The New York International Gift Fair (NYIGF) kicked off this Sunday at the Jacob Javits Center with approximately 2,800 vendors looking to attract over 35,000 attendees.
The show is divided up into four categories that include: new, home, lifestyle, and handmade. Within the category division, NYIGF has split the categories into subdivisions: New York’s newest, accent on design, at home, baby & child, Ex-tracts, general gift, handmade designer maker, handmade global design, personal accessories and details, studio, and tabletop & housewares.
As I was enthralled by all the small business owners, I really was inspired by the vendors in the handmade global design division. Everyone I talked to was so proud of their business and dedicated to bringing goodness to the world. (more…)
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Walmart just launched “Get on the Shelf,” a contest for new invention and product submissions where the public picks the winner.
In this American Idol-like competition, people submit their invention online by uploading a video demonstrating their amazing product.
The public votes on the best product in a two-round event, where the top three get to have their product showcased on www.walmart.com and the first place winner gets to also have shelf space in selected Walmart shops.
The initial voting round begins March 7th and runs until April 4th. Once this round is closed, the top ten will be announced. From April 11-24, the voting period determines the top three winners.
So far, “Get on the Shelf” has garnered over 40 videos. Some of the inventions submitted include The Little Green Money, a business kit for children; A Game Sports Drink, a vitamin fortified, hydrating drink; and Boo-Boo Cover-Up, a band-aid-less healing cream.
To view all the videos click here.
So, if you are a small business with big dreams now is the chance to get discover. Hurry, the deadline is February 22nd.
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In the running for 2011 best new start-up, Codecademy is a brilliant online FREE service that takes the headache out of learning how to code.
Created by Ryan Bubinski and Zach Sims, the duo saw a niche that needed to be filled—people dying to get a piece of Silicon Valley but not having the background to create the next million dollar app. (more…)