Congratulations to our Featured Member for April!
Four years ago, the idea for Non-Scents was thought of by 18-year-old Elon University freshman, Elizabeth Greenberg. She received a call from her friend, Andrew, saying that he was being admitted to the hospital for immediate cancer surgery. When Elizabeth called the hospital asking where to send flowers for him, the nurse told her that live flowers were actually not allowed in any areas where patient immune systems were weakened due to allergens from the flowers and bacteria in the water. As she researched the issue further, she found that most, if not all, hospitals had banned live flowers from oncology, transplant, and intensive care units for this reason. While silk flowers were an option, Andrew was a 22-year-old guy who loved sports and silk just didn’t seem to jive with his personality. Thus, Non-Scents was created so his room would be color-filled by origami flowers and there would be personal messages to remind him that his friends and family were all wishing for his quick recovery.
Since she was still at University, Elizabeth was fortunate to have her entrepreneurship professors as early-stage business advisors. Shortly before her graduation, she was encourage to pitch her idea for a group of North Carolina entrepreneurs, which led to her acceptance into the Launch Chapel Hill business accelerator program. This program, along with the help of her former professors, has led to the success of Non-Scents, not just as a business but as a social business with a core mission to give back to local communities and uplift people in some of the most difficult situations.
Today, with her mom, Mimi Greenberg, aka "Origami Mommy", Elizabeth is working on growth and expansion so she can give more to her non-profit giveback partners and continue to research and learn about the environmental and cost benefits of using origami over live cut flowers.
Non-Scents' creations aren't just for patients! They make beautiful, unique gifts for all occasions! Customers can order directly from their website, www.nonscentsflowers.com, and have their selection delivered, or call Elizabeth at 919-590-0299 or Mimi at 203-707-1169.
If you'd like your business to be considered for our Monthly Featured Member program, please call Lisa Gray, Executive Director, at (860) 651-7307.
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