“Hope4hope is not just about lupus and hope anymore, it's about mental illness. It's about people. Some people are starting chemo now and tag me and under there about what they're going through. It's been an amazing ride. It's not just about me; it's become about our community as well,” she shared proudly. "I don't care about how many followers you have, and I still don't know how many anybody has to be quite honest with you all.”
“They would not allow an exemption for vape shops. And we weren't allowed to vape in our shop, so we had to do testing outside. It was a real pain because it gets 110 in the summer,” said Keri.
If it is not extreme summer, it is brutal winters. It recently snowed, and the entire town shut down. Once again, it became difficult for Keri to conduct outdoor product tests.
“I decided I could either sit around and complain about the problem or I can be a part of the solution. And that's when I got involved in advocacy,” she said.
Vapum started in the wake of a rejection. Erica was working with top brands and wanted to do more for them from a marketing standpoint. Writing for a magazine was an attractive option, so she decided to apply to a well-known magazine with no success.
Battery safety is something that Peggy particularly emphasizes when she is teaching customers. This is a topic that is quickly gaining popularity and is incredibly important to highlight. 3d Vapors has a battery recycling program, and they offer discounts as an incentive for them to bring in dead batteries. Carrying and storing batteries incorrectly increases the chances of battery failure, which can cause serious injury.
In addition to becoming an entrepreneur, Monica also became an advocate for vaping rights and a voice for raising industry standards. She would like for more people, especially women, to speak up more; not only for themselves but for others as well. She wants to see more people step up to the plate and take action against the forces attempting to hinder the industry. Notably, she believes calling your local legislator is a good place to start.
“I spoke before the FDA. And I ended up flipping out. I was screaming, ‘You're killing people and you don't care’,” she said. “People need to get involved in their state. I've been in my state Rep's office so many times that she knows me. Your state representatives are supposed to care about you, but how are they going to care if they don't know your situation or don't know you? So, you walk in there and talk to them or make an appointment and go in and talk to them.”
Jennifer is ready for the challenge. For someone who never wanted to own her business, or saw herself as an entrepreneur, she has become a dominant player in the vaping industry because of her dedication, determination, and passion.