Mother and daughter duo, Amy Leinbach and Marlo Leinbach, pitched their art supply organizer during
If you’re short on time, here’s a quick overview of what happened to Big Bee, Little Bee after
Amy Leinbach and her young daughter Marlo Leinbach, appeared on
Shark Tank Big Bee, Little Bee Update
- Entrepreneurs: Amy Leinbach and Marlo Leinbach
- Business: Marker holder
- Ask: $100,000 for 20% equity
- Result: No deal
- Sharks: None
Amy Leinbach, and her 7 1/2 year old daughter Marlo, entered the tank in matching overalls, ready to present Marlo’s invention to the sharks. Their company Big Bee, Little Bee, produces a marker holder called the ‘Marker Parker’, designed by the blooming artist.
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Amy explains that the Marker Parker helps to solve the problem of messiness during art time for kids. Typically, markers roll off the table, and caps don’t always get put back onto the markers.
This causes them to dry out quickly, eventually ending up in the garbage. However, the Marker Parker allows kids to keep their markers in one place, neatly organized.
You basically just place the marker, cap side down, into the honeycomb shape pockets, which firmly hold the marker. Then, the child pulls the marker out, but the cap remains in the holder.
Big Bee, Little Bee has several products like cleanable straws, and scrub brushes, but the main product they are promoting to the sharks is the Marker Parker. The product unit costs $2.71 for the company to produce, but sells at a price point of $15.
Big Bee, Little Bee’s lifetime sales generated more than $200,000, but it was mostly carried by the unique cleansing scrubber. New products were also in the pipeline, and Amy and Marlo pledged that they would be a part of the business that is being pitched to the sharks as well.
In the year prior, they were only profitable about $2200, and in the year of filming, they are losing thousands of dollars. However, Amy explains that her parents encouraged her to go into business when she was scared, so she has sacrificed to do the same for her daughter, no matter the cost.
Kevin O’Leary brought up a few of the financial problems with the business, particularly that it was not generating a net profit in recent years. For that reason, he dropped out.
At this point in the pitch, Amy and Marlo share that their next product is a silicone sandwich holder. However, Mark Cuban jumps in and says that the pair have ‘inventor-itis’, and eventually goes out too.
Lori Greiner loves that Amy is encouraging her daughter to be an entrepreneur at such a young age, although, she is concerned that they have too many products. She is out next.
Guest shark Emma Grede agrees with Lori’s sentiments, and also goes out.
Last but not least, Robert Herjavec adds that he was going to make an offer, until he learned of the other products. He would have liked to see them just focused on the Marker Parker, so for that reason, he too is out.
With all the sharks dropping out, what happened to the company following
Our Big Bee, Little Bee update reveals good news for the company. Despite not getting a deal on
We recently caught up with Amy to get an after
She said, “Having such a unique experience with Marlo. I felt such immense pride showing her invention to the world.”
Amy continued, “Standing next to her watching her shine was pure joy. And the fact that she will always know her mommy knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that she’d be her authentic, confident, radiant self in front of millions.”
We then asked Amy how being on the show, has helped business. She shared, “Hard to quantify, but being “As Seen On” has opened doors. It’s great to throw in there when someone doesn’t initially seem interested in your business.”
Big Bee, Little Bee has continued to grow, and enjoys positive product reviews on both Amazon, and their company website.
To see all that they offer, check out the Big Bee, Little Bee website.
We can’t wait to see what product Amy and Marlo come up with next, and share it in a future Big Bee, Little Bee update!
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