NetworkingStar has been graced with a look behind the scenes of the newest direct sales jewelry company, bamboopink. This latest company comes to you out of Irvine, California, a location known as a hub for marketing and networking activity.
bamboopink by JudeFrances was founded in October of 2010 and is already expecting to launch in two weeks. This woman-owned and operated company has been founded by 3 friends, Jude Steele, Frances Gadbois, and Debbie Millar. If you’re from the area or just like jewelry and fancy houses, you may recognize their names. Jude and Frances are minds behind JudeFrances Jewelry and Debbie has been in real estate for 14 years.
Jude and Frances already make jewelry that you may have seen at top notch stores such as Neiman Marcus, YLANG-YLANG, and Saks Fifth Avenue; generally sitting pretty at $1,000 or more. The ladies decided to find a way to market their jewelry to everyone using direct sales. Jude and Frances brought their idea to Debbie; as she had been in the direct sales industry for a number of years.
The three entrepreneurs got together and came up with a new line of jewelry that could be affordable for anyone, created a compensation plan, and came up with a name. You’re probably wondering, as I was, how they came up with a name like bamboopink. I asked Debbie to explain the meaning behind the name.
“We had a lot of words and looked at the etymology of all of them and they all had pink in them. To us, pink represents women, soft, it represents what we’re all about. Bamboo is strong, prosperous, and fast growing.”
Debbie explained that bamboopink fit well with their core values: strength, integrity, creativity. Even though the name and reason behind the name implies women, the company is very much open to male distributors as well so don’t feel unwelcome if you’re a man looking for a new opportunity.
bamboopink chose the direct sales platform to give women and men alike the opportunity to work from home, be their own boss, own their own business, but not have to do it all alone. The plan behind the platform is to empower people to take control and create whatever life they want to create for themselves.
“I have seen it, first hand, change people’s lives. Change dire, desperate situations into having a renewed sense of accomplishment, self esteem.”
While JudeFrances sells high end jewelry, don’t worry because bamboopink isn’t selling cheap knock offs. They market their jewelry as fashion jewelry with some very interesting qualifications. All of their jewelry is made of brass and coated with various finishes like gold, white gold, and even Rhodium (a member of the platinum group). You won’t be wearing something that will give you hives, turn you green, or fade in the sunlight. This jewelry is the real deal – strong, elegant, and one of a kind.
In fact, all of the jewelry on the bamboopink line is made in the same factory that produces JudeFrances’. There pieces range from $19 to $100 each, currently, and are shipped in pink bags with printed ribbon and gift boxes for a complete customer experience.
“No other company has taken this nice quality of jewelry with this price point and brought it to the market. Our jewelry is sold through consultants only so there’s no retail competition.”
Another refreshing aspect of bamboopink is that consultants don’t have to carry around a giant case of product and customers don’t have to wonder how many other people have worn or tried out their purchase at previous shows. The consultant shows the jewelry she is wearing, introduces the products through the catalogue or her online store, and places orders straight on the web. No long papers to fill out, no lost order forms or illegible chicken scratches. Simple, easy, and effective.
Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what you do have to buy if you want to be a consultant and you’re not carrying around product to sell so let me give you the run down. There are 3 starter kit choices to choose from when you become a bamboopink distributor: the base collection is a jewelry box with a small collection for $245, the second option has everything in the base collection plus a little more for $495, and the Business Builder with the Couture Collection, is $995. All three kits come with jewelry, jewelry box, sales tools, and more.
bamboopink has hired on 2 trainers with more than 30 years of combined experience because they believe training is key to success. They don’t want to help their consultants become successful in business alone, their mission is to share with women by providing the opportunity to learn, financial independence, and providing opportunity for the whole person.
A consultant can also choose to have a replicated web site set up at an additional cost and all consultants are required to purchase at least $49 of product per month to ensure they have the latest styles. Prospective consultants may even be able to order at a discount when they get started and all consultants can earn up to 30% commissions on their sales.
“We want our consultants to show the newest fashion and product samples. We also provide a coaching commission for our consultants, should they decide to set up a team.”
One more thing that made us at NetworkingStar say wow is that bamboopink has already set up the bamboopink foundation for charity! The company has chosen three national charities to whom they will be donating a portion of their profits and they’re not even selling yet. The three founders were involved with local and national charities prior to this new business venture so was something important to all of them.
So, if you haven’t already, check out their website, their Twitter, and their latest press release. If you’re interested in becoming a distributor, get in contact and get on their list! With over 10,000 people already signed up (and not a dollar in start up costs collected until launch), now is the best time to get in on the ground level of this company.
Congratulations and good luck to the ladies behind bamboopink!
March 04. 2011 by Staff Writer Lacy Sereduk. NetworkingStar.com All rights reserved 2011
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