Monica Fullerton and her husband moved from Texas to Las Vegas over six years ago. As a member of an active nine-year military family, she has a special connection to this community.
That’s why she founded Spouse-ly, an online marketplace that supports serving and former military families and first responders.
“Husband was just a word military spouses said to each other when they did something to support each other: ‘He is so much husband on your part. “
Spouse-ly offers 350 vendors (and adding more each week), who are serving or former military or first responders, from around the world. They provide services and goods to anyone who visits the site, wife-ly.com.
“It’s an online marketplace to purchase a wide variety of handmade products and services provided by military families and first responders. Anyone can buy small and have a big impact, ”she said. “It’s a way of buying for a specific purpose. A way to get people to support small businesses and have money in the pockets of our heroes. “
Fullerton launched the business in February 2020, just before the global pandemic.
“It was a blessing in disguise,” she said. “More than ever, people want to find ways to give back. And may their dollar go much further.
She started with 30 vendors and wanted to help military families and first responders find a flexible way to earn an income while they traveled and supported their families.
A few months ago, she gave up her full-time business development job to devote herself to her full time.
She intends to partner with businesses and organizations to provide tools and resources for her online businesses to “grow and prosper”. Some of the new features could include an entrepreneurial hub, job opportunities, education, and business marketing.
Fullerton won the 2021 Startup Showdown pitch competition on July 29 for his startup at the Las Vegas Innovation Marketing Association’s Digital Technology Planning event. She received $ 5,000 in consulting services from Lightning Digital and $ 2,000 in website services from Hunter Marketing.
Fullerton has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help his business grow. Investments as low as $ 100 are accepted. The link is via Wefunder, www.wefunder.com/spousely.
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