One little piggy went to the market with the help of Bradley University’s Turner Center.
Dr. Paul Kinsinger, a Peoria area physician and the innovator behind Dr. Paul’s Piggy Paste, has received statewide recognition for his start-up business whose toenail cream has been very popular.
“It’s flying off the shelves,” said Ken Klotz, programs director for the Turner Center.
The Turner Center is a program at Bradley that gives growing businesses free counsel, technical assistance and training. It also helps companies expand to broader markets.
“If any company in central Illinois is looking for assistance to expand, domestically or internationally, they should come to the Turner Center,” said Operations Director James Foley.
The Turner Center gave Kinsinger advice on how to organize a business, urged him to enter the Innovate Illinois contest, and helped him fine-tune his presentation for the competition.
“We helped him cut through a lot of verbiage to get to the real hard impact stuff that we knew he would be drilled on, so that he could really compete,” Klotz said.
Kinsinger won second place in the competition, earning $10,000. Innovate Illinois is administered jointly by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (IDCEO) and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, which works to accelerate high-growth entrepreneurial companies.
Now, after regional success, Piggy Paste will be sold in more than 8,500 Walgreens nationwide.
The Turner Center is still advising the company by recommending financing options for Kinsinger’s fast growth mode.
“I think this is a great example of what can be accomplished,” Klotz said, “by someone with a great idea who’s willing to get a little advice and work tirelessly toward his goal.”