GaBBY Bows, 9-year-old entrepreneur, wins American Small Business Championship
COLUMBIA — Local elementary entrepreneur Gabrielle Goodwin and her mom Rozalynn have been chosen as winners of The American Small Business Championship hosted by SCORE, a national non-profit dedicated to mentoring small business owners, and generously supported by Sam’s Club, a leading U.S. membership club serving small businesses since 1983.
GaBBY Bows earned the title of American Small Business Champion by submitting an online application answering the question “What dream would you be able to achieve if you were to win this Championship?” Nominations which garnered at least 100 votes were then presented to a judging panel of small business experts that determined 103 winners including GaBBY Bows.
Gabrielle was just five years old when she started daily insisting she and her Mom create a barrette that would stay in her hair. They solved the age-old problem of disappearing girls’ hair barrettes by inventing the Double-Face Double-Snap Barrette by GaBBY and starting their company when Gabrielle was seven years old.
In just two years of operations, GaBBY Bows have saved families time, money and frustration in 43 states and seven countries through online sales at gabbybows.com. The hair accessory solution is also sold in 25 retail stores in the Southeast.
The Championship awarded the title to 103 small businesses for their dedication to the success of their businesses. The American Small Business Champions will each receive a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, an all-expense-paid trip to a regional training event, SCORE mentoring for one year and publicity throughout the year.
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