Invention nets business grant for Mission couple


POSTED: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 3:27pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 7:18am

If you've ever cut yourself in the kitchen, the Shipp family is hoping you'll want to buy their product.  

Jennifer and Sam Shipp live in Mission.  They just got a $10,000 small business grant from the city to help bring the Knife Glider to market.  

The Knife Glider helps protect hands from kitchen blades.  It was born after Jennifer cut herself one too many times.  

"I said Sam, there's got to be a better way to do this.  There has to be a product out there," Jennifer said in a refrain reminiscent of infomercials.  

The Shipps have a patent pending on the design.  And after the contract with the city is complete, they can get their grant funds.  Right now, they're making prototypes out of a mold Sam made right in their backyard.  They hope to use the grant funds to make a professional prototype and manufacture it in the Rio Grande Valley.  

"We're trying to keep everything local," Sam said. "Here in the Valley or as close as possible.  We really believe in keeping it here in the community."   

In this partnership, Jennifer does the selling and Sam the production.  In the short term, they hope to have their product on infomercials and hopefully sometime on store shelves.  

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