SEATTLE, Oct. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- From inspirational girl bosses to super moms with the next million-dollar idea, women everywhere are stepping into the role of CEO and creating successful businesses of their own. In honor of National Women's Small Business Month this October, zulily, the online retailer obsessed with bringing special finds every day to its customers, is raising awareness around female entrepreneurship by launching four weeks of sales events featuring female small business owners and the amazing products they've created.
Since the company was founded in 2010, zulily continues to empower and help entrepreneurs thrive at every stage of their journey by providing a platform to reach new customers, telling a story around their brand and providing proprietary resources to grow their businesses. Having featured 15,000 brands to date, and launching 9,000 products a day, zulily offers its customers the unique opportunity to discover new and beloved brands. Throughout October, shoppers will have access to more than 100 small businesses, all companies created and owned by women. Each sales event will feature products ranging from home décor to footwear, to maternity clothes, women's and kids' fashion, to baby gear, beauty, DIY and more.
"At zulily, we support both small businesses and female entrepreneurs each and every day. We are raising visibility and celebrating inspirational female businesswomen and their inventions, by spotlighting National Women's Small Business Month with a month-long celebration. Our dedicated sales events will feature unique and fresh merchandise from women-owned and -led businesses," said Lori Twomey, Chief Merchant at zulily. "It is truly inspiring to see these women and their companies grow with our teams here at zulily. We hope their stories of determination and perseverance will encourage other rising entrepreneurs who are just starting their own business ventures to make what seems like the impossible, possible."
By working with zulily, many of these female entrepreneurs were able to expand their businesses and quickly reach their goals. A select number of brands participating include:
CHOOZE - In 2011, Sharon Blumberg, mother of three, was driven to start a brand that empowers kids with creativity, confidence and their power to make an impact. She created CHOOZE after her youngest daughter chose to mismatch her shoes every day with confidence. As a result, Sharon decided to take a leap of faith and founded a company selling shoes that are "creatively coordinated." Each purchase provides buyers with the opportunity to "CHOOZE your CAUSE." CHOOZE donates a percentage of the purchase to a charity of the buyer's choice, as a way to teach kids about how their choices impact others.
AllerMates - Realizing that there was no clear way to help easily communicate her son's health concerns, Iris Shamus created AllerMates as a way to educate and alert others about a child's allergy or health concern, while also empowering them and making them feel good and safe. AllerMates is now a growing line of fun alert wristbands, colorful medicine cases, lunch bags and more, to help bring awareness and keep children safe. Iris believes that the business of safeguarding families is endless and continues to look for innovative ways to expand.
PackIt - In 2008, Melissa Kieling found herself a single mom to three children, with a need to reinvent her career. The idea to create freezable lunch bags came from Melissa's desire to send her kids to school with healthy lunches that wouldn't spoil by lunchtime. Since there was nothing on the market, she decided to invent it herself! Inspired, she cut apart a shower curtain to create freezable lunch bags — and PackIt was born. Through an infomercial that featured her invention, she turned PackIt into a multimillion-dollar business and is continuing to expand her line of products.
Da Bomb Bath Fizzers - Founded by two young female entrepreneurs, Da Bomb Bath Fizzers™ was created when the Bercaw sisters Isabel (age 16) and Caroline (15) were looking for something that was a little different from the bath bombs currently on the market. Guided by the belief that everyone loves surprises, they added a little surprise in the center of their line of bath bombs and consumer demand rose. The pair manages to juggle school and friends, while standing at the helm of a company that has created nearly 100 jobs in their community, and continues to sell out at both brick and mortar stores and e-commerce sites like zulily.
About zulily, llc zulily (http://www.zulily.com) is a retailer obsessed with bringing customers special finds at incredible prices every day. zulily features an ever-changing, always delightful collection of clothing, home décor, toys, gifts and more––for the whole family. Unique products from up-and-coming brands are featured alongside favorites from top brands, giving customers something new to discover each morning. zulily was launched in 2010 and is headquartered in Seattle with offices in Ohio, Nevada and Pennsylvania. zulily has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: QVCA) since October 2015.