(Quoted from The Merchantile's Podcast) "On today's episode, we talk with Jeni, owner of BehindTheBits... a cartoonist and pun enthusiast from Gilbert, Arizona. Her love for comics and drawing have led her to where she is today. Almost two years ago she look the leap of faith and quit her day job to focus on her small businesses full time and gladly admits that she has NEVER looked back." (cont.)
"... We will be taking a moment of silence and will not be advertising any services or artwork this week. I've seen other businesses promote, and in my opinion, it seems completely out of place. We will still be responding to emails, communicating with our customers, and handling orders. We feel there's too much uncertainty and unrest in the world to focus on selling our product at the moment. We understand artists depend on us, however we will still be doing our part in providing them quality product a safe platform where they can express themselves freely through their work. Our doors are still open and our website is still running. We just feel out of place trying to sell you a good deal.
In additional to this, we still want to support the RAW Artists National Art Drive (https://www.nationalartsdrive.com/) here in Phoenix. "Now more than ever, we need to keep creativity alive, appreciated, and supported to ensure we preserve the creative culture of our generation." We do not want this movement to fade due to recent developments. It could potentially bring some light into this darkness that both the pandemic and severe injustice have brought...." (cont.)
"Jeff and I wanted to share some resources with you all that we've gathered throughout these past couple of weeks...
SBA Loans - https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
Food Stamps - http://www.arizonaselfhelp.org/
Unemployment Information - https://des.az.gov/services/coronavirus
Job Resources - https://www.phoenix.gov/Resources
AZ Commission of the Arts Resources - https://azarts.gov/news/covid-19-info-resources-for-arizonas-artists-and-arts-sector/?fbclid=IwAR0H-_u7W2KFuT8-F00HIBM2yY4VOUtRg5Rq-Y9G-NUmw5I4S6-pAJincrw
"The Scottsdale Community College (SCC) Business School hosted the Little Pitch, a small business competition for student entrepreneurs. SCC students from diverse majors presented business plans in the contest similar to the NBC network show, Shark Tank.
Jeni Himmer, a student in the General Business and Marketing program at SCC was this year's Little Pitch winner.
Himmer is the owner and co-founder of Radnaut Prints... (cont.)"
"We are Jeni and Jeff, founders and owners of Radnaut Prints.
We started this company to support local artists, vendors, and event coordinators within the Phoenix metro area. We wanted to provide affordable printing services and completely cut shipping costs by dropping off orders personally.
I, Jeni, run my own art business, BehindTheBits, and understand the need for cheap supplies, credibility, and credit for my work.
We are not your regular consignment store or print shop, we actually want to challenge those models.
Here's why... (cont.)"