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Texas entrepreneur brings on-demand nail service to Houston

Dallasite Amber Venz Box has brought Cherry the Bayou City. Photo courtesy of Cherry

Ladies, take note: A Dallas-based on-demand nail service app, Cherry, has expanded to Houston. Founded by Amber Venz Box, the blogger/influencer-turned tech entrepreneur, the convenient, at-home service is now available in 37 ZIP codes.

"The nod was that the Cherry on top is the convenience the app provides to women who want to have it all — a career, a family, and a mani nearly impossible with a salon model," Venz Box tells CultureMap.

Women in Dallas and Austin have been booking a Cherry since 2017 and the plans for continued expansion are underway, Cherry CEO Aaron Coats says in a statement. A representative from the brand notes that Cherry will be available in Spring and The Woodlands this October.

When you book a Cherry, a local, licensed nail technician is at your door as soon as two hours. The waterless services are available daily, from 9 am to 8:30 pm Choose from a classic, gel, or dip manicure or a gel, classic, or men's pedicure. All payments are made through the app.

A Cherry is more than just a manicure or pedicure. The LIKEtoKNOW.it and rewardStyle founder launched Cherry to empower women to create flexible work schedules and have financial independence. "By choosing Cherry, you are giving economic opportunity to women in your own community - proximate to you," Venz Box says.

The app is free to download on the App Store.

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This article originally ran on CultureMap.

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Re:3D is one of two Houston companies to be recognized by the SBA's technology awards. Photo courtesy of re:3D

A couple of Houston startups have something to celebrate. The United States Small Business Administration announced the winners of its Tibbetts Award, which honors small businesses that are at the forefront of technology, and two Houston startups have made the list.

Re:3D, a sustainable 3D printer company, and Raptamer Discovery Group, a biotech company that's focused on therapeutic solutions, were Houston's two representatives in the Tibbetts Award, named after Roland Tibbetts, the founder of the SBIR Program.

"I am incredibly proud that Houston's technology ecosystem cultivates innovative businesses such as re:3D and Raptamer. It is with great honor and privilege that we recognize their accomplishments, and continue to support their efforts," says Tim Jeffcoat, district director of the SBA Houston District Office, in a press release.

Re:3D, which was founded in 2013 by NASA contractors Samantha Snabes and Matthew Fiedler to tackle to challenge of larger scale 3D printing, is no stranger to awards. The company's printer, the GigaBot 3D, recently was recognized as the Company of the Year for 2020 by the Consumer Technology Association. Re:3D also recently completed The Ion Smart and Resilient Cities Accelerator this year, which has really set the 20-person team with offices in Clear Lake and Puerto Rico up for new opportunities in sustainability.

"We're keen to start to explore strategic pilots and partnerships with groups thinking about close-loop economies and sustainable manufacturing," Snabes recently told InnovationMap on the Houston Innovators Podcast.

Raptamer's unique technology is making moves in the biotech industry. The company has created a process that makes high-quality DNA Molecules, called Raptamers™, that can target small molecules, proteins, and whole cells to be used as therapeutic, diagnostic, or research agents. Raptamer is in the portfolio of Houston-based Fannin Innovation Studio, which also won a Tibbetts Award that Fannin Innovation Studio in 2016.

"We are excited by the research and clinical utility of the Raptamer technology, and its broad application across therapeutics and diagnostics including biomarker discovery in several diseases, for which we currently have an SBIR grant," says Dr. Atul Varadhachary, managing partner at Fannin Innovation Studio.

This year, 38 companies were honored online with Tibbetts Awards. Since its inception in 1982, the awards have recognized over 170,000 honorees, according to the release, with over $50 billion in funding to small businesses through the 11 participating federal agencies.

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