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After winning multiple industry awards for innovation, northeast Pennsylvania's own Upper Desk has its Portable Tablet Mount for Cabinets now available in select Sam’s Club locations across the nation and on Samsclub.com.

After winning multiple industry awards for innovation, Upper Desk’s portable tablet mount for cabinets is now available in select Sam’s Club locations across the nation and on Samsclub.com.

Revolutionizing the way tablets are used, the portable mount securely holds any size, make, or model of smart device just below a cabinet or shelf — making it a must have item for those who use on-line recipes, stream movies, video chat, check email or use social networks.

“Industry experts and consumers alike are raving about this product. Our awards and five-star reviews are a testament to the mount’s quality, innovation, patented functionality and ease of use,” says Matthew Fidler, CEO of Upper Desk Inc. “We recently participated in Sam’s Club’s ‘30 Minutes to Win It’ program, and we’re so excited they selected a small start-up company like Upper Desk to bring value-driven innovation to their members.”

Praised for its quality construction, the mount installs onto almost any cabinet or shelf using the patented “Easy Latch System.” Lined with padding, the system protects precious installation surfaces and does not require tools, screws or permanent hardware.

“You can easily install and remove your mount within seconds,” says product inventor, Roderick Phillips. “Because it is so simple, Upper Desk products are changing the way tablets are being used in the home, office, educational and industrial environments.”

Cleverly designed with case-compatible, angled settings and a rotating arm, the mount can hold devices in portrait or landscape mode — all while allowing the user to view a smart device hands free.

“This mount protects your tablet from harmful spills, and in essence, is a standing desk for your tablet,” says Stephanie Phillips-Taggart, president of Upper Desk Inc. “It frees up counter-top space while allowing access to your cabinet. It’s a perfect way to multi-task in a more ergonomically correct position. It’s win-win for the tablet and user.”

With unique features and benefits that cannot be found elsewhere in the marketplace, Upper Desk’s portable tablet mount for cabinets has received the National Hardware Show “2014 Gold Award for Innovation;” the “2014 Innovation Finalist award” from the International Housewares Association; and a “New Product Innovation” award from Bucknell University’s Small Business Development Center, Lewisburg. In addition, Pennsylvania-based, Upper Desk Inc. was selected as a “2015 Pennsylvania Governor’s Small BUsiness Impact” finalist for its ability to transform an idea into an award-winning retail product.

“We are a young company with a very special background,” says Phillips-Taggart. “Our team has a ‘work hard, dream big’ mentality. With that, we have come a long way in short time. Through this opportunity with Sam’s Club, we hope to enhance the lives of even more tablets users.”

Fidler concluded, “Through the ‘30 Minutes to Win It’ program, Sam’s Club welcomes the opportunity to work with small businesses. It’s clear that it is not just about the product, but it’s also about the people. That’s a true testimony to the culture of Sam’s Club and their willingness to nurture small companies and the American Dream.”

Meet

Mary Tellie

By Larissa Hoffmann

Mary Tellie, owner and founder of Electric City Roasting Company, has a passion for coffee. That passion is demonstrated by the success of her business, which she founded in 2002.

Prior to entering the coffee industry, Tellie had no knowledge on coffee, just a keen sense of taste and some unsatisfied taste buds. Now, Tellie is a coffee specialist, certified cupper, licensed Q grader with the Coffee Quality Institute (CQI), and a Barista Guild of America level 1 certified barista. Moreover, she sits as a vice chair on the SCAA Roaster Guild Executive Council.

A former banker, Tellie felt no one could provide her with the quality coffee she was looking for, so she decided to get it herself. She transformed her career entirely, taking an entrepreneurial route and developing her own business. The more Tellie learned about coffee, the more she was sucked into the business, even seizing opportunities to travel to coffee-producing nations.

During her experiences abroad, her interests became learned passions which would transform into a complete dedication to coffee production and consumption.

Tellie notes that innovation is a huge part of her career and that she learns something new every day. A commitment to innovating keeps Tellie and her staff motivated and she always has the end-user’s satisfaction in mind.

Tellie is able to translate her exposure abroad back home, saying, “You learn so much from stepping out of your own environment.”

She feels rewarded to have relationships with amazing individuals in what she calls the “coffee value chain” all over the world.

As an entrepreneur, Tellie faces challenges every day. Part of her job is to dive into the future so she can forecast how to adapt her business to economic, environmental and a plethora of other challenges.

She always strives for product and distribution perfection, despite any obstacles her business encounters. Tellie notes that she learns from challenges and, over the years of operating her business, she has learned how to grow with grace.

The growth of Electric City Roasting Company is evident by its various divisions — Grocery, Café and Retail. The footprint of the company is becoming bigger and bigger and Tellie is not afraid to say, “Growing pains exist.”

She says that in any business there are wins and losses, but, most importantly, “It’s just a matter of how you deal with them.”

Tellie addresses the topic of “leading the troops” by saying she is very grateful for her “amazing staff.” She continually reminds them of their purpose and the impact they have on the community.

Tellie’s success stems far beyond a dedicated staff and she notes one of the most rewarding aspects of her business is the response from her satisfied customers. Customers always comment on how much they love her coffee and their complete shock over not having to add cream or sugar to it. Tellie says, “That to me is 10/10. That shows I win every day.”

Although coffee is available from many different outlets, the fact that Tellie’s customers are beyond impressed with the quality of coffee that Electric City Roasting Company produces, speaks volumes to the passion and dedication that occur behind the scenes.

Tellie’s advice to all entrepreneurs is to follow their passion. People may look down upon and criticize those that choose to be entrepreneurs, but it’s important to maintain confidence.

Everyone in the neighborhood knows that Tellie’s passion is coffee. Her dedication and passion have helped her expand and grow Electric City Roasting Company to what it is today.

Electric City Roasting Company (ECR) offers products for individuals, resale, baristas and cafes and provides unique coffee education programs from its Teaching Campus Lab in Throop.

To learn more about ECR and the products and services it offers, visit www.electriccityroasting.com/ or call 570-558-2233 or email info@electriccityroasting.com

Larissa Hoffmann is a University of Scranton Women’s Entrepreneurship Center intern, where she works under the supervision of Donna Simpson, consultant manager. Larissa is a senior accounting major.

After winning multiple industry awards for innovation, Upper Desk’s portable tablet mount for cabinets is now available in select Sam’s Club locations across the nation and on Samsclub.com.

Revolutionizing the way tablets are used, the portable mount securely holds any size, make, or model of smart device just below a cabinet or shelf — making it a must have item for those who use on-line recipes, stream movies, video chat, check email or use social networks.

“Industry experts and consumers alike are raving about this product. Our awards and five-star reviews are a testament to the mount’s quality, innovation, patented functionality and ease of use,” says Matthew Fidler, CEO of Upper Desk Inc. “We recently participated in Sam’s Club’s ‘30 Minutes to Win It’ program, and we’re so excited they selected a small start-up company like Upper Desk to bring value-driven innovation to their members.”

Praised for its quality construction, the mount installs onto almost any cabinet or shelf using the patented “Easy Latch System.” Lined with padding, the system protects precious installation surfaces and does not require tools, screws or permanent hardware.

“You can easily install and remove your mount within seconds,” says product inventor, Roderick Phillips. “Because it is so simple, Upper Desk products are changing the way tablets are being used in the home, office, educational and industrial environments.”

Cleverly designed with case-compatible, angled settings and a rotating arm, the mount can hold devices in portrait or landscape mode — all while allowing the user to view a smart device hands free.

“This mount protects your tablet from harmful spills, and in essence, is a standing desk for your tablet,” says Stephanie Phillips-Taggart, president of Upper Desk Inc. “It frees up counter-top space while allowing access to your cabinet. It’s a perfect way to multi-task in a more ergonomically correct position. It’s win-win for the tablet and user.”

With unique features and benefits that cannot be found elsewhere in the marketplace, Upper Desk’s portable tablet mount for cabinets has received the National Hardware Show “2014 Gold Award for Innovation;” the “2014 Innovation Finalist award” from the International Housewares Association; and a “New Product Innovation” award from Bucknell University’s Small Business Development Center, Lewisburg. In addition, Pennsylvania-based, Upper Desk Inc. was selected as a “2015 Pennsylvania Governor’s Small BUsiness Impact” finalist for its ability to transform an idea into an award-winning retail product.

“We are a young company with a very special background,” says Phillips-Taggart. “Our team has a ‘work hard, dream big’ mentality. With that, we have come a long way in short time. Through this opportunity with Sam’s Club, we hope to enhance the lives of even more tablets users.”

Fidler concluded, “Through the ‘30 Minutes to Win It’ program, Sam’s Club welcomes the opportunity to work with small businesses. It’s clear that it is not just about the product, but it’s also about the people. That’s a true testimony to the culture of Sam’s Club and their willingness to nurture small companies and the American Dream.”