Meet the Card Caddy Daddy!

My name is Chris Nichols and I’m the inventor of the Card Caddy. When my step-son was around 5 years old, he was obsessed with Uno. I grew up playing card games of all sorts with my grandmother and wanted to foster that same love of cards with him. We carried around a couple of decks […]

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From idea to product

Tomorrow, I’ll have a booth set up at a local event, the Mountain Maker Fest, where I’ll show some of the steps in how I turned an idea into a product that (hopefully) you can buy in stores everywhere. So, for those of you who won’t happen to be in Accident, MD (yes, that’s really […]

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GenCon wrapup

GenCon 2016 has come and gone.  We had an exhibitor booth there and had a really great show.  Here are some  random notes, mainly from the perspective of an exhibitor, but may be helpful for general attendees, too. GenCon is the busiest show we’ve done so far. Looking back on our sales records, the longest […]

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Auditioning for Shark Tank

We’ve all seen or heard of Shark Tank, and if you’ve got a business, you may have checked out how to get on the show.  Well, on May 13, I took the first step and tried out for the show.  I’ll break down my audition process here. I’ve been on the fence about whether I would […]

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Feel lucky, punk?

Before I had my own product to sell, I would always inwardly roll my eyes at how marketing campaigns are always themed around the current holiday or season regardless of whether there was any connection.  “What does President’s Day have to do with furniture?” I’d think when looking at the newspaper in February. Well, not […]

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New York Toy Fair recap

Whew!  Now that the Toy Fair is over, the real work begins!  It was an overwhelming experience, but in a good way.  Here’s a brief recap and possibly some nuggets of advice if you’re going to attend next year for the first time. (I’m mainly writing them down so I don’t forget!) I brought my […]

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