Some people discover treasures in barns and attics. Dennis and Kayla Fioravanti discovered them in their bathroom medicine cabinet, when they began making natural remedies to treat their kids' little boo-boos. From humble beginnings making small batches of lotions and salves in their kitchen and selling them at home parties, Dennis and Kayla have grown Essential Wholesale into a multi-million dollar enterprise with a 35,000 foot manufacturing facility and 30 full-time employees.
Kayla took a few moments at last month's Conference of Handcrafted Soapmakers to share a little of her business, family and lifestyle philosophies.
Like Dennis and Kayla, my husband and I work very closely together in our business. It's interesting to make love and money at the same time, but it's also fulfilling. And there's nothing like being able to train your kids in the ways of business without even trying. We live it so they live it too, by default!
What do you think?
Are you inspired by this episode? Does it energize you to think that in 10 short years, a family could not only create an enterprise that provides for itself, but also 30 other families in their community? How cool is that?