Pinch Provisions®, a women- and family-owned and operated business in Elk Grove, Illinois, is the leading manufacturer of premium personal care kits, combining the sensibility of a fashion brand with the function of a modern general store. Two sisters, Jamie and Stephanie Kaplan, along with their mother, Georgette, co-founded the company twelve years ago, and their innovative products were met with instant success in the U.S. market. Pinch Provisions is available in over 3,000 independent boutiques and major retailers nationwide including Sephora, J. Crew, Nordstrom, and The Container Store.

After achieving success in the domestic market, the demand for Pinch Provisions overseas grew considerably. The company adopted a phased approach to global expansion, starting with Canada, Europe, and Australia. In 2015, Pinch Provisions was one of the grant recipients of Metro Chicago Exports’ inaugural Grant Program. Their grant covered a portion of the costs associated with product and packaging compliance in the European Union and Australia.

As a result of their efforts to export overseas, Pinch Provisions was able to expand its reach as a market leader beyond the United States, diversify its customer base, and satisfy the demand of its global fanbase. Today, Pinch personal care kits are available Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and France, with the rest of Europe and Australia to follow in 2016.