large number of startups and robust entrepreneur population.

How does your city rank?

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Customer surveys tell more than just satisfaction

(ENTREPRENEUR NEWS) While they can be annoying for the consumer and cost time for the company, customer feedback surveys are crucial to your business.




While Richard Dawson, Louie Anderson, and Steve Harvey may not be able to personally help you with customer service, what they have in common can. Surveys, and personalized follow-up attention in general, help clients and consumers know that they mean something to your business.

For the sake of this article (and the fast-paced, technological world we live in) I am going to be speaking about surveys. However, I want to share this anecdote first.

I used to work front desk at a salon and part of my job was to follow up with new guests about a week after their appointment.

Now, most of the time, my calls went to voicemail, which were never returned; but every once in awhile a human answered.

After going through the spiel of why I was calling, I could almost always sense a sound of surprise from the other line before the person answered my question. One conversation in particular left me realizing how important this seemingly useless task was.

I called an older woman and asked her about a recent appointment she had at the salon. She thanked me for calling and then went into detail about how great the appointment was and how much getting her hair done meant to her.

Before we hung up she said, “thank you again for calling. A salon has never done this before.” It then hit me like a ton of bricks just how significant something as small as a callback is.

If you have the time, definitely make those callbacks to clients as it could be very meaningful. However, it’s understandable that most of us may not have the time in our schedule for personalized phone calls.

So if that’s the case, don’t forget about surveys. I know most of them will either go to spam or go unanswered, but the mere fact that you’re sending it out shows clients and customers that you care about their business.

And, for those surveys that do receive responses, it can be extremely beneficial for your company as you can get insight into what works and what doesn’t. There’s really no disadvantage to this tactic, so remember to make time for that follow up with existing clients rather than just focusing on getting new ones.

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Entrepreneur blunders to bypass

(ENTREPRENEUR NEWS) Being an entrepreneur takes a lot of hard work, as a result, it’s easy to make mistakes. Here’s how to avoid hurting your business from the get-go.



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The entrepreneur business can be a tricky one. It’s not one of those career choices that have more of a clear-cut path, and it may require you to make your own rules along the way.

Along with making your own rules, it is also 110 percent likely that you will make mistakes along the way, as well. This is true of any career, but, when within the sphere of being an entrepreneur, responsibility has a tendency to weigh even heavier on your shoulders.

This is completely unavoidable, but if you keep an eye on your methods and not just your desired outcomes, you can help combat some of the biggest mistakes. Here are some things to keep in mind.

It’s obviously one of the first priorities to get the word out about your business. You may be inclined to hit up every social media platform known to man.

This can be harmful to you if you spread your social presence too thin and have no focus. Pick a few channels that are the most fitting for your business, build your presence, then expand to other channels from there.

Never promise more than you can deliver at the start of your business. You only get one shot at your first sale with a consumer and not delivering what they expected can hurt your next chance.

Also, be approachable and keep an open mind when it comes to networking and communicating for sales. Confidence can carry you and your business a long way.

So, you’ve found a strategy that works? Great! But, don’t get complacent. Consumers want to see innovation, and employees yearn for that, too.

Try and start each year with a calendar and determine what changes you want to make from the last. Figure out what worked and how you can expand upon it to make it fresh and possibly more successful.

With this idea, don’t settle for reusing the same knowledge over and over again. Keep learning as your business grows and turn that knowledge into actions.

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