We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Leinbach and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Amy, how do you think about risk?
When it comes to my inventions and my business, I’m very comfortable taking risks. It’s something I do on a daily basis. When I spend months working on a prototype, I risk potentially losing that time if the prototype doesn’t pan out. When I file a patent application, I risk losing that money if the patent doesn’t issue. When I put a product on the market, I risk embarrassment if the product doesn’t sell. The way I see it, the only way to avoid these risks is to take no action. To let my ideas remain ideas, and not allow them to (potentially) become products. But where’s the fun in that? The key for me is to learn as I go, and continually work to minimize risks when and where I can.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
How did you get to where you are today professionally. While I think I was always meant to be an inventor and businesses owner, it took me a while to get here. I had no training in product development, I didn’t have an MBA, and I had no related experience. But after spending years following an extremely stressful career path, I decided it was time for a change. Since inventing is my happy place, I thought it might be the right time to act upon one of my ideas. Turned out to be the perfect choice for me. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? It’s hasn’t always been easy, but it’s always felt right. What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. Ask a lot of questions. Share what you learn. Collaborate. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story? Our mission is to help families decrease their reliance on single-use paper and plastic.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I don’t know what to say since I’m in Huntington Beach!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There would be no Big Bee, Little Bee without my daughter (the Little Bee!). She’s inspired all of my inventions, and her sparkle keeps me motivated to continue moving forward.

Website: bigbeelittlebee.com

Instagram: instagram.com/bigbee_lilbee/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bigbeelittlebee

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