Small Business Success Story: Beach Pockets

Bored at the shore, a former dental hygienist launches a booming beach business.

(Image credit: ©Gina LeVay 2013)

Kiplinger's spoke with Barbara Bigford, 58, of Paoli, Pa., about what inspired her to invent Beach Pockets, which are anchors for beach umbrellas. The dental hygienist-turned-entrepreneur has made more than one million dollars in sales since creating the product in 2001. Here are excerpts from our interview:

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Patricia Mertz Esswein
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Esswein joined Kiplinger in May 1984 as director of special publications and managing editor of Kiplinger Books. In 2004, she began covering real estate for Kiplinger's Personal Finance, writing about the housing market, buying and selling a home, getting a mortgage, and home improvement. Prior to joining Kiplinger, Esswein wrote and edited for Empire Sports, a monthly magazine covering sports and recreation in upstate New York. She holds a BA degree from Gustavus Adolphus College, in St. Peter, Minn., and an MA in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University.