My guests are Stephanie Zito and Tianna Buckwalter Co-Founders of Color Cloud Hammocks sharing why they started this global hammock company, their value proposition and key lessons learned for entrepreneurs.
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Stephanie Zito is based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where the hammocks are made by local small women owned businesses. Stephanie and her Co-Founders Laura Grazier and Tianna Buckwalter (who are based in the U.S.) share a passion for helping entrepreneurs in developing countries. In addition to mentoring they pay above average wages, which is rare in developing countries.
The Co-Founders of Color Cloud Hammocks have a mission of helping small businesses grow and succeed, which is in line with our mission at Small Business Roundtable.
We will learn their biggest obstacles, mistakes to avoid and ideas to help you succeed. Color Cloud Hammocks is a great story of three women entrepreneurs that recognized a customer need and launched a business to meet the need.
About the Co-Founders:
Stephanie Zito – Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Stephanie is busy seeing the world and working to make it better from her current base in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. By day, Stephanie works as a storyteller for a children’s charity, and by night she serves as Color Cloud’s chief international buyer, production coordinator and exporter. She’s traveled to more than 100 countries, always packs a hammock, gives away 10$ everyday to someone trying to make a difference in the world, and blogs about all of this at www.wanderingzito.com.
Laura Grazier – Washington, DC
Laura currently splits her time between Washington DC and Afghanistan. She firmly believes in the power of small and medium business to boost local economies and spends her waking hours helping enterprises in developing nations find investors. She’s the brains behind the business plan, and loves the color Orange.
Tianna Buckwalter – Chattanooga, TN
Tianna is an Alaska-born graphic designer and creative recently transplanted to Tennessee where hammock weather is better year round. Based in Chattanooga, she runs ColoringBlue a design business that helps startup non-profits and entrepreneurs build their identities. When she isn’t tying bow-line knots, filling Color Cloud orders, and handling customer service, she secretly likes to paint.
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