I don’t go anywhere without my chapstick. It also takes me longer than it should to find my chapstick at the bottom of my purse every time I want it. When I found this next company, I was so excited because I had found a solution to my chapstick searching problem! Not only does LippyClip create chapstick and hand sanitizer holders for your purse, keys, luggage, etc., they also happen to be super fashionable! So, let’s learn more about LippyClip and the passionate owner behind this self-made brand.

Business Name:  LippyClip
Owner: Amy Gabriel
Established Year: 2012
Location: Orlando, Florida

Facebook:  @lippyclip
: @lippyclip

Tell us about your business and the story behind its creation! 
LippyClip was invented in 2012 but my dream of a handmade business began decades ago as I sat with my mom and grandmothers learning to sew. I imagined the day when I would create products that people wanted to purchase. 

As I spent many of my younger years in the sewing rooms of these women, I began to develop a love for fabrics and creating products. Little did I know that my aspirations would one day provide for my family, support other women working from home, and grow into a thriving business. 

After college, marriage, and two kids, I worked as a pediatric nurse for ten years. Through a series of horrific events and deep grief, I needed to leave nursing. However, I had promised my husband that I would work to support him through graduate school, and he had approximately 18 months left to finish his master’s degree.

As a way to take my mind off of the sadness and loss, I began sewing again. The dream of creating products people would purchase was long buried underneath the busy-ness of family, work, and life. However, I added some items to my Etsy shop and watched and waited. I started small and slow but was quickly met with a high demand for products. Now seven years later, I lead a team of thirteen women who help to market, prep, sew, package, and ship LippyClips all over the country!

What products and services do you offer? What makes them unique?
The LippyClip®is a handmade lip balm holder designed to match your personality and keep your chapstick close by. Each chapstick and hand sanitizer holder is made of high-quality material and keeps your cylindrical lip balms and hand sanitizers snug and safe (all while looking great). Each LippyClip is individually packaged with a branded hangtag and clear bag – ready for gift-giving!

This phrase speaks to the obvious practicality of the LippyClip®  –  keeping your essentials just an arm’s length away at all times. We know that life is busy all the time, and often even chaotic, so why not simplify what you can? 

Our simple yet clever products take away the frustration of looking for lip balm by keeping it within your reach. But to our company, it’s so much more than that. We believe what you need is fully within your reach.  As a hard-working woman, you juggle a lot of things.  So whether it’s surviving the day with toddlers underfoot, reaching the next big sales goal in your office, or passing a college course, we know that your big dreams are not too far of a stretch away. 

We’re cheering for you, and as our simple yet clever product keeps your essentials just a few a inches away, we encourage you to reach for those big life goals and believe that you can achieve your dreams.

What do you love most about running your own business and being a business owner?
I love the flexibility it brings to me as a wife and mom.  I enjoy leading a team and having the creativity muscle of my brain consistently stretched into problem solving and brainstorming, creating new and innovative ways to grow the business.

I believe that doing good for women in our community is a great responsibility as a business owner.  I made the very intentional decision to grow the business as large as God allows, with the purpose of providing work for as many women as possible.

What has been one of the most memorable experiences or opportunities that you’ve experienced since opening your business?
I loved speaking at Christy Wright’s Business Boutique in 2018, and exhibiting at Atlanta Market in July 2021.  We’ve partnered with a local non-profit to collect toys and items for children at Christmas, and that has been so rewarding to give back to our community.

What advice would you give to aspiring business owners?
Don’t give up!  The first several years were so difficult as I learned everything and grew the business, but now, in year nine, it’s paying off in so many ways.  Also, don’t go in debt.  Grow slow, and grow debt free.  It’s worth it.

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