Please join us in welcoming four of our newest additions to The Marketplace by TheBlaze ― the world’s finest collection of small businesses. Learn about the small-business owners who are working to strengthen America’s economy while pursuing their own versions of the American dream.
Mary Helen Clothing
While interning at several corporate clothing companies, Mary Helen Boeddeker was not impressed by the way young girls were being portrayed. The focus was on celebrities and a very particular body image seemed to be pushed on young girls through the clothing styles and designs. Mary Helen decided to make it her mission to develop clothing that would inspire kids and teach them what beauty really is.
Witnessing the prevalence of “math phobia” among children in their communities, a group of graduate math teachers wanted to create something to empower children to succeed in subjects like science, technology, engineering and math. Teaming up with two-time United States chess champion Jennifer Shahade they designed Yamie Chess to teach critical thinking skills while laying the foundation for children to be successful.
Working in Long Island’s nonprofit sector, Jeffrey Reynolds was passionate about improving the quality of life for youth, families, seniors and veterans. After 9/11, he realized there seemed to be a shortage of flags available, with most being produced overseas. Believing this was wrong on several levels, Jeffrey was determined to provide affordable, high-quality American flags, made with American materials by American workers.
When Jeff Emerson first told his wife, Chris, that he wanted to buy cows to help feed people, she thought he was simply going through a midlife crisis. Only after taking their hormone-free meats to the local farmer’s market to sell did the Emersons see how much of a difference they could make. Their customers, especially cancer patients, begged them to keep coming back. The Emersons now run a business that provides some of the best, high-quality meats available.
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