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Anne-Marie Faiola bio is now up!

February 8, 2010

Anne-Marie quit her job as a correctional officer at the age of 20 and started a business on a lark. Today, Bramble Berry Inc. has 12 years of steady growth and profitability. She has expanded her business to include a retail store, a mold manufacturing facility, a busy blog and a YouTube channel. Anne-Marie will share her story and lessons learned along the way from accidental entrepreneur to Nellie Cashman Women Business Owner of the Year for 2009. Join us as popular speaker Anne-Marie wows us with her business savvy and candor.
http://www.brambleberry.com/

Anne-Marie Faiola is CEO and Founder of Bramble Berry Inc. “A good business,” she says, “comes from finding something that works and capitalizing on it.” For Anne-Marie, that something came from making soap, a business concept she started as a hobby and then turned into a multi-million dollar enterprise.

As a teenager, Anne-Marie learned how to be business savvy from her father, a doctor who also ran a network of clinics and who encouraged her to find her own business opportunities. Taking her father’s advice, Anne-Marie started making personalized soaps to sell to friends and family. Years later, after pursuing a career as a correctional officer and about to apply to the FBI, Anne-Marie realized that her true passion was business and decided to become an entrepreneur. Determined to start her own company that would provide the highest quality products and ingredients for soap making, Anne-Marie left the criminal justice system and founded Bramble Berry Inc. in her living room. Desiring formal business training, she went back to school and received her MBA in 2007 while running her rapidly growing company.

Today, with over 2500 products, Bramble Berry has a customer base that extends across the country. In addition to soap, Anne-Marie now offers supplies to make candles, lotions, exfoliants, lip balms, and mineral based cosmetics. Otion, Bramble Berry’s retail component in Bellingham, Washington, offers workshops so customers can learn the latest project ideas and techniques. For those looking to expand their skill sets, Anne-Marie also built the website http://www.teachsoap.com. Her most recent project is Soap Queen TV (www.soapqueen.tv) where Anne-Marie is featured in free weekly episodes demonstrating melt & pour soapmaking techniques. She also maintains direct communication with her clients through her daily blog, http://www.soapqueen.com.

With new products added frequently as well as plans to expand the Otion store, clearly this is only the beginning for Anne-Marie.

“Success doesn’t happen overnight,” she says. “It’s about replicating small victories everyday.”

Bramble Berry Inc. provides the highest quality ingredients for making personalized soaps, as well as candles, bath and body essentials, and cosmetics. With over 2500 products and priding itself on offering the highest level of customer service, it’s no wonder that Bramble Berry, http://www.brambleberry.com <http://www.brambleberry.com> , is one of the leading craft suppliers in the United States.

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