Why Small Business is Making America Great Again
I’m just one American — a single mom in Dallas with two autistic sons growing a new business that makes designer sinks in fashion-forward colors. When I started Whyte & Company earlier this year, I assumed that my best rates for production were outside the borders of the United States, and from a cost perspective, I was right. However, what I didn’t account for were things that cannot be purchased: integrity, commitment to quality, and partners that genuinely cared about my company’s success as much as they did about me as a person. These are the reasons why I chose to manufacture in the U.S., and why it makes me proud to be creating something truly American.
Like many of the millions of small businesses in the U.S. that make up half of the economic GDP, I don’t have an entire team of finance guys arguing against my decision to “sacrifice” the small profit margin to produce in this country. Instead, I have a few committed business partners who see the advanced quality of the product made by the hard working men and women at U.S. our manufacturing facilities as a benefit we offer our customers. This year has taught me a lot about the people that work inside of the manufacturing world in this country from coast to coast and, coming from a digital marketing background, it was eye-opening to see the level of craftsmanship still carried on by talented Americans.
As a small American manufacturer, I’m now in a unique position to not only help create jobs in this country and put money back into our economy, but to create a product that other countries are interested in importing. When I got my first call from a company overseas who saw us on Instagram and was looking to place an order, that’s when it really set in that, “Made in America” still means something here in the U.S., as well as abroad.
During this election season, it’s been impossible to not pay attention when the candidates running for office talk about how small business plays into the economy from different perspectives. But truly, all I could think about was my own experience this year building a small business in partnership with other small businesses and that was this: We are already making America great again, one transaction at a time.
About Kim Vance and Whyte & Company
Based in Dallas, Whyte & Company is a sink manufacturing company on a mission to help designers, architects, and homeowners rediscover the joy of color. With a standard offering of more than 30 exciting colors, their handmade stone composite sinks bring a fresh look to bathrooms, kitchens, bar/prep areas, and laundry rooms. Kim Vance, a graduate of Baylor University (BBA, Marketing) and the University of Texas at Dallas (MBA) is a seasoned marketing executive that founded Whyte & Company with a goal to add a new element of design while changing the face of plumbing for residential and commercial spaces. Learn more about the company and their product line at whyteandcompany.com.