October is not just the season of changing leaves and pumpkin spice; it’s also Women’s Small Business Month. This month gives us a chance to celebrate the undeniable impact and resilience of women in the business world. In honor of Women’s Small Business Month, we come together to applaud the remarkable achievements of female entrepreneurs. This month isn’t just about recognizing the success of one company; it’s about the collective power and influence of women-owned businesses.
At Pluie, we’re proud to be part of this incredible community of female-led businesses, working tirelessly to make the world a better place for families. In this article, we’re excited to shine a spotlight on Women’s Small Business Month, highlight some honorary mentions of other small companies founded by inspiring women, and share the story of Pluie and its founders.
The Journey of Women in Business
The journey of women in business has come a long way over the years. In 1972, there were just over 400,000 women-owned businesses in the United States. The road to entrepreneurship was often fraught with obstacles, including the need for a male relative to co-sign business loans. However, in 1988, the Women’s Business Ownership Act marked a significant turning point by increasing access to capital for women-owned small businesses. This Act increased access to capital for women-owned small businesses. Since then, women have not only thrived but have become a driving force in the business world.
Fast forward to today, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, women-owned businesses represent 42% of all U.S. businesses and generate an astonishing $1.9 trillion worth of revenue. There are now over 13 million women-owned businesses and counting. Every October, the Small Business Administration (SBA) pays tribute to these groundbreaking entrepreneurs, highlighting their accomplishments and contributions to the business world.
The Power of Women-Led Ventures
While there are countless women-owned businesses, here are a few honorary mentions of other women owned small businesses and friends of Pluie:
- Globowl by Erica Bethe Levin: Erica founded Globowl with the vision of crafting a more inclusive and inviting world, one delightful and nutritious meal at a time… catering to even the youngest “foodie” enthusiasts.
- Rescue in Color by Dr. Savannah Wagner and Office Meg Soultz: Driven by a passion to enhance accessibility and effectiveness of bleeding control kits, the women behind Rescue in Color are pioneering a transformation in this critical space.
- Kudos by Amrita Saigal: Amrita is revolutionizing the diapering experience worldwide with Kudos: the first disposable diaper adorned with 100% clean, doctor-recommended cotton, leaving plastic far behind.
- Crate Away by Kristyn Rose Berland: Inspired by her traveling journeys with her beloved English Bulldog Bo, Kristyn founded Crate Away to bridge a significant gap in the market, offering affordable, secure, and stress-free travel crates.
Pluie: Women Owned & Operated
Pluie, founded by Addie Gundry and Brittany Hizer, is a shining example of women in business making a difference. Our brand promise is to use innovative technology and beautiful design to create the cleanest, most comfortable, and convenient baby products on the market. We are dedicated to advocating for parents and caregivers, whether they’re at home or on-the-go.
The story behind Pluie began with a challenging diaper-changing experience in a public restroom. Addie Gundry, while out to lunch with her 10-month-old son in 2018, faced the dreaded diaper blowout. Frustrated by the lack of clean and comfortable changing facilities, she decided to take matters into her own hands. In 2020, she joined forces with Co-Founder Brittany Hizer, and together, they launched Pluie with a mission to #changethetable.
Today, Pluie Diaper Changing Tables can be found in public restrooms across 32 states, providing parents and caregivers with a cleaner, more comfortable, and convenient diaper-changing experience. Additionally, Pluie recently introduced the Pluie Pret Changing Clutch, offering a portable solution for parents on-the-go.
Celebrating Women in Business
As we celebrate Women’s Small Business Month, we join the chorus of voices applauding the tenacity and accomplishments of women entrepreneurs. Their dedication and innovation have not only transformed the business landscape but also paved the way for future generations of women in business.
Join us in celebrating this momentous occasion, and let’s continue to support and empower women in business as they change the world, one entrepreneurial venture at a time. Ways to highlight this impactful month: 1. Share a post to celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month 2. Highlight other women-owned small businesses on social media 3. Share some advice for other women-owned small businesses 4. Share your small business story
For more stories, insights, and inspiration, visit our Parapluie blog.
Written by Pluie Intern, Meredyth Jones