Did you know that October is National Women’s Small Business Month? Every October, the Small Business Administration celebrates the contributions and successes of our nation’s women small business owners. The 10 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. hold tremendous value, generating $1.4 trillion in revenue and employing 8.4 million people, according to the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC).
We thought we would join the celebration by highlighting the female small business owners interviewed in the top five most downloaded episodes of our podcast, Women in Retail Talks. They include:
- Rachael Dalfonzo, founder and president of Monkey Feet USA, a fast-growing e-commerce brand selling children’s and women’s handcrafted moccasins that are fashionable, functional and high quality with affordability in mind. In this episode, Rachel shares the story behind the company, what inspired her to launch the brand, and how she and her co-founder husband came up with the name “Monkey Feet.” She also discusses the challenges she faced when launching the brand, how she found an excellent partner and manufacturer based in China, and why Monkey Feet donates proceeds of certain shoe designs to charity.
- Ashley Merrill, CEO and founder of Lunya, a luxury sleepwear company for the modern woman. In this episode, Merrill discusses why she started Lunya, her struggle to find comfortable and cute sleepwear prior to launching the brand, and what sleepwear problems she hopes to solve with her products. Merrill also shares why her customers are willing to pay more for the high-quality fabrics and premium, intentional design behind Lunya’s sleepwear; why the brand expanded into brick-and-mortar retail; and how the company hopes to create distinct yet equally comfortable and useful premium sleepwear for both men and women.
- Beth Gerstein, co-founder and CEO of Brilliant Earth, a global leader and retailer of ethically sourced fine jewelry. In this episode, Beth shares the story behind Brilliant Earth and how the brand offers an ethical alternative to the issues that plague traditional diamond jewelers. Furthermore, she details how the brand utilizes blockchain technology to provide supply chain transparency to consumers, why she feels that millennials have such a desire for ethical jewelry, and how sustainability is now table stakes for modern retail businesses.
- Kendall Glazer, co-founder of Stoney Clover Lane, a customizable accessories and lifestyle brand. In this episode, Glazer discusses the inspiration that led her and her sister, Libby, to launch the brand. She also shares how social media plays a huge role in Stoney Clover Lane’s marketing efforts, how the brand found success on Instagram when the social platform first launched, and Stoney Clover Lane’s current social media strategy.
- Angela Kornaś, founder of Honey Cloudz, a bra insert company solving the issue of moving, bunching bra inserts with patented stay-put technology. In this episode, Kornaś shares her career journey in retail product and textile development, what inspired her to launch Honey Cloudz, and the research and testing process behind designing the brand’s bra inserts. She also discusses why being inclusive in shape, size and color is essential to the brand; how Honey Cloudz inserts are different from others on the market; and how women can use the brand’s inserts in any environment.
Take a listen (or listen again)! We’re sure you’ll be inspired by these female entrepreneurs! Happy Women’s Small Business Month!