Introduce yourself and profession to our readers:
Hi, I'm Hermanita Huffman from Atlanta, GA. I am a Jill of many trades with a background as a tradeshow model and brand ambassador. I have a license in real estate, license, property and casualty insurance license, life and health insurance license and insurance adjuster license. I am also inventor of The Nose Cozy™, a hypo-allergic pillow made from organic cotton used to protect c-pap patients face from irritation and injury caused by ill-fitting full-face c-pap masks.
What inspired you to pursue this area of interest?
I had a friend who was a respiratory therapist who was having difficulty their c-pap patients compliant with using their machines to help th sleep at night and treat their sleep apnea. The patients complained of pain on their nose from the mask and I suggested we make something to protect their noses and The Nose Cozy™ was born!
What advice would you share with those interested in a similar pursuit?
When inventing something, I would advise people the obtain a provisional patent then immediately contact a patent attorney to discuss how to obtain information on what the next step of putting the right kind of patent on your invention.
Discuss a professional challenge and how you overcame it:
Because this isn't my field of study, it was a challenge to get word out about the product other than social media. Starting this year, we have started a commission program where certified and registered respiratory therapists can earn commission as independent contractors by selling The Nose Cozy™ to their patients who are having issues with irritating c-pap masks. The therapists love it because they can make extra money without adding any additional hours to their schedule. They also love having a unique product to show their patient to help them continue to use their life-saving c-pap machine.
What is next for your brand/business in 2016?
We look forward to expanding to other states near the end of 2016 or the beginning of 2017. Our goal is to get each c-pap patient who uses a full-face or nasal mask to use The Nose Cozy™ to prevent indentation and irritation from ever occurring in the first place.
How can readers connect with you online and through social media:
We can be reached through the website, www.nosecozys.com or 404-850-0889.
We have facebook page and can be followed on Instagram @bestrestinc.