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12 Questions for CEO Jacqueline Smith, Kiesque during our weggchat™ 2/6/19

Here is an excerpt from our hashtag #weggchat (follow @weggtoday) held on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Central time.

Starting Up and Taking a Personal Care Product Global

weggchat™ guest: Jacqueline Smith, CEO
Kiesque (www.Kiesque.com)

weggchat moderator: Laurel Delaney, President
Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global™ (www.womenentrepreneursgrowglobal.org)

Welcome to our weggchat™ everyone. Thank you for joining us. Today we are excited to have Jacqueline Smith, CEO of Chicago-based Kiesque (www.kiesque.com) with us. Morning Jacqueline and all!

weggChat with Jacqueline SmithHere is how our weggchat runs. We have 12 questions. I’ll send the first one as Q1, which shows it is official and then Jacqueline @Kiesque can respond w/A1. Everyone feel free to comment or share your experience relative to the questions. Let’s have fun, learn and grow global together! Don’t forget to include #weggchat in every tweet. Here we go!

Q1: What prompted you to start your business @Kiesque?

Jacqueline Smith:  I always wanted to have my own company some day. When I had the concept of my first product it seemed the right time to begin.

Q2: What does @Kiesque stand for?

JS:  Kiesque, pronounced key-esk doesn’t have a specific meaning but the name was created with a few goals in mind. It was to have a distinct uniqueness to it, have no google returns, and not have any translations in a foreign language.

Q3: You have a patented product called Liquid Palisade. I’ve heard it called “painter’s tape” for nail art. How did you come up with that product? Explain what’s unique about it.

JS:  I imagined a liquid applied to the cuticles before polishing and peeled away afterwards to reveal a clean manicure.

Q4: You received a patent on Liquid Palisade. What steps did you take to make that happen?

JS:  The very first thing I did was to spend hours researching patents on the internet and searching every store I entered to see if this concept existed. Next, I paid for a professional patent search to double check my findings and spent time learning about the process.

Q5: Can you share a video on how the product works?

JS:  All videos can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/user/kiesque1

Q6: Think back: when did you first start selling internationally and how did it happen?

JS:  I was very fortunate that several international outlets reached out to us directly after we had exposure in the press.

Q7: Where’s your biggest market outside the USA and why?

JS:  My biggest market outside the states is the European Union because I signed an exclusivity with Sephora Europe for an all store launch.

Q8: You have received phenomenal press coverage (https://kiesque.com/pages/liquid-palisade-in-the-press). How did that come about?

JS:  When I was ready for market, I emailed 3 influential nail bloggers to ask if they would like samples and within a week or so they posted their reviews.

Q9: Tell us about any recent awards you earned, if any, and what that experience was like?
e.g., http://www.telva.com/premios-telva/album/2017/02/01/58917f5f468aeb302e8b4638_12.html

JS:  Most recently, I was invited to participate in an Export Pitch by Chicago Metro Exports (http://www.metrochicagoexports.com/pitch_competitions-2-2-2/) and sponsored by Chicago Regional Growth Corporation along with UPS.

Q10: What’s the most fun thing that happened while running @Kiesque?

JS:  One of my best memories was going viral on Instagram but not for the reason you might think.

Q11: What’s the biggest challenge you experienced and how did you overcome it?

JS:  One of the biggest challenges was creating educational packaging for a prestige market. They just don’t go hand in hand.

Q12: What advice do you have for other women entrepreneurs and business owners in growing a business globally?

JS:  Move at your own pace and make decisions that are best for you. Listen to your instincts.

NUMiX: Small Startup, Big Global Impact


Our next wegginar® presenter is Katie Kollhoff, CEO of water purification startup NUMiX, a business with rich marketplace potential.  In just six months, here’s what Katie and her team has achieved:

About NUMiX

The NUMiX business includes a suite of sorbent powder products capable of collecting metals from water.  Such products could be used to clean toxic metals out of industrial wastewater or recover silver in manufacturing processes for reuse.

About Katie and her upcoming wegginar 10/3/18

Katie is a Master’s of Engineering Management student and a safety engineer at Northwestern with a background in chemical engineering, specializing in process safety management.  Her wegginar, “Small Startup, Big Global Impact,” will cover:

  • Origin story of a small women-owned hard science company
  • Technological developments and their impact on water risk
  • Worldwide water as a market
  • Considerations of a small company reaching across the globe

To register (it’s free due to wegg’s sponsors) or learn more, visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8060785115734801921

How to Find New Overseas Markets To Supply

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After realizing that not one company or person in Australia had come up with a good alternative to cosmetics marked by harsh chemicals and a poor reputation on animal cruelty, Kester Black founder Anna Ross started working with a chemist to develop a line of vegan, water based nail polish products. Three years later, customers rank her company’s brand as better than global name Butter London and in line with big player OPI.

The business started small, but Ross quickly found new markets to supply.  Now the brand has developed a loyal following in the Australian, European and New Zealand markets.  In addition, she earned the Young Business Woman of the Year award.

About Kester Black:

Established in 2009 by Anna Ross, Kester Black designs and produces ethical, sustainable cosmetics and skincare. Our products are the first in the world to obtain a vast suite of accreditations such as Choose Cruelty Free, International Cruelty Free, Vegan Society, Australian Made and B Corporation.

Learn more about how Anna started suppling overseas markets here. The biggest lesson to learn from this piece is to always listen to your customers.

Screenshot courtesy:  Kester Black

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next_up_4jan_2017_wegginarNote: Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 1/4/17 on “Laurel Delaney’s Global Trade Trends Report 2017,” and presented by Laurel Delaney, President of GlobeTrade.com, creator of The Global Small Business Blog, and President of Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global.  Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4683006218535347459 Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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Tell Us How and Why You Want To Grow Global and Win BIG!

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UPS, in partnership with Metro Chicago Exports & JPMorgan Chase, announced the 2016 Metro Chicago International X-port Challenge. Listen up all women entrepreneurs and business owners!

This export pitch contest starts with you simply telling UPS-Metro Chicago Exports-JPMorgan Chase how and why you want to grow your global business — and you could be the winner of $10,000 in free export shipping credits and a matching prize of $10,000 in grant dollars.  And the beauty of this offer is that it only take a few minutes of your time to apply.  Imagine all the new customers your business could reach worldwide with these prizes!

The top 10 applicants will be invited to a “Pitch Off” event at Chase Tower in downtown Chicago on Thursday, October 20, 2016. These 10 businesses will have an opportunity interact with an illustrious panel of expert judges.

Three winners will be selected based on their international appeal and execution strategy. Should you qualify as one of their top 10 finalists, you will be contacted for verification and with further Pitch-off event date and location details. You must be available to participate in the Pitch-Off event to be eligible to qualify as a finalist.

This event is open to small and medium-sized companies (men and women may apply) located in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will counties.

Go here to apply:  https://global.ups.com/x-portchallenge/?WT.mc_id=VAN701625  Note:  Deadline is September 16th.  Good luck! Let us know if you come out a winner!

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 8/24 on “Reach Multilingual Markets: Creating Content, Developing Effective Partnerships, and Utilizing Translation Technology,” and presented by expert Jennifer Murphy, Director of Marketing, Eriksen Translations, Inc. Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8702241284561995012. Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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In India, Women Entrepreneurs Do Better Than Their Male Counterparts in Startups

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Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Government of India, says, “Women [in India] are doing better than their male counterparts in start-ups.”  His point is well taken.

Women business innovators recently congregated at one platform in New Delhi (India) to make a pitch to Mr. Aroon Purie, Chairman, The India Today Group, an Indian media conglomerate, to win US $25,000.

Here is what each of the four women presented in a span of 1-1/2 minutes.

4 women entrepreneurs make the perfect pitch to win 25,000 USD

Note:  Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 4/13.  Register here.  Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

Social Entrepreneurs Push for Progress on a Global Scale

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The Schwab Foundation recently announced that 31 individuals have been named its Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2015 — an award that honors individuals who are pushing for progress on a variety of issues affecting underserved communities.  The awardees will become part of the broader Schwab Foundation community of Social Entrepreneurs, which includes more than 300 outstanding social entrepreneurs from 60 countries.

Hilde Schwab, Co-Founder and Chairperson of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship says:

“Social entrepreneurs are visionaries but are also realists, and are ultimately concerned with the practical implementation of scalable solutions.”

She goes on to say:

“The 31 outstanding social entrepreneurs we have selected into the Schwab Foundation community this year are designing transformative models in collaboration with government and business partners to generate truly inclusive growth. As such, social entrepreneurs represent an integral and dynamic community of the World Economic Forum.”

RosanneHaggerty2015One awardee is Community Solutions which “helps communities become better problem solvers, so they can fix the expensive, badly designed systems that low income people must rely on every day.”  (Source:  Community Solutions).  Ms. Rosanne Haggerty (pictured) is co-founder and CEO of Community Solutions and is on a mission to end homelessness and strengthen communities.

Congrats to the awardees and a big thank you to Schwab Foundation for recognizing innovative approaches to progress and the potential for global impact.

Read more:  Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship Announces Social Entrepreneurs of 2015

Complete listing of awardees.

Screenshot courtesy:  Schwab Foundation

The Buck Stops in Barbados With Women Who Export

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Two winning entrepreneurs from a Women’s Entrepreneurship Day breakfast hosted in Barbados, Nadaline Cummings of Caribbean E-Waste Management and Marcia Weekes of Step By Step Productions, are pioneers in exporting in non-traditional sectors.  Take Marcia, for example:

Marcia Weekes is a pioneer in the film industry in Barbados, producing films through her company, Step by Step Productions, since 2008. Her first film,Hush, played to thousands of secondary school students in Barbados and to sold-out crowds at the Olympus Theatres. She had similar success with her Hush 2 and Hush 3 movies, and her movie Chrissy was nominated for Best International Film at the Bronze Lens Film Festival in Atlanta, Georgia. She has exported her films to the Caribbean and the diaspora.

Congratulations to both award winners.  We are very proud of you!

What this tells us is that whether it is Marcia in Barbados or Mary from Chicago, women are ready to export and only need knowledge and access to markets to go beyond the borders.  WEGG will provide both.

Don’t forget to sign up for more information on our first WEGG webinar “Getting Started in Exporting: Ready Your Business for Growth” on Jan. 6, 2016.

Read more:  Wowed by the women

myBestHelper Wins 2015 Cartier World Women Entrepreneur Award

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The Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are an international business plan competition created in 2006 by Cartier, the Women’s Forum, McKinsey & Company and INSEAD business school to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs.  Canadian company myBestHelper and co-founder Dr. Alexandra Greenhill have been selected as the winner of the 2015 Laureate for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards for the North American region.

About myBestHelper

myBestHelper is the essential digital tool that gives families the easiest way to access and use all options of care that they need – paid and free, just-in-time and most suited to their needs; 59% of families feel daily life is overwhelming mostly related to managing child and/or elder care. We are doing for family life what Linkedin did for our professional lives – helping families make the most out of life.

Read more:  Canadian Startup Wins 2015 Cartier World Women Entrepreneur Award

Screenshot courtesy:  myBestHelper


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