What is your primary business activity? Bath and Body Manufacturer How many employees do you have including yourself? 3 How long have you been in business? We left the corporate world in 2007 to open our first business. In 2013 we moved to rural Kansas and began a our quest to make goat milk soap, lotion and candles. What is your background? We both have a strong back ground in chemistry and science. We had to learn goat husbandry so that we could properly care for our goats, who provide the milk for our products. What sets your business apart from your competitors? We are a family of 10, and everyone works together to make our dream of entrepreneurship happen. We milk our goats daily and use that milk in our products. How is your business involved in your community? We hold an annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner, that is free of charge. We also are deeply involved in providing Blessing Boxes throughout Ottawa and Franklin County to provide food and hygiene products for those in need. Julie is heavily involved in the Ottawa Main Street program and Kiwanis.
What is your business philosophy/mission statement? We don’t do things the easy way, we do them the right way. Why should your business be included in the minority & women business spotlight? We are a black family and woman-led. What do you like about doing business in Kansas? People are friendly. What inspired you to start your business? 7 out of 8 of our children had skin issues, and we decided to formulate products to alleviate those problems.
What was the biggest “win” in your business’ history? We feel that every day is a win. We get to do what we love, spend time with our family, and raise goats. If we had to pick one event, it would be filming a commercial for Phillips 66 (pictured on the left). What’s one valuable lesson you’ve learned that you would share with other business owners? Never take criticism from customers personal, and always keep a sense of humor. Tell us an interesting and fun fact about your business. We sometimes bring a goat to the store for events.
Career Advantage has been owned and operated by a Lawrence, KS woman since its inception in 2003 and continues to be a valuable resource nearly twenty years later! In today’s tumultuous environment, I feel career services are necessary now more than ever. People are having to change jobs, often unexpectedly, and the competition is high. Engaging a career services professional to help prepare application materials and display one’s highest representation can expedite the job search process and help candidates make well-informed career decisions. This ultimately helps the Kansas workforce and economy, since we can assist people all across the state.
Haute Handmade is not your average craft fair. At Haute Handmade we always strive to showcase original handmade art and designs that are different from most found in outdoor markets, or even in our region. Our shows feature unique makers and we always aim to be well diversified. You’ll most definitely find new and modern handcrafted goods created from all kinds of materials you can only imagine. HH also loves fabulous vintage upcycles and one-of-a-kind art. We seek out artists that take the classic crafts and add a modern spin with abundant uniqueness + lots new “must haves” that we just can’t get enough of!
In additon to teaming up with the best makers we know, Haute Handmade loves partnering with some of our fave ICT spots to hold our Pop Ups! We’ve been to Norton’s Brewing, 86 Cold Press, The Monarch, Cowtown Museum, Eberly Farm, Bungalow 26, and Public at the Brickyard just to name a few! Where will we pop up next?!? Follow us on our handmade journey to find out!
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