HUGHESVILLE, PA─ Pennsylvania start-up company—Upper Desk, Inc. is chasing the American Dream. With a “work hard, dream big” mentality, the Upper Desk team is preparing to roll-out its award winning product—Upper Desk’s Portable Tablet Mount for Cabinets (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prWjyUTG6Mo) across the nation in 205 Sam’s Club locations.
“We couldn’t be more excited,” says the product inventor, Roderick Phillips, Hughesville, PA. The opportunity is part of Sam’s Club’s 2nd Annual 30 Minutes to Win It program—an innovative initiative that brings new, exciting, quality products to club locations. “The program demonstrates Sam’s support of small businesses and its dedication to delivering value driven choices to its members,” says Phillips. “We are honored for the opportunity to be part of that.”
Together, with his daughter, Stephanie Phillips-Taggart, and Upper Desk CEO, Matthew Fidler, the team has successfully transformed an idea into a retail ready product that has received international, national and local innovation awards. Most recently, the company was nominated for a 2015 PA Small Business Impact Award.
“Our success has been a team effort,” says Phillips-Taggart. “Not only have we counted on each other during this entrepreneurial journey, but we have turned to Pennsylvania resources for guidance.” Both Bucknell University’s Small Business Development Center, Lewisburg, and the Innovative Manufacturers’ Center, Williamsport, have been instrumental in assisting the start-up company.
“From patent searches, to engineering and product development, both institutions have given Upper Desk critical guidance to grow and succeed,” says Phillips.
Upper Desk’s Sam’s Club pallet skirt displays will proudly boast the PA Small Business Impact Nomination logo along with other award logos—including the National Hardware Show’s Gold Innovation Award, an International Home and Housewares Association Innovation Finalist Award, and a New Product Development Award from Bucknell University’s Small Business Development Center.
“The Sam’s Club opportunity, did not come over night,” says Phillips. “It has taken a lot of hard work and support from our Pennsylvania partners. I can’t say enough good things about Bucknell’s SBDC and IMC. They give small companies the fuel to keep chasing the dream.”
For more information, visit http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/09/prweb12965434.htm, http://www.susquehannalife.com/2015/06/18/75694/every-day-is-father-s-day and www.upperdesk.com.