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Dishing 245th Birthday wishes to America!

Dishing Independence Day wishes to my fellow Americans!

American Flag waving over Rockefeller Center, NY

Happy 245th Birthday to the USA! Here’s to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Declaration of Independence

245 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 a business trip to D.C. for an event a few years ago, 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 !  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 245 years old!

RestoPresto at the National Archives Building

So here’s the thing: since the moment I launched my Kickstarter campaign (which was overfunded in 2 weeks), 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…providing customized advisory services for individuals and companies. I help bring business ideas to life: products and services, at any stage, across industries.  I customize solutions based on specific needs to move the project forward. 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 virtually AND in person, so please reach out if you are curious how I can help YOU and how we can partner on your project. You can check out my website: candiobrentz.com and contact me directly: candi@candiobrentz.com

Dishing wishes for the American Worker on Labor Day!

Labor Day is a yearly national tribute dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. Let’s hear it for the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of our country.

Please be well and stay safe everyone.

xo, Candi

Rockefeller Center, 2015

Dishing 244th Birthday wishes to America!

Dishing Independence Day wishes to my fellow Americans!

American Flag waving over Rockefeller Center, NY

Happy 244th Birthday to the USA! Here’s to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Declaration of Independence

244 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 a business trip to D.C. for an event a few years ago, 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 !  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 244 years old!

RestoPresto at the National Archives Building

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

Dishing about The Fab Four

Today is Global Beatles Day commemorating 53 years since The Beatles performed “All You Need Is Love” on the first around-the-world satellite broadcast that reached 5 continents.

I was thinking about how important The Beatles’ music is to the world and remembered that I wrote a little piece about this very topic a while ago, so I dug around, found it and am sharing it here:

In 1984, when I was around 13, I purchased the “20 Greatest Hits The Beatles” cassette using my babysitting money. I already appreciated the solo works of Paul, George, John and Ringo and of course was stunned when John’s life was taken away so violently in 1980. That aside, I knew most of the popular songs from the 20 Greatest Hits however I am convinced that they just sounded better on my Walkman because I paid for the album myself. I listened to that tape so much that I wore it out, which prompted me to move on to explore all of The Beatles’ music. Best. Idea. Ever.

Little did I know that the music and lyrics of The Beatles would consistently bring joy to my life, particularly when I needed it the most. Rubber Soul. Magical Mystery Tour. Abbey Road. Revolver…and of course my favorite: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I have read biographies, watched documentaries and even walked in the steps of the Fab Four in Liverpool, London and Hamburg.

Their story has so much to do with impeccable timing & simply going for it: forming the band, replacing Pete with Ringo, bravely producing their revolutionary lyrics and sounds in less than one decade; abandoning live performances and even disbanding. All of these factors combined (plus so many more) created an avalanche of groundbreaking music that changed the world.

When I think of their individual childhoods and subsequent collaboration – it inspires me that innovation and changing the game are within my reach.

Dishing well wishes


Dishing out the very best wishes to you and your loved ones for good health and ease during this trying time.

Dishing SPOOKTACULAR Halloween Wishes!

Happy Halloween from The Candi Dish!

Autumnal Equinox Dishing

To my friends in the Northern Hemisphere:
Best wishes for a colorful and cozy Autumn!
xo, Candi


Remembering the fallen


On this Memorial Day in the USA and every day may the memories of the fallen Servicemen and Servicewomen be a blessing.

Dishing about a feature in Forbes!

Happy New Year!

I am THRILLED to share the news that I was featured in a Forbes article about entrepreneurial goals for 2019.

As you may know, I am the creator of a patented, thin, easily transportable wearable blanket called RestoPresto. It is my pride and joy: creating it from scratch after I discovered that this “make my life easier” product that I wanted did not exist.

Accelerating the idea of RestoPresto to possessing an actual, patented product on the market rocked my world. It propelled my professional life from corporate to entrepreneurship and completely transformed my personal life.

As my inventory for RestoPresto began to dwindle, I changed my strategy and serendipitously launched my customized advisory business. Once again, I discovered a gap in the market: this time for a trustworthy, empathetic advisor with hands-on experience of bringing a new product to market. This offerings of this business have expanded from guiding people through the creation process for products to customized plans for business development, Kickstarter campaigns and start-up launches (and many actions & strategies in-between).

Now back to that FORBES article!!! It’s a brief read about my educated decision to seek a business partner in the new year. This is a big shift for me since I own 100% of equity in my company and have achieved remarkable feats on my own. However, with a sold-out inventory, a growing waiting list for RestoPrestos and a solid vision for expansion, I revamped my action plan and decided that additional brains, muscle power & experience are needed to properly grow the product and company.

Click on this hyperlink to enjoy the Forbes article.

Please be in touch if you wish to discuss my plans for RestoPresto, for a complimentary consultation if you (or someone you know) is ready to move forward with a business idea and with ANY questions.

With warmest wishes to you in 2019,
Candi

Dishing out warm & wonderful wishes for 2019!

Dishing out warm & wonderful wishes for 2019!
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