Why American Made Matters To Bear Paw Creek
As a proud supporter for American Made Matters and their efforts to promote products made in America I would like to share a bit about why buying American made is important to me. Directly from the American Made Matters site:
By spreading the word about these businesses and products, the American dream is being strengthened more and more. AMM’s website is steadily growing and offering a widening selection of products and services. The merchants listed on the site sell boots, clothing, tools, alcohol, luggage, jewelry, and art, just to name a few. Services you can find include printing, website and graphic design, accounting, consulting, video production, and financial services. American Made Matters makes it much easier to get connected with the terrific American entities that offer these goods and services.
Buying American helps the nation by:
- Stopping the rapid decline of manufacturing jobs in America.
- Promoting national security.
- Building a better future for our children.
- Protecting our environment.
Bear Paw Creek’s Story
Founder of Bear Paw Creek, Janet Stephens, has been creating and designing creative movement props, musical instrument cases, and storage bags since 2000. What started out as a demand from music therapists, has grown to also fill a need for early childhood educators, librarians, music educators, eldercare, activity directors, and parents.
In 2012, Janet received a phone call from her longest wholesale customer saying they were going to be getting the stretchy band and hoop streamers manufactured somewhere else. With one phone call, half of her business was put at jeopardy. Through some phone calls, it was determined that there had been some misunderstanding about the products, and an agreement was made to come back to Bear Paw Creek once they were through the products they had purchased from overseas. This process took several years.
This experience could have resulted in the close of another USA based manufacturer. Instead, it became the fuel to rise above, enter new markets, and gain new wholesale customers. Janet also became passionate about learning more about USA based manufacturing and intentional about purchasing USA based supplies, whenever possible.
American Made Matters mission speaks directly to her heart, and she has been a proud member since 2012. She continues to strive to purchase American made materials and supplies whenever possible. She has a dream to have 100% of her products made with 100% American made materials. Currently there is one product, the Q Chord Gig Bag that is 95% made with USA materials. Their scarf line and chiffon streamers are 100% USA made and manufactured. 100% of the making of Bear Paw Creek products takes place in Missouri, USA by Janet, and her team of contract sewers.