Not satisfied with the natural products on the market and too sick to wear chemically-based brands, three sisters took to their own basement and created lifestinks® deodorant and lifestings® bug repellent. With a team of four located in the South Side of Chicago, the Duggan Sisters® manufacture, sell and support their products in the United States, Canada and Norway. They are determined to make getting healthy and staying healthy easy, fun and affordable for everyone.

Working with Metro Chicago Exports has invigorated Duggan Sisters’ business growth. Metro Chicago Exports has helped Duggan Sisters navigate the export ecosystem through providing recommendations on how to benefit from existing export programs at the city, state and federal level, and on selecting the best International Trade Center (ITC) to match the company’s export plans.

Thanks to the facilitated connection with the Director of the ITC, who assisted with access to market research, grant funding and a network of local exports and in-country resources, partnering with Metro Chicago Exports has been a tremendous success for the Duggan Sisters as they work to export Chicago’s own lifestinks and lifestings to Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, and countries across the Middle East, Europe and Latin America.

Duggan Sisters’ business pipeline has more than doubled from exporting. Exporting has also enabled the company to create jobs in Chicago and take advantage of volume cost savings on raw materials.