Welcome to the Heller chapter of Net Impact!
We have kicked off this year by planning several events for the next year, and elected our officers to help with planning and operations for these exciting events.
Please welcome our new officers:
Co-Presidents: Kalee Ijames and Pallavee Panchal
Vice President: Melanie Morris
Events Chairs: Alex Smith, Andrea Hayes, Lauren Kayserman, and Meadow Didier
Communication Chairs: Jamie Hennick and Becca Sliwoski
Marketing: Dan McConvey and Lisa Thirer
Our First Event
On Thursday, November 6th, Rohit Kumar, founder of Brush With Bamboo, held a Skype talk with Heller’s Net Impact. As the founder of a company that created the first bamboo, nearly 100% biodegradable toothbrush in America, he spoke of his passion for undoing the American dependence on plastic. After a short story about his desire for an eco-friendly toothbrush, and being unable to locate one in his local health food store, Rohit set out on a journey to make connections, network with the right people, and build a production chain that brings his bamboo toothbrushes to select stores in the US. He spoke to Net Impact about the challenges he faced while building his idea into a company, getting it off the ground, promoting his product, and ultimately all the daily challenges he faces in keeping his product on the market and expanding his customer base. Rohit’s dream for Brush With Bamboo is to bring production to the US, build a 100% biodegradable toothbrush, and bring prices down so everyone can afford this better alternative to synthetic plastic toothbrushes.
Takeaway: Get started on your dream and don’t let imperfection keep you down.