Monday, March 10, 2008

Meet Julia Rhodes

Julia M. Rhodes is President of KleenSlate Concepts, a successful international product development company she founded in 2001. Julia invented, patented, manufactured, marketed and distributed her first product: The KleenSlate Attachable Eraser for
Dry-erase Markers. She single handedly landed contracts with both Office Depot and Staples and understands what it takes to "do business with the Big Boys.” In the past seven years she has built a thriving company with a growing line of award-winning dry-erase products.

Building a business from an idea for a product requires a can-do attitude, which is reinforced by Julia’s growing success, and she is generous in her desire to share this information with others just starting out in business. Invention is just the first step in product development and her passion is supporting other inventors in understanding the steps required for taking an idea and making it a reality. A former school teacher, Julia’s dedicated to improving education, and all her products are designed to be of the highest quality and employ creative approaches to communication both in and out of the classroom. Her newest product, KwikChek II just won the prestigious award, “Teachers’ Choice 2008” from Learning Magazine. She is constantly engaged in crafting new educational products to expand her current offerings and is also working on her first book – “The Right Sisters: Modern Day Women Inventors,” which she hopes will inspire young adults to pursue their passions and believe in their ideas.

Julia is a member of the Women’s Enterprise Business National Council (WEBNC) and serves on the Certification Committee through WBENC’s affiliate, Astra. She also is a member of National Association for Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and National Supply and School Equipment (NSSEA). Julia also serves on the Board of Alliance Small Valley Business Development Center (SBDC), A Hand Up Coaching (AHUC) and is an active member of the United Inventors Association (UIA) her local Economic Development Company (EDC) and recently joined Toastmasters.

Julia’s success has been recognized in two books, “Women Who Pave The Way” by Elizabeth Kearney, PhD, and “Breaking Through: Creating Opportunities for America’s Women and Minority-Owned Businesses” and by Susan Phillips Bari. Julia was recently honored with WBENC’s “Business Star 2007” and is a highly sought after speaker and teacher on inventing, innovation and entrepreneurialism. She was the keynote speaker at both the 2006 Northern Plains Inventors Congress, sponsored and hosted by Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota and Senator Mike Enzi’s Inventor’s Conference in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Julia has also been featured on radio and television, most notably The Entrepreneur Hour Radio Show and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

For a personal interview or to request a speaking engagement call KleenSlate Concepts at (866) 313-7273 or visti her online at

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