Founder:  Mary Lynn Schroeder
Site: In blue handmade
Lowdown: Handcrafted leather goods
Awesomeness: #1 best-selling leather goods shop on

Handmade, artisan businesses commonly face production hurdles to becoming a quickly scaling startup. But that hasn’t stopped In Blue Handmade, which ranks as the #1 best-selling leather goods shop on, boasting over 43,000 units sold and more than 350 wholesalers worldwide. Posting nearly 50% year-over-year annual sales growth, In Blue recently won $25,000 to improve its production line through FedEx’s Small Business Grant contest, one of only 10 small businesses nationwide to be awarded the grant.

Asheville Citizen-Times: Asheville’s In Blue Handmade wins $25,000 FedEx grant
FedEx: Mary Lynn Schroeder Turns a Leather Crafting Adventure into a Successful Business