Creative lessons: making reading fun
Elevator pitch: LearningBee was founded in 2008 and develops and sells literacy games and activities for children learning to read in grades K-3, to teachers, schools and parents who want to teach reading in a fun way. Our products are aligned with the Arizona reading standards. They make it easy for parents to help their children learn to read at home, and are affordable games and activities!
Kudos: Edson Initiative $5,000 Grant Recipient, May 2010; Arizona Republic, “Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under Age 35,” October 2009; AZ Magazine, “Top 35 Female Entrepreneurs Under 35,” October 2009; Advanced Entrepreneur Project $2,500 Grant, May 2009; ASU Advanced Entrepreneurship Case Competition Winner, October 2008
Company you admire most: Apple. They are revolutionizing communication.
To be a successful entrepreneur … You need to be able to create a solid business plan for your venture that takes into consideration all the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. It’s also important to be able to collaborate with suppliers, partners and your customers. And finally, you have to be persistent and self-motivated.
Inspirational reading: E-Myth by Michael Gerber
Historical figure you would like to meet: Jesus Christ. I would ask him thousands of questions and then publish a modern gospel!
Best advice: Don’t give up! Try new ideas!
Why I started my own business: I like creating things. The whole process of planning executing and admiring is fulfilling.
Important business milestone: Raising $1,000 in our first Holiday Philanthropic Fundraiser; selling to our first school districts and selling to customers in different states through the Internet.
If you could do it all over again … I would like to start a business with my family.
Advice to emergent entrepreneurs: Create a solid team.
Next steps: Translate our directions into Spanish, and create our literacy games and activities in an electronic form for personal computers.
Economic adjustments: Our focus has shifted from manufacturing to marketing.