If you hear “Let’s get naked” and think “unpainted nails,” Ana Seidel is talking to you.
Ana and her husband, Cory Seidel, are owners of Finely Finished LLC, which includes an online store for nail and skin care products, a quarterly nail care magazine, a blog focused on nail art and another blog for nail care advice. Business is booming, largely because of Ana’s adept use of social media and her “get naked” challenge.
Over 1,500 Washington State businesses directly contract with the Department of Defense (DoD). Many more are first, second and third tier suppliers. And over $7.3 billion in contracts went to Washington based firms in 2013.
Ice Chips employs 34 people and anticipates “adding to their roster” once the move is complete. “When we move, our first priority will be production, but we have hopes to add a retail outlet as well,” said Charlotte, providing an example of how the two are always looking for expansion opportunities. “The grannies are not moving to our new space to settle into rocking chairs. We are moving in to blast off!” Bev added, “We expect our sales to grow six-fold with our move. This is a monumental leap.”
Thurston County and Olympia, especially, are carving out a new, sleeker image as a place for building — or rebuilding.
Cases in point: Ice Chips, the Yelm-based small business that found success on the television program “Shark Tank” a few years ago, is expanding into a 20,000-plus square foot Tumwater site by the airport.