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O U R L I V E S Serial Entrepreneur I always have an idea up my sleeve! ABOUT ME: ANNE BREWER FOUNDER /DIRECTOR OF SALES AT WALL ABOX Ask any of my friends and they will tell you I always have an idea up my sleeve. I'm what you call a "serial entrepreneur." As a military spouse for 28 years I have always had to invent forms of supplemental income while rais- ing three children. I have done everything from home-based parties to selling souvenirs out of my van to even owning two retail stores at the same time. I was managing the staff, inventory and sales, as well as carpool, ten- nis matches, lacrosse practices and making sure to keep family first. I have always supported my husband and have a deep appreciation for his desire to defend our nation. In turn, he has a deep appreciation for my de- sire to feed my entrepreneurial spirit. My kids have been a great help also. I feel it is healthy and important for kids to be involved in your journey, no mat- ter what that may be. They have been first-hand witnesses to the trials and tribulations of military life and the entrepreneurial life. They appreciate the importance of mutual support and the concept of "it takes a village." Photos provided by Anne Brewer MY PRODUCT JOURNEY: Almost daily a new business or product idea comes to me; however, implementing those ideas and see- ing them through from vision to prototype to proof of concept to product development, marketing and sales is a whole different story. It's surprising to me how many people say "Wow, you invented Wallabox, that's so cool!" They'll tell me, "I've had so many ideas but just don't know how to launch them." I'm a big believer of just going for it or you will never know! I've thought of many ideas and didn't pursue them and now have literally seen them out in the marketplace. I've kicked myself so many times. If you are truly pas- sionate about something, nothing will stop you. The idea of Wallabox came to me when my cell phone fell out of my back pocket to the floor of a port-a-john. I was lucky it didn't fall in. After doing research and seeing this idea as a solution to a big problem, I be- gan saying to myself "This is it… it's now or never!" I wake up each day plowing through entre- preneur business journals, invent help books, and joining social media entrepreneur groups. This has helped me launch Wallabox and get it out to market. It takes a lot of courage to become an entre- preneur, and being a military spouse has provided me with this strength. If I can do it, you can do it! Serial Entrepreneur I always have an idea up my sleeve! ABOUT ME: ANNE BREWER FOUNDER /DIRECTOR OF SALES AT WALL ABOX Ask any of my friends and they will tell you I always have an idea up my sleeve. I'm what you call a "serial entrepreneur." As a military spouse for 28 years I have always had to invent forms of supplemental income while rais- ing three children. I have done everything from home-based parties to selling souvenirs out of my van to even owning two retail stores at the same time. I was managing the staff, inventory and sales, as well as carpool, ten- nis matches, lacrosse practices and making sure to keep family first. I have always supported my husband and have a deep appreciation for his desire to defend our nation. In turn, he has a deep appreciation for my de- sire to feed my entrepreneurial spirit. My kids have been a great help also. I feel it is healthy and important for kids to be involved in your journey, no mat- ter what that may be. They have been first-hand witnesses to the trials and tribulations of military life and the entrepreneurial life. They appreciate the importance of mutual support and the concept of "it takes a village." MY PRODUCT JOURNEY: Almost daily a new business or product idea comes to me; however, implementing those ideas and see- ing them through from vision to prototype to proof of concept to product development, marketing and sales is a whole different story. It's surprising to me how many people say "Wow, you invented Wallabox, that's so cool!" They'll tell me, "I've had so many ideas but just don't know how to launch them." I'm a big believer of just going for it or you will never know! I've thought of many ideas and didn't pursue them and now have literally seen them out in the marketplace. I've kicked myself so many times. If you are truly pas- sionate about something, nothing will stop you. The idea of Wallabox came to me when my cell phone fell out of my back pocket to the floor of a port-a-john. I was lucky it didn't fall in. After doing research and seeing this idea as a solution to a big problem, I be- gan saying to myself "This is it… it's now or never!" I wake up each day plowing through entre- preneur business journals, invent help books, and joining social media entrepreneur groups. This has helped me launch Wallabox and get it out to market. It takes a lot of courage to become an entre- preneur, and being a military spouse has provided me with this strength. If I can do it, you can do it! MY PRODUCT: WALL ABOX , "YOUR MOBILE LIFE PROTECTED" My mission is to save one cellphone at a time. During extensive market research, I realized that there are billions of cell phones around the world and limited options for safely storing them personally in your bedroom, bathroom, car, kitchen, beside an out- let to charge, or even in public places like stadiums, restrooms, and airports. To solve this problem, I invented Wallabox. I have the patent and am developing four more products. Wal- labox is available on Amazon and at mywallabox.com. 28 MILITARYSPOUSE.COM / MARCH 2019

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