Bois Blanc Sports was founded in 2011 by current CEO Ethan McAfee. Bois Blanc Island is a very small island in Lake Huron. Persons spending their summers there had a great deal of free time. McAfee grew up playing various sports, including a few that they “invented” using tennis rackets or other types of rackets. Quality equipment was difficult to come by and Bois Blanc Sports was born.
Today, the company sells a variety of sporting equipment, including a racket game called Pickle Ball, sunglasses, health supplements and sun wear such as hats.
Bois Blanc Sports is listed as #105 on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. The company has a 3 year growth rate of 3,248% and annual revenue in 2014 of $9.7 million. Bois Blanc Sports has 17 employees with 16 of these jobs being added during the past 3 years.
The company is also listed as #8 on the Inc. list of Top Retail Companies, #8 on their list of Top Washington D.C. Companies as well as taking the #2 spot on the Inc. list of Top Virginia companies.
Woot was founded in July of 2004 by former electronics wholesaler Matt Rutledge in Carrollton, Texas. The company is an online discount retailer that originally offered one deal per 24 hour period or until the item was sold out. The company is known for having an irreverent and silly or fun business style that many find appealing. The company does not offer warranties or exchanges, only refunds for merchandise that is not delivered.
Woot was purchased by Amazon in 2010. Today, the company often offers additional items for sale if an item sells out before noon CST. Woot has also branched off into other sectors, such as T-shirt Woot, Wine Woot, and Children’s Woot. These sites continue to sell a item until it is sold out. Woot offers a flat rate shipping fee, regardless of size or weight of the item. The company currently ships only to the continental US.
The company occasionally offers “Woot Offs” where items are listed until they are sold out, one after the other. Item quantities can be quite limited and often sell out in minutes, creating an auction like frenzy over certain products. Woot is also famous among followers for offering unknown items for sale in a brown paper bag entitled “Woot’s Bag of Crap”. Each bag is $5 plus $5 for shipping. Recipients have no idea what they are purchasing until they receive it but they are told that all items in the bag, combined, will exceed $10 in value. These sales are so popular that they often sell out in seconds and have frequently been known to crash servers.