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April Femrite

Co-Owner

Bent River Outfitter

HQ Phone: (507) 388-2368

Email: a***@***.com

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Bent River Outfitter

530 North Riverfront Dr Ste B30

Mankato, Minnesota 56001

United States

Company Description

Bent River Outfitter is a family-owned outdoor gear and rental shop located in Old Town Mankato. We rent kayaks, canoes, snowshoes and stand-up paddle boards (SUP) and specialize in guided trips throughout the Blue Earth County river valley. ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Tasting Room Server

Chankaska Creek Ranch & Winery

Greens SA

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Naturally Bamboo

Affiliations

MBA Student and Entrepreneurship and Innovation Fellow
Minnesota State University

Web References (8 Total References)


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In April, Colleen and her daughter are volunteering at a Rwandan youth village.

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April Femrite Owner, Naturally Bamboo April is the CEO of Naturally Bamboo ethical clothing, which manufactures organic clothing made from bamboo fiber. Bamboo is the most sustainable natural fiber on earth, grown without pesticides, naturally anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic, breathable, and absorbent. Naturally Bamboo promotes social justice in the garment industry with clothing fairly made in the USA. April is proof that businesses can play a great role in making the world a better place.


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April Femrite, CEO of Naturally Bamboo, says inspiration for her business appeared in the form of a news story she read one evening, which heralded the qualities of bamboo as a clothing material. Bamboo’s silky fibers echo the feel of soft cotton, while the cellulose material’s micro-gap structure makes clothing breathable and wicks moisture away from the skin. The material is naturally antibacterial, allowing clothing to be worn multiple times before needing a wash. Bamboo needs no pesticides or chemicals to grow, making it a certified organic material. And because bamboo grows quickly, shooting up about 75 feet in four months, it is also extremely renewable.

One news article later, Femrite had decided that bamboo clothing was her entrepreneurial calling. “That evening I bought my domain name for my Web site and decided that I was going to start my own bamboo clothing line,†she says. “After researching it for six months, I had my own six-piece line that was for sale in the fall of 2007.â€
In addition to being environmentally sustainable, creating ethically made clothing also shaped Naturally Bamboo’s mission. “I knew from the beginning that if I was going to do this company, it had to have equal emphasis on both social and environmental responsibility,†Femrite says. “If I was going to run a company, it was going to be ethical in all respectsâ€"from our raw materials to using recycled packaging to overseeing that our sewers are getting paid a fair wage.†While many large brand-name clothing lines pay just pennies an hour to sewers overseas, Naturally Bamboo’s sewers in Prior Lake earn $10 to $12 per hour to make shirts, skirts, hats and dresses for the clothing line.
Since founding her business in 2007, Femrite has successfully sold her active and outdoor clothing line in retail shops across the country, with popular consumer bases in Minnesota and Hawaii. Between 2007 and 2008, sales grew by 100 percent. Last year, the company also became a top five finalist out of some 1,500 applicants in Forbes’ “Boost Your Business 2009†competition, which awards a $100,000 prize to the best entrepreneurial business plan. While Naturally Bamboo did not win the grand prize, exposure from the competition has helped Naturally Bamboo establish its brand name as a producer of sustainable and ethically made clothing.
True to the company’s mission of sustainability, Femrite is working to move her company’s entire seed-to-shirt supply chain to the United States.


Ones to Watch I February 2010 Enterprise Minnesota Magazine

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April Femrite, CEO of Naturally Bamboo, says inspiration for her business appeared in the form of a news story she read one evening, which heralded the qualities of bamboo as a clothing material. Bamboo’s silky fibers echo the feel of soft cotton, while the cellulose material’s micro-gap structure makes clothing breathable and wicks moisture away from the skin. The material is naturally antibacterial, allowing clothing to be worn multiple times before needing a wash. Bamboo needs no pesticides or chemicals to grow, making it a certified organic material. And because bamboo grows quickly, shooting up about 75 feet in four months, it is also extremely renewable.

One news article later, Femrite had decided that bamboo clothing was her entrepreneurial calling. “That evening I bought my domain name for my Web site and decided that I was going to start my own bamboo clothing line,†she says. “After researching it for six months, I had my own six-piece line that was for sale in the fall of 2007.â€
In addition to being environmentally sustainable, creating ethically made clothing also shaped Naturally Bamboo’s mission. “I knew from the beginning that if I was going to do this company, it had to have equal emphasis on both social and environmental responsibility,†Femrite says. “If I was going to run a company, it was going to be ethical in all respectsâ€"from our raw materials to using recycled packaging to overseeing that our sewers are getting paid a fair wage.†While many large brand-name clothing lines pay just pennies an hour to sewers overseas, Naturally Bamboo’s sewers in Prior Lake earn $10 to $12 per hour to make shirts, skirts, hats and dresses for the clothing line.
Since founding her business in 2007, Femrite has successfully sold her active and outdoor clothing line in retail shops across the country, with popular consumer bases in Minnesota and Hawaii. Between 2007 and 2008, sales grew by 100 percent. Last year, the company also became a top five finalist out of some 1,500 applicants in Forbes’ “Boost Your Business 2009†competition, which awards a $100,000 prize to the best entrepreneurial business plan. While Naturally Bamboo did not win the grand prize, exposure from the competition has helped Naturally Bamboo establish its brand name as a producer of sustainable and ethically made clothing.
True to the company’s mission of sustainability, Femrite is working to move her company’s entire seed-to-shirt supply chain to the United States.


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Posted by April Femrite on November 9, 2009 at 4:18pm in Green News and Views

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Good luck, April!


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April Femrite Owner:

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Naturally Bamboo was started in 2007 by April Femrite. A nature-lover and mother of two young boys, April wanted to create a company that was both environmentally friendly and socially responsible. After reading an article about the natural benefits of bamboo fabric, Naturally Bamboo was born.

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