About the box.
The ingenuity and innovation of today's entrepreneurs is inspiring. From product design to creative marketing and even cross-industry collaboration, there are many ways in which small businesses are leading the way.
To celebrate and reward them, we spent Small Business Week curating a special box filled with some of their most enticing products. And we delivered those boxes to six social media heavyweights, with the hope of increasing the exposure of these businesses.
Meet the people who will be the first to receive the box.
Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphics-design service; a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation; and an executive fellow at the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is the author of The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and ten other books. Guy has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA, as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.
Rita Mehta, The American Edit
Rita Mehta is a merchandising and product development consultant and the founder of The American Edit. Rita's love of shopping and passion for responsibly made products led her to launch The American Edit. The American Edit celebrates substance with style by sharing the best American made products and independent boutiques.
Michael Williams, A Continous Lean
Michael Williams is a native son of Cleveland, Ohio, but currently lives in New York City and works on the factory floor at Paul + Williams. His website, a Continous Lean, was founded in 2007 and serves as a discovery gent for those with an appreciation of quality, style and provenance.
Ashley Rodriguez, Not Without Salt
Ashley believes that meals are meant to be savored and enjoyed and that good food is simple, fresh, seasonal and delicious. On her website, Not Without Salt, she shares her passion for all things salted; sweet and savory, in the hope that her readers will find pleasure, joy and sustenance in good food.
Justin Livingston, Scout Sixteen
Justin is a creative consultant and freelance writer with a focus on fashion and travel. His passion for style was born in Mississippi and bred in New York City, where he currently resides. Justin spends his days scouting out new discoveries for readers of his lifestyle blog, Scout Sixteen. He has three main loves: whiskey, good times, and French bulldogs.
Alexa Jean Brown
Alexa Jean is a 24-year-old mommy to her beautiful baby girl, Logan Jean. Alexa started her blog as a journal to record the sweet details that shaped her life, and it has developed into an online destination for those who share her passion for fitness, fashion, DIY and baking.
Small businesses in the box.
Three generations of the Grado family have contributed to the company’s rich history and their production of headphones and accessories. This family operation has such strong word of mouth, that they have not advertised since 1964.
PieBox founder Adrienne loves to bake, but found a lack of available items in which to transport her creations. PieBox is a handcrafted, reusable wooden pastry carrier designed with aesthetics and quality in mind.
Coastal Road seeks to honor the timeless heritage of leather craftsmanship. From design to material selection to custom embossing, Coastal Road values the process of creating as much as they do the final product.
Epic Pickles was inspired by an article about the artisan movement in food. Started from the ground up, Epic Pickles now stocks retailers in almost every state. The motto of Epic Pickles is: Do it fresh. Do it right. Make it Epic.
ENERGYBits was founded in response to the chronic illnesses in America due to nutritional deficiencies. ENERGYBits consist of spirulina algae and chlorella algae, which contain a feast of nutrients, offering an alternative way to be healthy and energized.
Woodies was founded as an alternative to settling for generic, mass-produced shirts – and so they specialize in uniquely tailored shirting. Woodies cut out the middlemen in fashion retailing to offer affordable handmade shirts.
Tools to reach your small-business goals.