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Valdata Systems

President of Valdata Systems, Tom Winter graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.  Valdata was the brainchild of Tom and his two business partners, Bill Winter and Frank Parkinson.  All three owners have their roots in the weighing industry.  Looking at batch process manufacturers, they knew that there was a more efficient way to produce quality product with less waste and, at the same time, increase inventory accuracy.  They felt that cosmetics and pharmaceutical manufacturers were perfect candidates.

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DefineMe Fragrance

DefineMe Fragrance was born from a deep desire to help make a difference in women’s lives.  Founder and CEO, Jennifer McKay Newton, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Interior Design and was a practicing interior designer for 15 years.  She decided to start a new journey and began with the idea of creating more meaningful products; products that would make a positive impact in people’s lives. In 2011, she launched Pure Designs for Living.

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Colorado Quality Products

Founded in 1999, Colorado Quality Products (CQP) started with the idea that through cutting edge R&D and great customer service, it could build a beauty business. The company started with a very simple business philosophy: partnership in beauty. Since the beginning, it has always relied on the fundamental idea that its customers are its partners in business. CQP prides itself on being responsive partners, creative problem solvers, and flexible support systems for its customers.

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Tish & Snooky's MANIC PANIC NYC

The “herstory” of Tish & Snooky’s® MANIC PANIC® exemplifies the American dream. Tish and Snooky were raised single-handedly by their mother in the Bronx. It didn’t matter that they had little money as she gave the girls an abundance of unconditional love and encouragement to live their dreams. Their flamboyant style grew without boundaries as they hit the stages of the avant-garde music scene in 1970’s New York City. As backup singers for Blondie, and other bands, they were often asked how to achieve their unconventional style. As a result, the girls decided to open their own boutique and so MANIC PANIC® was born on July 7, 1977.

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DLG Naturals

Dr. Georgia Duerst-Lahti’s passion for providing income for poor rural women sparked her drive for a socially responsible company.  Because her children had allergies that were attributed to highly processed foods and chemicals common to personal care products, her focus turned to healthy natural ingredients.  With a Ph.D. in political science and expertise in governmental systems, her research talents facilitated her partnerships with regional scientists.  DLG Naturals produces and supplies premium Southern African botanical oils.  

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Chella Brow

Chris Kolodziejski, Founder and CEO of Chella, graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. in Finance and went on to play professional football with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He also developed real estate in Malibu, CA, and had a career in the investment banking world.  After realizing that Baby Boomers wanted to look younger, launching a cosmetics company seemed like the natural thing to do.  Chella was founded in 2003.  After seeing where such a large focus and demand was, on eyebrows, in 2011 The Chella Brow Bar with the Chella Brow and Eye Collection was also born.  “We make women feel more beautiful.  Nothing can complete a look more powerfully than a proper brow make-over”, said Chris, “With over 100 locations nationwide and distribution in 12 countries, we have put together the definitive assortment of brow products we call Chella Brow and Eye Collection.  We provide brow services through our Chella Brow Bar locations.”  From being a southern California-based company, selling to boutiques and spas, Chella started with 5 products and has grown to over 65 products.
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Flip-It! Cap Company

Steven Epstein grew up in a family-owned manufacturing business, which included ownership of a plastic bottle blow molding operation.  After attending Tulane University, Steve began running a large contract manufacturing business located in Oklahoma.  His company blends and fills personal care, HBA, and household items for Fortune 500 clients.  His experience with bottles brought to light a common problem faced by most people who use products in bottles - it's difficult to get all the product out and throwing product out is throwing money out! Thus, Flip-It! Cap Company was born!

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At the age of fifteen, Tiffany Andersen survived a traumatic car accident that nearly left her paralyzed. Fifteen years later, after being diagnosed with Stage IV Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, she knew she had to drastically change her lifestyle. Consequently, Tiffany’s passion for skincare began
by turning these tragedies into triumphs and she began her search for
elements that would help restore her body.
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Designed in New York, amika is a professional hair care brand offering products that promote healthier hair. The amika Obliphica line of hair care, based on the Sea Buckthorn Berry, has repairing and replenishing properties. Additionally the company manufactures tools available in prints and colors inspired by runway fashions.

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Alchimie Forever

Ada Polla set out to launch her family’s Swiss-based skincare line in the U.S. to communicate her family’s passion about the science of anti-aging skincare. The inspiration behind Alchimie Forever is two-fold. It begins with taking care of one’s skin as an essential ritual instead of a chore.

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