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Inventive Entrepreneurs Find Success

By LaToya Cross, Associate Editor

The economic downturn has carved room for a new wave of entrepreneurs and fearless innovators. Despite the financial chill of the economy, these everyday folks chose not to falter to fear, and instead followed their dreams and became bold creators.

The GlamCan: Twanda Mobley

Take 32-year-old, Twanda Mobley, the creator of the sleek GlamCan. After being laid-off from a career in the banking industry in 2008, the idea that had been simmering in her mind since 2007 finally resonated and she knew that it was time to stop being a dreamer and to take her chances as a product developer.

"I actually think that it was God telling me that I really need to push forward on it because [the concept for the Glam Can] really started resonating into my whole mind," says Twanda. "I was thinking about it so much that I would even dream about it. So I decided that I was going to do whatever I needed to do to push forward on it to get it to market."

And she did just that. The GlamCan is a unique trash receptacle that can be used indoors and outdoors. It's convenient with secure closure and comes with a mounting bracket accessory that allows for usage any and everywhere.

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To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go


These are lyrics to the song "The Impossible Dream" from the movie and play, Man of La Mancha. It describes a man who had a dream and was determined to make his dream a reality. It describes a man that no matter what happen, no matter how many obstacles he faced, he did not let anything detour him.  


Lets fast forward to present day to see that the man has been transformed into an amazing woman who dared to dream the impossible dream and persevered amidst the strongest challenges in order to make her dream become a reality.  The woman's name is Twanda Mobley, CEO of Mobley's Gate Garbage, Inc. and the product inventor of The Glam Can.


As we go through our daily tasks and activities, we encounter a myriad of things. Things that are visible to the naked eye and things that we cannot see but know that they exist.  Some of these things are God made while others are man (woman) made. We don't question their existence but know that they are there.  As we make our journey we see things that are beautiful and some that are not. We see God gifts of the stars, the sky, the sun, the moon, the earth and we look at our environment.


When we see our environment oftentimes we see it cluttered with trash and debris. Do you take the time to remove the clutter or do you leave the task to someone else? Do you say to yourself "Someone will take care of it" or do you do something about it? Twanda Mobley did.

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MarketWatch Interviews Twanda Mobley at the International Home and Houseware's Show

WCIU, The U Interviews Twanda Mobley at the INHH Show

FOX NEWS Interviews Twanda Mobley, the Inventor of the Glam Can

On The Job Hunt: New Inventors

December 30, 2009 - 9:00 AM | by: Ruth Ravve

They say necessity is the mother of invention.   And in these economic times, its been a necessity for many of those out of work, to invent new ways to make money.   That could be why so many people are now working on turning their ideas into inventions of sellable products.

One of those people is Twanda Mobley, who is hoping others' trash will become her treasure.   Mobley lost her job in banking compliance about a year ago.   She says it was the incentive she needed to push ahead with her invention for a convenient but attractive portable garbage can. "I said to myself, you know I have this great idea and I've been working on it so let me move forward on it".     Mobley says she got the idea after picking up trash that had blown onto her yard, and feeling frustrated there wasn't a nearby container to toss it into.   She had her nephew make drawings of what she thought it should look like, then took it to a company called C2R Product Development.  They created the product, which she named the Glam can.  Now she sells it directly from her new company website. 300 sold so far.

Overall, economists say all these new ideas and inventions could sprout new companies, and jobs will be created.

Twanda Mobley, Inventor of the The Glam Can Speaks of the Ups and Downs of Product Inventing

The Glam Can featured in the Chicago Sun-Times Newspaper

Woman's trash is inventor's lawn treasure

Deidre Booker works hard during the planting season tending her mums, pansies and marigolds in the front yard and a garden of herbs, tomatoes, cabbage and peppers in her backyard.

So when Booker heard about the "Glam Can" -- a black, 3-gallon, mount-anywhere garbage and recycling can -- she snapped one up to put on the fence next to her home in the Pill Hill neighborhood.

"It looks decorative, and it's a convenient place to put the candy wrappers and debris that are forever drifting into the yard," Booker said.

Twanda Mobley, CEO of Mobley's Gate Garbage Inc., dreamed up the Glam Can while she worked as a bank compliance officer.

"I'm a homeowner, and it really bothered me to see litter all over people's lawns," said Mobley, who lives in Chicago Lawn.

After Mobley got laid off in a bank consolidation in March 2008, she started her own business to make her dream happen.

She worked with a small-business adviser, joined the Chicago First Black Inventors/Entrepreneurs Organization (cfbieo.org), and took her prototype to C2R Product Development, a Madison, Wis.-based company that helps people develop, design and implement their new-product ideas.

The Glam Can sells for $24.99 at www.TheGlamCan.com.


Practically Green Chicago Tribune - Red Eye Newspaper Feature
Green Products Worth Picking Up
One of my biggest pet peeves is picking up trash after a barbecue or party outdoors. Garbage bags strategically placed just don't cut it, and pulling the bin out of the kitchen doesn't make sense either. So here's a product we could all use: The Glam Can.

What makes it special is the fact that it's small and mounts on walls, as well as porches, balconies and gates. I personally think it'd make the perfect recycling bin for outdoor parties.

The Glam Can retails for $29.99.

Article by Suprivia Doshi
2009 Inventors Exhibition
Twanda Mobley, Inventor and firm Advisor Al Grossman exhibiting at the Las Vegas Convention National Hardware Show, May, 2009.
Glam Can Featured on WVON
Founder and Inventor, Twanda Mobley sits in a radio interview on Chicagoland radio station, WVON.
2009 DuSable Museum Product Show
The Glam Can Product shown in a Dusable Museum Exhibit
January 5, 2009 March 31, 2009 featuring Past, Present and Future inventions!

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