Kim Babjak

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Kim Babjak was born to be an entrepreneur. From her childhood days of developing products, Kim has loved all aspects of business. However, the area that brings her the most joy is helping others achieve success. Armed with her dream of taking to market products she had been developing for years, Kim took a chance at becoming financially and emotionally free by starting and running her own business. She wanted to create a company that would give her the flexibility to work around her children and family, give her the freedom to make her own decisions, and help other entrepreneur's achieve the type of success she had. "I want to make people's lives easier, and that is just what I am doing" said Kim. Along the way, Kim encountered many obstacles, and through her perseverance, is now the owner of a highly successful company whose consumer products sold on QVC America, QVC UK, Wal-Mart, Walgreen's and large catalogs internationally. Kim is thrilled to take the experience and knowledge she has gained from starting and running her business, and now share it with others. Kim provides guidance and resources in the areas of product development, offshore manufacturing, importing and QVC consulting. This highly energetic and personable entrepreneur is helping create the "American Dream, one Dreamer at a time!"Since launching her company in 1998, Kim Babjak of KimCo LLC, has been living her "American Dream" of success. While wearing many hats like mother, entrepreneur, business woman, author, speaker and QVC agent, Kim has designed and taken to market many of the consumer products she has designed over the years. Her struggles and hurdles in the process have compelled her to develop a unique consulting program that helps entrepreneurs with finding, then living their own "American Dream." KimCo's new venture helps entrepreneurs get their products seen by millions on QVC or HSN, idea to paper product development, product prototyping and overseas manufacturing. Always Dream Big! Kim's four reason why she works so hard ! ""
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Selling to Wal-Mart: The Do’s and the Dont’s

After returning from Bentonville last week, I realized what I had just done was the most exciting thing an inventor/entrepreneur could ever do. Walk the hallways of the buying office at the headquarters of Wal-Mart.... The blue and gray walls signify America, and the American dream of most product developers; to place their products into...
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Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo & Conference, You gotta go!

Want to start your specialty product business this year? Then you MUST attend the (SPREE) Specialty Retail Entrepreneur Expo & Conference. Be part of the world's largest event for the $12 billion specialty retail industry! No matter if you are a retailer, or prospective entrepreneur looking for the newest concepts, or interested in starting  or...
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Inventor on TV! How She Got on the NBC Today Show

My very dear friend and client Kathy Lancaster, is appearing on TV! The Today Show, specifically, with Kathy Lee Gifford at 10 AM EST with her amazing fashion accessory Kapelli Ear Covers! How did she do it? Kathy and I have been working on her manufacturing project for one year now, and her shipment of...
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NEW Military Home Shopping Channel to Launch!

What will help products reach MILLIONS of consumers? T.V. of course! The Military Shopping Channel (MSC) will be a fabulous new shopping model that will have access to over 12+ MILLION active duty and retired military personnel, and their families. Holy Toledo! After returning from Tampa, and visiting with Shark Tank's Kevin Harrington, I am...
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4 Smart & Sensible Marketing Tips for 2010!

Are your eyes much bigger than your wallet, or your ability to focus and execute effective marketing in 2010? Has your New Year’s Resolutions come and gone already? How can you ensure you’re not biting off more than you can chew with your aspirations and actions?   Here are four tips that you can apply to...
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Retail Product Placement in 2010-What to Expect!

Ask yourself; what will draw consumers to buy your products in 2010? The combination of speed to market and innovation is more and more important in this slumping retail landscape. Product developers need to have the consumer in mind now a days, and in the far future, when they are developing and bringing to market...
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Powerful Partnerships!

As a retail product expert, and working with the industry leaders in the field of placing products on retailer’s shelves (or on TV), I am honored to be partnering up with one of those industries experts - Jim DeBetta. Jim and I have decided to join forces to help budding entrepreneurs get the education and connections necessary...
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1..2..3..Go Shopping!

EVERYONE! Please go do some shopping….. There is a bit of good news about shopping habits, amongst all the terrible news being reported about this horrific economy. Consumers are longing to go shopping, and retailers want to re-stock their shelves. However, both are afraid to “Just Do It”; make the first recovery move….. The fear...
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I have a Product Idea- Now what?

Every time I tell people what I do as a Product Agent, and then start describing that I search for products for QVC, TV and retail product placement, inevitably 90% say, “Oh, I have a product idea, I just do not know what to do with it.” It never fails, ever. Then I start telling them...
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Your Product + QVC = $$ MILLIONS $$

    The fastest ways to bring your product to market is to get it on QVC!  The best, and fastest, way to do that is hire a QVC agent! What is a QVC Agent? A QVC Agent is an independent person, or group, that can get your product or new invention in front of a...
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Surviving a layoff….even if it is NOT you!

  As the wife of a laid off aerospace engineer, I can tell you that the devastating effects of losing a job are lateral, affects everyone and difficult to deal with! After kissing my husband goodbye one day, and leaving our home together; he went his way to work, and I went out running errands....
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Target is re-branding to “Real MOMS”…..Bye-Bye Bullseye!

Is that bull’s-eye logo going bye-bye to survive the Wal-Mart effect? What does Wal-Mart know that may save business everywhere? Is it true- is Target steering away from their famous Bullseye logo? Since March of 2009, they have been pulling it to implement an ARROW; that is being targeted right to “Real MOMs” and how they...
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British Airways “Face of Opportunity” winner shares experience!

Un-freaking-believable! Is the first word that comes to mind when I think of the exciting- around the world- trip that I just went on with SUN’s Rich Sloan, and 100 other "Face of Opportunity" contestant winners! I really never win anything, I am however, very lucky and blessed! I submitted my essay of why I...
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The OPRAH…effect!

While home this weekend recovering from dental surgery, I watched an interesting segment on MSNBC about the Oprah effect.. The hour program was about what it meant for your product to get onto Oprah's most liked product list. If you ever doubted that getting on Oprah could help you become an overnight success..... you are...
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Outsourcing products to China…Q & A with an expert!

I have compiled the most frequently asked questions that I have recieved over the years from clients about outsourcing to Asia.  It is my goal to educate you in your quest for manufacturing/outsourcing your products abroad. Education and knowledge is your first defense aganist being "taken" and having a "bad experience!" Here goes! Q. Why do...
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Managing a mommy business…with 5 simple steps!

We are women. Watch us Manage! I have people ask me, usually men, how do you do it all? How do you take care of the family, and your business, and be so management oriented?  Did you study business management in college, get an MBA? No sir, I did not even finish high school. I...
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The CLOSER!

Yes, it is hard to admit that I am not a good deal CLOSER! I was having lunch with my fabulous business partner Brenda today, and her wonderful husband Tom. I was complaining to them both that I seem to be having a hard time communicating with my clients, and how I was getting frustrated...
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Mass Retailers gone….MEDICAL?

While you would expect to drive down the street and see a hospital or urgent care facility in your own neighborhood; would you expect to see a medi-clinic in your local Wal-Mart?  Mass retailers like Wal-Mart and CVS drug stores have been in the medi-clinic business? Move over Mc Donald's! Why not? In this economy,...
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Lights…Camera…Action! Calling all MOM Inventors…

Want your 15 minutes of fame? Do you have an invention that can sell on HSN, in front of millions of people? You may just have the opportunity to be a star and get your invention on TV. Kelly Ripa, from Regis and Kelly, has teamed up with HSN to seek out the next big "mommy...
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Patience…is it a virtue or an obligation?

Now, I will tell you that I myself would have probably taken the lady aside and, well let's say be frank about her behavior.  However, the young woman that she was assaulting was very hospitable to this cranky woman. So, I guess I have to practice what I preach also.....huh? I was eating breakfast with...