Courtesy of Shark Tank on ABC-TV
“2 Ladies With 37 Grandkids Get Big Startup Money From Mark Cuban”
Megan Rose Dickey reported this story in the Silicon Valley, CA. Business Insider.
“It’s never too late to be an entrepreneur.
In exchange for the cash, Beverly Vines-Haines and Charlotte Clary gave up a 40% stake in their company, even though they were only looking to give up a 15% stake.
But these two are not your typical entrepreneurs. Vines-Haines used to be a romance writer and Clary has a B.S. in Natural Health. And between the two of them, they have 37 grandchildren.”
“They started off as two grannies in a garage hammering away at the hard candies to break them into smaller pieces.
The Ice Chips are made with Xylitol, a healthy, natural sugar alternative and come in 17 different flavors.
But before the two grannies set out on their venture, they were told that no one could make a hard candy out of Xylitol.
Now, they’re selling Ice Chips all over the world and are on track to hit $1 million in sales by the end of the year.”
Click here to see their video on YouTube.
Ed. Note: I purchased the first batch of Ice-Chips flavors ever sold at the Yelm Food Co-op and have been a satisfied customer ever since.
UPDATE: December 4, 2012
“Yelm grandmothers take their candy company to ‘Shark Tank'”
By Eric Johnson on KOMO-TV 4.