Ever wanted to work with Glenn Beck? In a way, this is your chance.
Beck is launching a new venture that looks to give fans and consumers an opportunity to support the engine behind the U.S. economy: small businesses. Are you looking to act on deeds not words? Here is your opportunity.
"I am launching the Markdown Marketplace so we all can have a place where we can support great small businesses," Beck told The Blaze Wednesday. "A place where you can put your money where your heart is."
You've all heard and probably used daily deal and online shopping sites before, but Markdown Marketplace is a different opportunity. Users will be able to find not only fantastic products, but support handpicked vendors that operate their business the right way and exemplify the values that make this country great. The online marketplace will give these businesses a chance to sell their products to consumers they could not ordinarily reach, and give consumers a chance to support the great small businesses that are the backbone of the economy.
So what types of businesses will you find? Here's a look at just two of the great family-owned ones that will be found at the Markdown Marketplace:
Founding Fathers Tea
Elaine Willingham was raised to believe in the beauty and promise of America. Before she started Founding Fathers Tea, she grew up sharing tea with her father, discussing his love for our nation and how America’s freedom should never be taken for granted. Elaine’s father loved tea, (Ginger Peach was his favorite) and when he passed away three years ago, Elaine made it her mission to create a company committed to the values and integrity her father embodied.
Elaine's father inspired her to work hard, to give every day of life everything you have and to believe that the best days of America are still ahead. For Elaine and her father, tea meant time with family and friends, children’s laughter at parties and a relaxing Sunday with loved ones. The passion and love of country Elaine’s dad personified lives on in the premium flavors of Founding Fathers Tea. It is with this inspiration to live honorably that Elaine Willingham brings you Founding Fathers Tea. The tea is cultivated, scientifically managed and skillfully produced for the finest, most fragrant blends.
Founding Fathers Tea begins with premium Ceylon Tea from the Island of Ceylon (now called Sri Lanka) which is world renowned for its high quality teas. This ensures consistency in the flavor, aroma and color of wonderful Ceylon teas.
In the 1930s, Elaine’s grandparents came to America from Greece, with hope in their hearts to become American citizens. They learned English and American History in record time and were proud, hardworking Americans. They were people of deep Faith, had eternal Hope and were very generous, charitable people. The tea represents the honorable way these hard-working Americans lived.
Saratoga Potato Chips
Danny and Shelly Jameson started working on the business plan for Saratoga Specialties Company in January 2009 as a result of Danny losing his job after 23 years. Convinced they needed to rely on themselves instead of a stubborn job market, the couple began a journey to reintroduce the Original Saratoga Chip to the nation. In doing so, they also were able to realize the American Dream.
Together, they learned that tireless hard work, unshakable commitment, self-reliance and good old American capitalism were the keys to their ongoing success. The business formally launched on the 4th of July in 2009 and has enjoyed steady growth, is completely debt free, and has been profitable and self-funding since day one.
The Moon Brand Original Saratoga Potato Chips are hand made in individual batches by gourmet artisans using the same recipe and methods used by George Crum in 1853.The vintage package, reminiscent of better, gentler times is a replication of the original Moon's Lake House take-out box -- truly an American feel good classic. Moon Brand Original Saratoga Chips are made from fresh, farm grown Yukon Gold potatoes in all natural cottonseed oil and finished with natural mineral based sea salt.
Where you come in
"I believe that small businesses are the engine behind the U.S. economy," Beck said. "I also know it's not easy. I know how hard these small business owners work to keep the lights on and to make payroll.
"I wanted to create a marketplace where all of us could support these great small businesses."
It takes courage to start and sustain a business in these uncertain times. Markdown Marketplace gives responsible and compassionate consumers the chance to support the faith small business owners have in our economy.
But to give consumers and business this great opportunity, Beck needs your help.
If you own a small business, visit Markdown.com today and apply to become part of this small business revolution. Markdown Marketplace wants to know what inspired you to create something from nothing, why your business matters to you and why you believe it should matter to America.
If you don't own a small business, but know of one in your community that would be perfect for the Marketplace, visit Markdown.com and submit a business. Markdown will contact that business and let them know you recommended them.