A Michigan mom of two, Karen Smoots needed a solution for the wet winter gear that never seemed to dry out no matter what method she used. Through creativity, enthusiasm, a supportive network and a commitment to Michigan manufacturing, Karen invented the GreenGloveDryer — a favorite for any outdoorsy family.

To turn her invention into a reality, Karen first turned the Western Michigan University Innovation Center and the Michigan Small Business Development Center, which helped her finalize her business plan and make additional connections to get her product manufactured in West Michigan. Above all else, Karen says Michigan’s robust value chain, manufacturing assets and state-wide support for innovators like herself are what sets the state apart from others in the nation.

“No other state supports innovation and entrepreneurs like Michigan,” she said.

For more information, visit the GreenGloveDryer's website.

GreenGloveDryer is part of MEDC’s Entrepreneurs in Elevators video series that follows serial entrepreneur and innovator, David Ollila as he connects with some of the most passionate entrepreneurs and innovative companies across Michigan. Follow along with the series to hear their stories of trials and triumphs, and learn about the ecosystem in the state that allowed them to bring their ideas to life. Contact the MEDC Entrepreneurship and Innovation team to learn more about entrepreneurial opportunities in Michigan and to gain access to valuable business resources.