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ZZZ Bears

Submitted by: Justin Baum
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State: North Carolina
City: Winston Salem

Business Description

TEN HUT! Sgt. Sleeptight – a tough but cuddly teddy bear in a military uniform – protects children as they sleep from bad dreams, fear of the dark, monsters under the bed and more!

What one unique aspect of your business will make you succeed over the next year?

The truly unique thing about our business, besides the product itself, is our higher purpose. We’re in business to make a profit, sure, but more importantly, we’re in business to make a difference for military families in need. And that’s what gets us up every morning. It’s what drives us to work harder, smarter, longer, more creatively than anyone else. Our military personnel and their families never give up. And neither will we.

How does your business make a positive impact on the community?

ZZZ Bears makes a positive difference in the community in two distinct ways: •Every month, ZZZ Bears donates Sgt. Sleeptight teddy bears to military children who have recently lost a parent in the line of duty through our partnership with TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors). •In addition to the charitable aspect of our business, ZZZ Bears solves a universal problem for ALL parents. That’s because putting Sgt. Sleeptight on duty creates a nighttime routine that puts both parents and children at ease. And a good night’s sleep boosts every child’s ability to learn, grow and thrive!

What would you do with a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, training, and help from a SCORE mentor to grow your business?

Since our business is run out of our home and doubles as our warehouse, we would use the $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card to furnish an office and purchase supplies to keep us organized and efficient! We would utilize a SCORE mentor to help us optimize the e-commerce side of the business as well as to help us scale the business for retail.
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