The U.S. Small Business Administration recently selected Amber Malcom, owner and founder of Shabby Chick, for its Entrepreneurial Success Award. The award, which will be presented to Malcom at the State Capitol on May 9th, acknowledges her ability to successfully manage and operate a small business.
From its start in a farmhouse kitchen, the business quickly grew into a manufacturing facility. The Duncan-based business now has safe, effective all natural cleaning products sold in over 40 stores in five states. The company has experienced many exciting opportunities, including features on the Home Shopping Network. Malcom took Shabby Chick to the International Home and Housewares show in Chicago and the international interest was phenomenal. So much so, that the Oklahoma Department of Commerce awarded the business with a scholarship to ExporTech, a fast track program for exporting.
Malcom holds a Bachelor of Psychology from Oklahoma University in Norman and received her Law Degree from Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City in 2006. She attended the Marion Military Institute and served with the US Air Force Reserves.
“When we thought of a deserving woman-owned business to nominate for the SBA Entrepreneurial Success Award, Amber with Shabby Chick is one of the first clients that came to mind,” said Jennifer Edwards, REI Women’s Business Center Program Manager. “Her passion and drive have propelled the growth of her business. It’s been a treat to witness her success and support Amber along her entrepreneurial journey. We couldn’t be more excited that she’s receiving this award. Not only do we look forward to celebrating the accomplishment with her- we eagerly anticipate where she’ll take the business next!”
Malcom has utilized training events and resources, networking opportunities, and marketing assistance through REI’s Women’s Business Center. Amber has received additional in-depth training from WBC partnered events such as GrowOK and ExtraBold Sales training held in conjunction with i2E and other partner entities. Shabby Chick also won the 2017 Oklahoma InnovateHER Challenge, hosted by REI Women’s Business Center, and received business guidance through that process.
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