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Annette de Lancey: An Advocate for Small Business

Annette de Lancey: An Advocate for Small Business

As many know, Annette de Lancey (Founder and Owner of CastCoverz!), is a HUGE advocate for small businesses. What started out as an “Aha!” moment, changed her life, and hundreds of thousands of her customers’ lives, forever. 13+ years later, CastCoverz! fun and functional products for the orthopedic patient has worldwide distribution, can be found on multiple channels (including Amazon and Walmart) and is in notable orthopedic clinics across the country. 

Ownership of CastCoverz! and dedication to her new business venture, She Makes Products to support women manufacturers, further shows her intent and passion for small business and small business owners. 

She was exposed to small business ownership as a child. Annette’s beloved father was a self-made, ethical, successful business owner. 

She honors his memory by passing on what he taught her to others and serves small business owners (SBO’s) as a certified SCORE business mentor. 

SCORE is “the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, and is dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals. SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Their mission (according to their website) is to “foster vibrant small business communities through mentoring and education. Their vision is “Every person has the support necessary to thrive as a small business owner.”

SBA (Small Business Administration) works to ignite change and spark action so small businesses can confidently start, grow, expand, or recover.

The Accidental Entrepreneur

Owner & founder of CastCoverz!, Annette Giacomazzi, started out just like any other empathetic mom… wanting to make her daughter’s 6th broken bone a little more bearable. Annette began creating cute & fun covers for Elli’s casts, which quickly evolved into slings, seasonally themed cast covers– you name it! The ideas just kept coming!  Friends and family are supposed to “ooh” and “aah” and be supportive of an injured child or a mom with an idea.  But, it’s when strangers stopped them on the street that Annette had her “AHA!” moment and CastCoverz! was born.

First, Annette’s family contributed as the hands and feet of the business, out of their home.  The first employees even worked out of their home!  Eventually, CastCoverz! expanded to a warehouse that required a full team of sewists, shippers and customer service gems! Having found a unique niche in the orthopedic retail market, Annette created a flourishing business.

Fast forward 13 years, CastCoverz! is now the largest online retailer for orthopedic products and has earned its title by providing fun & functional products to comfort orthopedic patients. We are proud to have served hundreds of thousands of customers and retailers around the world.

Share Your Story!

Our customers are the heart & soul of our success! We LOVE seeing how CastCoverz! has helped you Feel Better so you can Heal Better! Share your family-friendly stories with us at cs@castcoverz.com for a chance to be featured on our Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/castcoverz)

More Info

Questions about sizing or custom cast covers? Give us a call 1-800-CASTCOVER (1-800-227-8268)

CastCoverz! BENGALICIOUS: Armz!, Legz! & Bootz!

CastCoverz! meets #TigerKing with our NEW Bengalicious print for Armz!, Legz! & Bootz!

With the shelter in place regulations keeping most of us inside with our good friend Netflix, we quickly realized why our new PURRRRFECT print SOLD OUT in 1 week: TIGER KING!

Whether you’re a Big Cat Rescue fan or you’re on the hunt for Carole Baskin’s husband, we’ve got something FUN to brighten your break during this weird time.

At CastCoverz!, we believe when you Feel Better, you Heal Better. Especially now, we recognize the importance of finding creative ways to have fun – even while you’re healing from an injury.

If YOU or someone you LOVE is currently in an arm cast, leg cast, or orthopedic walking boot, why not cheer them up with a FUNctional product to help keep their device CLEAN and prevent scratching or snagging.

Our covers are easy to wash and accessorize with; a GREAT option for those wanting to prevent the spread of germs on cast, braces or boots that can’t be washed!

Head over to our website to check out ALL your ROARIN’ options, before we sell out of your favorites. https://www.castcoverz.com/

GOOD NEWS: Bengalicious is back in stock for a LIMITED TIME!

Questions about sizing?
Contact our happiness gurus 1-800-CASTCOVER (1-800-227-8268)

#TigerKing #Bengalicious #CastCoverz#castcover

How to Keep Sand Out of Your Cast and Walking Boot

Summer

Do your summer plans include going to the beach, but you’re wondering how you’ll keep the sand out of your cast or orthopedic walking boot?  CastCoverz! has some solutions for you!  CastCoverz! offers FUNctional products for comfort and care while casted, bandaged, braced, in a boot, or on crutches.

Here are a few tips from CastCoverz! to help keep the sand out of your cast or walking boot:

1.  AquaShieldUSA –  lets you enjoy swimming at the pool, beach, or lake without the fear of getting your cast wet AND keeps the sand out (available for both arms and legs.) SAFETY ALERT: NOT TO BE USED WITH AN ORTHOPEDIC BOOT!!

2.  Slickerz! – For your leg cast or bandages, cover it with a CastCoverz! innovation, Slickerz!  Slickerz! is a weatherproof protective cover made in-the-USA which keeps 97% of the sand granules out.

3.  Glad® Press‘n Seal® for your boot or your cast – Press’n Seal seals tight on a variety of surfaces, including skin! Just wrap Press’n Seal around a cast (make sure to overlap so 1″ or 2″ of your skin provides the seal).  It will keep you dry for light water activities (splash and plays, sprinklers, etc…) and will keep sand out, too! To keep sand out of your toes while in a boot, wrap your leg with Press’n Seal and then put your boot on.  Sand will still collect on the boot, but at least your toes will be sand free! 🙂 CAUTION: FOR YOUR SAFETY never cover the bottom of a boot with any product.

4. BootGuardzXtreme to keep out sand- While many of our customers utilize this innovative product for severe weather conditions (such as rain or snow!), BootGuardzXtreme serves a double purpose! Engineered to stretch around side edge of boot, this cover is perfect for keeping sand OUT of your walking boot; however, it is designed with an open bottom exposing the tread for safety.   This product is not waterproof, although the material is water resistant if exposed to moisture. Fits most high and low orthotic walking boots such as DonJoy™, Aircast®, Össur®, Darco®, DeRoyal®, etc.  Please check sizing chart for accuracy before ordering! If you’re unsure whether or not this would be a good solution for your next beach trip- don’t hesitate to call us for more info!

5.  Mittz! – Keep sand out of hand casts, braces and splints with Mittz!, our made-in-the-USA impervious to sand and dirt cover. Because it is a seamed product, it is not for immersion in water.

CastCoverz! provides fun, function-able, and fashionable covers for casts, braces, splints, boots, slings, crutches and so much more!  These covers will help keep your cast clean and snag-free from items such as your clothing, furniture, and other people!  CastCoverz! fabric cast covers are for daily wear (not for sand or water because fabric is a weaved product allowing sand granules/water to seep in).

A Cover for Every Occassion

Don’t let being in a cast or walking boot spoil your summer vacation plans!  If you have any questions about our tips or our products, please do not hesitate calling us at 1-800-CASTCOVER (1-800-227-8268).

Go ahead and enjoy the beach!