Kim Ormsby was supposed to be a corporate executive or a veterinarian.
What she was not supposed to be was the inventor of a new kind of cloth diaper that has catapulted the growing industry forward or the founder of a natural-infant-care company that has grown explosively each year since she started it in her Bozeman home in 2003.
The Billings Gazette reports that kind of success, said Ormsby â€” the Small Business Administrationâ€™s Montana 2010 Small Business Person of the Year â€” has come as a great surprise.
Since it was introduced in 2009, Ormsbyâ€™s GroVia cloth diaper design has changed the world of cloth diapering, selling about 4,000 diapers a month worldwide and emerging as one of the top-selling cloth diapers in the global market. The success has propelled her family-owned company into a multimillion-dollar business.
The diapers have everything youâ€™d expect from a company that has â€œnatural babyâ€ right in the name: theyâ€™re organic and require less laundering, less soap and less water than other cloth diapers. The disposable line is compostable and made from natural, unbleached materials. Theyâ€™re latex-free and pass Europeâ€™s most stringent standards for healthy and green.
Photo by The Billings Gazette.