Sulphur entrepreneur recognized for small business

SULPHUR, Okla. (KXII) - "This is a problem that everybody has and it's so amazing because it's like a secret that no one ever talks about," Gina Foster said.

Meet Gina Foster, the owner and founder of the business named POCKETS.

"We make mattress pockets," Foster said. "The only sheet guaranteed not to pop off any mattress and we make them for all sizes of mattresses."

Foster says she came up with the idea in 2013 when her daughter mentioned her fitted sheets coming off the mattress at camp.

"She said I'm going to tape my sheet to my mattress cause last year every time I woke up I was peeling my face and arms from the plastic mattress," Foster said. "I'm like, whoa - you're not taking duct tape. Your mom is a problem solver, I'm going to solve her problem."

Five years later Foster along with the help of family and friends is solving the same problem for customers around the world through her online store - manufacturing the sheets in Sulphur.

"She's the greatest person and to see her be able to do this is super inspiring," Foster's daughter Laura Carter said.

The single mother of two and teacher at the Oklahoma School for the Deaf has been chosen out 1,300 people to be one of three finalist for the Ebay Shine Awards for Woman or Minority-Owned small business.

"I called all my family members, everyone that works for me," Foster said. "I'm like we did it! It was very exciting."

The awards are made to recognize small business owners across the country.

The winner is chosen by getting the most votes on the website and will receive a five thousand dollar cash prize.

"It's great to see a small business thriving and actually bringing good light to a community," Customer Kelton Sawatzky said. "It really makes you proud to be from here."

You can vote for Gina by clicking on this website, polls close Wednesday July 18:
https://ebay.promotionexpert.com/shineawards/gina-foster.html

You can check out POCKETS products here:
http://www.theoriginalpocketcompany.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html



 
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