Karen Bell started her business, Hippy Sister Soap Company, LLC, in May 2016. In 2017 she participated in the “It’s Your Time” program, an entrepreneurial training program for women offered by Coachella Valley Women’s Business Center (CVWBC).
Karen, a former business owner with a background in nursing, spent many hours researching her product line of elegant, hand-made soaps and various skincare products made with organic, naturally-sourced ingredients.
Hippy Sister Soap Company products can now be found in spas, hotels, gift packages for major events, and even large resorts and country clubs. The products are sold online, in retail stores, and custom-made for events such as the BNP Paribas Open.
Karen attributes much of her success to the Coachella Valley Women’s Business Center. With a $55,0000 owner’s cash injection, she has parlayed her business far beyond her initial five-year goal of $60,000 to a projected year two gross to exceed six figures.
As her business continues to grow, Karen relies on contract labor but anticipates hiring two full-time employees by the end of 2018.