Happy 241st Birthday, America!

Dishing Independence Day wishes to my fellow Americans!

Happy 241st Birthday to the USA! Here’s to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Declaration of Independence

241 years ago on the 4th of July, the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted by Congress to formally separate from Great Britain AND the United States was born. The Declaration of Independence, one of the most important founding documents of the United States, is kept safe and sound in the Rotunda of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC.

On my last visit to D.C., I took an early morning stroll along Pennsylvania Avenue (with my easily portable product invention RestoPresto  the Made in America wearable blanket, of course) and when I happened upon the National Archives, I had an A-HA, very meaningful moment. Here I was, at this striking building that holds a document that bestows life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and I had achieved a very American dream: I switched careers from corporate to entrepreneurship (after the age of 40) when I discovered a gap in the market for a product that I wanted but could not find. I envisioned an easily transportable, multi-functional, soft, water-repellent textile to use how and when I needed it instantly…then through hard, strategic work beset with challenges, accomplishments and several big set-backs, brought it to life! It was subsequently patented and featured on the TODAY SHOW last September.  As we all know, dreams are universal and not just an “American thing” however when you achieve a business goal in the USA, there is a unique sense of pride since our country is a young 241 years old!

So here’s the thing: since the moment I launched my Kickstarter campaign which also revealed RestoPresto to the market, people have asked me how, what, who and tons of other questions about prototyping, crowdfunding, intellectual property, manufacturing, shipping, branding, PR, social media, marketing and everything in-between. I learned that necessity is the mother of invention with RestoPresto and am now, proudly running a second business…a customized advisory business. I work with innovative people who have an idea, at any stage, that needs to progress. I customize solutions based on individual needs to bring that idea for a product or service to life. WOW – it is a totally different kind of gratification helping people do what I did with the hope of reducing the headaches and adding firsthand experienced value by sharing my “been there done that” expertise.

My doors are OPEN to work with me so please reach out if you are curious how I can help YOU and how we can partner on your project. Of course, referrals are very welcome: candi@candiobrentz.com

 

Interview with Entrepreneur Candi Obrentz of The Candi Dish & RestoPresto

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When I first launched my business, I sought guidance for many things: textiles, manufacturing basics, intellectual property, how to form an LLC, how in the WORLD do you get exposure and press for your product invention…you know, stuff like that! When I brilliantly engaged a fellow innovative entrepreneurial friend who generously shared her knowledge, she also introduced me to her friend, Sabina Hitchen. SCORE! I was taken by Sabina’s positive energy and genuine interest in my product creation, RestoPresto (and me). THEN the teaching began. No strings attached information sharing, tips, suggestions and ideas. WOWSA!

So when Sabina requested an interview with me to discuss my entrepreneurial journey and amazing accomplishment of RestoPresto being featured on the TODAY SHOW, I leaped at the opportunity.

Here is a link to the interview: http://sabinaknows.com/restopresto

If you are a small business owner who needs guidance on navigating the world of PR and press (let’s face it, what entrepreneur doesn’t?), check out Sabina Knows (you can thank me later)!

All the best,
Candi

RestoPresto is a compact gadget that has TONS of uses!

RestoPresto is a compact gadget that has TONS of uses!

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