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Sandy Maine Shares Philosophy on Grassroots Businesses and Valuing Human Resources

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  • Date Added : 6/25/2002
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Sandy Maine

  • Founder and CEO, SunFeather Natural Soap
  • female
  • Caucasian
  • 1957 (Age: 65 years old)
  • Sandy Maine - Interview - SunFeather Natural Soap
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Biography

As a young child, Sandy Maine became fascinated with soapmaking while watching her grandmother make utilitarian soap at their home in the Finger Lakes region of New York. But Sandy longed for something more than simple utilitarian soaps. So, in the late 1970's she combined her love for herbs, botanicals, essential oils, grains and other products of the Earth with soapmaking so that her soaps would be beautiful, fragrant and healthy to use. Today, Sandy and her staff of twenty produce about 4,000 pounds of soap each week in a restored turn-of-the-century pub in Potsdam, New York. Among Sandy's greatest talents is product innovation. She has invented several types of modeling soapdough for kids, teens and adults; and Sandy has added a line of decorative soap tassels to SunFeather's impressive inventory. SunFeather Natural Soap Co. is known worldwide for its dedication to quality handcrafted soaps, and for Sandy's devotion to social responsibility. Through the sale of SunFeather soaps and related gifts, Sandy tithes to more than ten humanitarian and environmental causes around the globe. Sandy maintains her license as an Adirondack Wilderness Guide so that she can treat families and groups to the beauty and peace of a wilderness experience. Throughout her career, Sandy has helped others explore soapmaking as a hobby and even as a home-based business. SunFeather is a supplier of soapmaking equipment and supplies, and Sandy has written several award-winning books with herbal soap recipes and secrets-to success. Each summer, Sandy escorts fellow soapmakers on a tour of the French countryside or to another soapmaking region in Europe. SunFeather Natural Soap Co. became a family business in 1997 when Sandy's spouse, Louis, signed on as Vice President. The couple's two young children share their parents' interest in nature, including beekeeping and exploring the Adirondack wilderness. Now in her third decade as a soapmaker, Sandy will continue to develop new soap "recipes" and more ways in which soap becomes a tactile (and sensory) experience. Sandy Maine received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York, Potsdam.

In closing, there are a few things I would like to say. One is that I feel very strongly that small grassroots business is very important for our economy and for the spirit of our people. The big box economy, like Wal-mart and all the big, big corporate marketers, are not really doing us very many...(Full transcript available to logged in subscribers.).

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Video 1 of 15 Sandy Maine Discusses The Products of SunFeather Natural Soap
  • Sandy Maine - Interview - SunFeather Natural Soap
  • 6/25/2002
  • Sandy Maine
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Video 2 of 15 Sandy Maine Discusses Founding of SunFeather Natural Soap
  • Sandy Maine - Interview - SunFeather Natural Soap
  • 6/25/2002
  • Sandy Maine
  • 1 min. 15 sec.
Video 3 of 15 Sandy Maine Shares Long-Term Vision for SunFeather Natural Soap
  • Sandy Maine - Interview - SunFeather Natural Soap
  • 6/25/2002
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  • 0 min. 59 sec.
Video 4 of 15 Sandy Maine Shares Personal Business Experiences Relevant to SunFeather Natural Soap
  • Sandy Maine - Interview - SunFeather Natural Soap
  • 6/25/2002
  • Sandy Maine
  • 1 min. 3 sec.
Video 5 of 15 Sandy Maine Shares Thoughts on Conducting Primary Market Research
  • Sandy Maine - Interview - SunFeather Natural Soap
  • 6/25/2002
  • Sandy Maine
  • 1 min. 38 sec.
Video 6 of 15 Sandy Maine Shares Thoughts on Business Planning
  • Sandy Maine - Interview - SunFeather Natural Soap
  • 6/25/2002
  • Sandy Maine
  • 2 min. 47 sec.
Video 7 of 15 Sandy Maine States Business Plans Were Used When Going After Funding
  • Sandy Maine - Interview - SunFeather Natural Soap
  • 6/25/2002
  • Sandy Maine
  • 1 min. 17 sec.
Video 8 of 15 Sandy Maine Discusses Importance of Networking
  • Sandy Maine - Interview - SunFeather Natural Soap
  • 6/25/2002
  • Sandy Maine
  • 1 min. 1 sec.
Video 9 of 15 Sandy Maine States Success Should Include Relationships and Personal Achievement
  • Sandy Maine - Interview - SunFeather Natural Soap
  • 6/25/2002
  • Sandy Maine
  • 1 min. 17 sec.
Video 10 of 15 Sandy Maine Discusses Delegation, Human Resources and Trust
  • Sandy Maine - Interview - SunFeather Natural Soap
  • 6/25/2002
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  • 2 min. 10 sec.
Video 11 of 15 Sandy Maine Shares Thoughts on Parenting
  • Sandy Maine - Interview - SunFeather Natural Soap
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Video 12 of 15 Sandy Maine Discusses Juggling Professional and Family Lives
  • Sandy Maine - Interview - SunFeather Natural Soap
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Video 13 of 15 Sandy Maine Shares Thoughts on Being an Entrepreneur
  • Sandy Maine - Interview - SunFeather Natural Soap
  • 6/25/2002
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  • 1 min. 5 sec.
Video 14 of 15 Sandy Maine Discusses Product Development
  • Sandy Maine - Interview - SunFeather Natural Soap
  • 6/25/2002
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  • 1 min. 20 sec.
Video 15 of 15 Sandy Maine Shares Philosophy on Grassroots Businesses and Valuing Human Resources
  • Sandy Maine - Interview - SunFeather Natural Soap
  • 6/25/2002
  • Sandy Maine
  • 1 min. 43 sec.

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