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Would you be ready to “swim with the sharks” to help your business? The contestants of ABC’s “Shark Tank” pitch their business deals and dreams to a few of the most well-known wheeler-dealer investors, otherwise known as “the sharks.” Four savvy children’s product inventors, who made their pitch on “Shark Tank,” impressed the investors enough that they had multiple offers to consider. Ride-On Carry-On, Mod Mom Furniture, Coverplay and Soy-Yer Dough are now backed with capital to make significant strides in the marketplace.

Too many young people don’t vote, in fact, barely a quarter of them made it to the polls in the last midterm election. Voter apathy led Mary Jane McKittrick to help rectify it by writing Election Day, part of the Boomer and Halley series. The book’s main characters, Boomerang, an Australian Shepherd dog, and Halley’s Comet, a silver streak of a cat, help teach kids important values in an easy-to-understand, fun-filled way. By putting Election Day on their book shelves, retailers can help parents open an important dialogue and frame questions that make the conversation and its implications stick in kids’ minds.

Businesses that donate to humanitarian causes are often known for “doing the work of the angels.” But the enigmatic power of angels lays not so much in their ability to show up just when they are needed, but that they represent the grace from a higher power. It is the strong helping the weak and downtrodden that is so appealing in the works of the angels as well as business owners, including Jennifer Rountree of You Are Good, who are making their mark by reaching out to those in need.

RuffleButts / RuggedButts
Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S)

Remember the tale about how a tiny pea kept a princess from sleeping soundly? The restless royal could not sleep the whole night and woke up achy and cranky. Think is would help if the pea were organic? Offering eco-friendly products to help little ones sleep makes sense for everyone. When children have a restful night and wake refreshed, the day gets off to a wonderful start. We are showcasing some terrific companies that make little ones’ nights silent and peaceful. With a bit of help from Greenbuds Baby, Woolly Boo, Crib Critters and New Jammies, children drift to the land of sweetest dreams.

Peace, love and Zen. If we had a little more of these in our lives, the world might — almost certainly would — be a better place. You can help foster these qualities when you stock Maybe (A Little Zen for Little Ones), a delightful book that reinterprets a classic Zen story in an accessible context for kids. The book, by Sanjay Nambiar, tells of a wise girl who experiences a series of events that at first seem lucky (or unlucky) but turn out to be quite the opposite. The book is beautifully illustrated with modern graphics juxtaposed with traditional backgrounds and a relatable “heroine.”

Most companies would be hard-put to identify the current economic season as a boom-time. However, there have been some bright spots in the current economy, largely thanks to small and medium sized businesses. It’s all about who you know and how you get your message out there, which is a long-standing reason that so many independent manufacturers foster relationships with experienced sales representative associations.Three sales rep firms that are thriving, Carolina Baby, The Coffs, and Annette & Associates, demonstrate how they help other companies flourish.

Bumkins
J. Austin Ryan Designs

Spark imaginations and infuse décor with cheer when you offer hand-painted, three dimensional wall art made from sustainable wood. The Dodo Bird sits proudly on a branch while the Silly Seahorse, Wacky Whale and Cool Elephant gaze outward to meet the viewer’s eye. Artoons wall sculptures are hand-painted, dimensional storyboards with lyric prose and a hint of sentimentality. Each of these works, sized sixteen-by-fourteen inches, help enliven children’s rooms.

It’s not just tree huggers that want innovative organic gifts for new “little monkeys”. So, why not offer one from the expert? Soft organic crib bedding and accessories from Janey Baby by Jane Goodall™ offer a reminder of what it’s like to get back to nature. Janey Baby by Jane Goodall debuted in October and features a crib mattress pad, sheets, receiving blankets, bibs and contoured changing-table covers. The products feature whimsical drawings of endangered species discussed in Dr. Goodall’s book, Hope for Animals and Their World.

What makes a baby grow and thrive wrapped in smiles? The Green Creation that offers clothes for babies and toddlers likes to think it’s the garments they make of one hundred percent organic cotton to which they add another hundred percent love. The garments are made of ultra-soft, all-natural, organically produced cotton in India, certified by Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) as well as being certified Fair Trade. Green Creation clothes have been featured in many magazines and praised for being eco-friendly, fashion-forward and stylish without breaking the bank.

Feather Baby
Itzy Ritzy

Looking for a new feeding product that offers a recipe for sales success? Perhaps your shoppers are sick of buying jars of baby food for kiddies starting on solid foods. Maybe they are unsure of exactly what’s in those tiny jars and how wholesome the foods really are. More than likely, many customers share these thoughts and will salivate at the idea of an easy way to freeze and store big batches of healthy, homemade puree and food for older babies.

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