(VIDEO) Small Biz Success Story: Pride Products Promotional Goods
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 • 9:03am
Small business is often about the littlest of things. Small, inexpensive giveaways like cups, flash drives and pens branded with a company logo are a ubiquitous part of our culture. Pride Products competes in this $19 billion market by doing the small, customer service things really well. In an industry that has almost no barriers to entry, is not technology driven, is comprised of hundreds of thousands of companies and is highly commoditized, service is one of the few ways to differentiate a business.
Now in business for 16 years with eight full-time employees and numerous paid interns, this ex-Wall Street executive and former corporate attorney wouldn’t have it any other way. They wisely picked an industry where nearly every sector of the economy is a customer and deliver a great product, on time and within budget, over and over. That’s when small turns into something big.
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AnnMarie Quintaglie McIlwain is a former marketing executive with Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson and consultant to several Fortune 100 companies. Now, as Founder and CEO of CareerFuel.net, she is a social entrepreneur who connects people with the information and inspiration they need in order to get jobs and start businesses. CareerFuel is the only site that gives people what they need to know to find jobs or start businesses plus blogs and short films about real people who made it happen.
A recipient of numerous civic and leadership awards, AnnMarie is a Board member of CFIRA.org, was a participant in the first White House Entrepreneurial Session, the recent WeOwnIt Summit, and the first Alley to the Valley Event. She is also a member of 85Broads and Startup America.
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