Not every business venture has to be done on a large scale. Some of the greatest business ideas can start in your very own home.
Part time students and full time moms, McKelle Skirvin and Katelyn Halterman, were talking on the phone one day about the daily struggles of meal time with their children. “The most frustrating thing about meal time with my daughter is cleaning up the high chair and changing her clothes after every meal. Bibs are wonderful because they save the top of the outfit, but what about her bottoms? Nothing is there to stop her from dropping handfuls of spaghetti onto her pants and rubbing the red sauce all over.” Mckelle said.
After months of frustration, the friends experimented with the idea of creating a high chair insert to catch run away food and decided to sketch a design. Their idea became what is now the High-Bib. They have a working prototype and are acquiring materials to begin large scale production soon. Mckelle said, “I have been using our prototype at every meal and it has worked phenomenally. Using a regular bib vs. our High-Bib has dramatically decreased the amount of time and frustration associated with meals.”
The High Bib is made of a laminated cotton fabric, which means that it is wipeable as well as machine washable, a crucial element to the design. It was designed to fit the IKEA Antelope high chair, but it can be adjusted to fit most high chairs on the market. “We created this product because we think it is the best solution to messy mealtime and we want to share the additional happiness that comes from using it.” McKelle said.
The Entrepreneurship Program at SUU promotes transformative educational experiences and financial well-being through new venture creation. The program connects students with business mentors, hosts monthly networking events, and provides necessary support and counseling services in finance, partner facilitation, marketing, legal and human resources. Students of all majors interested in starting a business can join the Entrepreneurship Club or contact Tyler Stillman at firstname.lastname@example.org.