Cynthia Wylie

  Cynthia Wylie is a hard-driving entrepreneur with a successful track record. She was raised on a farm which taught her the habit of hard work from an early age. Her recent startup, Bloomers Island has become the standard bearer brand for children to live healthier lives and make healthier food choices as well as inspire in them a love of gardening and nature. She has received two patents on her seed starters, SeedPops which have been sold in over 5,000 stores in North America including Target, Nordstrom and Costco Canada. The first five books of her nine-book series have been published with Rodale Kids, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Previous companies where she was a partner/co-founder include X-Large Clothing, the seminal streetwear brand, and Maui Toys, the activity toy company recently sold to Jakks Pacific. In addition to starting and selling companies, Ms. Wylie does business consulting with The Project Consultant. She focuses on raising money, turnaround actions, and strategic and tactical planning in operations for small manufacturers. She is a founding member of the Startup Founds Group in Silicon Beach, a group designed to process issues and problems that all startups inevitably face. She started her career in Investment Banking writing private placement memorandums and developed an expertise in helping companies to raise money, including over $1 million in seed capital for her latest company. Her B.S. degree is in agriculture from Pennsylvania State University and she has an M.A. in economics from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. She is the part-owner of her family farm in Western Pennsylvania. She raised four children and loves writing, reading, learning foreign languages, and growing plants and companies.

 



24 Stories by Cynthia Wylie

A Brilliant Pro and Con List

Pros and Cons. Probably the most used method to decide between two different courses of action: Should I start a business or not? Should...
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Become a Better Risk Taker with This Simple Method

The legendary race car driver, Mario Andretti famously said, “If you’re in control, you’re not going fast enough.”  This little piece of brilliance gives...
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The Dynamic Factors Shaping Sales: Trends, Styles, and Consumer Desires

Common business problem number 8: market changes I spent most of my career in the consumer products industry, namely in clothing, toys and seed...
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Change Your Algorithms. Solve Your Problems.

Sometimes your challenges, be they losing money in a particular department or trying to improve your hiring processes can be easily solved by creating...
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The Wisdom of Your Crowd

Best Use: Increase the accuracy of any forecast. In 1906, Francis Galton discovered what we now call, the wisdom of crowds. At a farmers’...
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A Concept from Quantum Physics Can Improve Your Operations

Best Use: Improving efficiency of processes If you are stumbling down a dark alley and see a guy about to kill another guy, and...
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The Problem You Think You Have is Often Not Your Problem

What are the biggest challenges you are facing in your business right now? I just posted this question on a small business group I’m a...
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The Power of “21 Reasons” to Accomplish Your Goals

He was running out of time. Our client’s warehouse was in a rustbelt town, he needed to sell it and no one was rushing...
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The Problem You Think You Have is Often Not Your Problem

What are the biggest challenges you are facing in your business right now? I just posted this question on a small business group that I’m...
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Lack of Working Capital Can Bankrupt Your Startup

… even if you are making a profit. Working Capital is the lifeblood for most businesses. It can make the difference between surviving and...
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Sorry, Greedy Rich Guys

We Need to Raise Your Taxes in Order to Tackle Inflation Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest and second richest men, respectively,...
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Let’s Regulate the Over 10,000 Active Cryptocurrencies

As a rule, I’m loath to suggest more regulations on anything. But in this case, I really think it would make the currencies more...
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