We are so excited to share our next “Planner-preneur” with you! In this ongoing series, we share an inside look at people from our community that have poured all their creativity and inspiration into a “planner-related” entrepreneurial venture. This month we are talking to Cymone Turner, founder of @stickeysco
During the pandemic, while still in grad school and working from home in the IT industry, Cymone turned to sticky notes that she had on hand as a way to incorporate positive affirmations into her daily life. She would write encouraging notes to herself and place them around the house. It became a means of self-care during a very difficult time. But, she quickly realized she wanted more than the basic colors options available.
As a self-confessed office supplies nerd and paper lover, Cymone knew that designing her own line of sticky notes that would help uplift others was the way to go. She teamed up with her fiancé and even put her family and network of friends to work. In one year, she developed a business plan, designed and manufactured products, built her own website, reached out to influencers, started social accounts, filmed a commercial and launched SticKeys Co. Her passion to “inspire, create and celebrate” has been her driving force throughout the entire time and is the mission of the brand. She is dedicated to creating products and building an inclusive company that brings love, light, joy and order to the world.
In just a short time, Cymone’s journey is already so inspiring. We had a chance to connect with her and talk about all things business and what’s coming for SticKeys Co. Listen to our chat below:
sticKey Co. PRODUCTS
Every aspect of the SticKeys Co. brand is planned with intention, especially the products. When designing their first collection of sticKey notes, Cymone turned to graphic designers and artists within the black art community to help support and bring awareness to their creativity. The brand logo and art was also created by her brother, who is an up and coming graphic artist. Each new sticKeys Co. release features unique designs that are decorative, functional and filled with purpose. In fact, their recent limited edition, Juneteenth collection was a complete sell out. There are new collections being released all the time, stay tuned for the next release on July 24th
Although sticky notes are the main product focus, Cymone definitely has goals of expanding to other sticky related products. In fact, the company recently introduced a collection of vinyl sticKers that feature inspirational messages.
Since the launch in May 2021, Cymone has been working hard not only to expand the company but also put programs in place that help give back and inspire others everyday. The launch of the SticKeys Co. Affiliate Program and Back To School Scholarship are recent examples of how the company is staying on track with their mission.
The SticKeys Co. Affiliate Program is designed to give influencers and content creators the opportunity to work with the brand and be compensated for their work. The program is open to creators from inclusive backgrounds and doesn’t have minimum metric (followers, etc) requirements to apply. Cymone feels strongly about building relationships with content creators that want to become a part of the SticKeys Co family and share in their mission. For more information about the program, visit the website here.
BACK TO SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP
The Back To School Scholarship is based on academic achievement of students within three grade levels, including high school, undergraduate and graduate. One student at each grade level (three total) will be selected to receive $1,000 scholarship fund from SticKeys Co. that can be used to help further education. The deadline to enter is August 1, 2021 and awards will be given in September. Visit the website to apply and get more information.
Some exciting things are coming in the near future for Stickeys Co.! The company has started taking bulk order requests for retail stores and universities. In fact, Cymone has shared that SticKeys Co. products will be coming to Erin Condren retail stores this summer. The Erin Condren company has been expanding their support and give back programs with various artists and business as part of their diversity and inclusion initiatives.