A local business woman is the winner of a grant award from Intuit Quickbooks Small Business Grants, and has advanced in a competition sponsored by Intuit in Small Business Big Game for a Super Bowl commercial.
Michelle VanBibber of McDonald, Pa., president and designer for Ciao Bella Jewelry, is the winner of one of 25 small business grants awarded. She plans to use the grant to expand her business.
Ciao Bella Jewelry designs and manufactures jewelry for boutiques, museum gift shops, national parks and landmarks.
The company was established in 2008 and was named after VanBibber's 5-year-old daughter. While traveling through Italy with her family in 2006, VanBibber said, the Italian men marveled at her daughter's blond hair, saying "Ciao Bella," which means Hello Beautiful. After returning from Europe, VanBibber's daughter suggested using her "Italy name" for the jewelry company.
Ciao Bella has been featured in Whirl Magazine and has been seen at Pittsburgh Fashion Week. VanBibber also has designed jewelry that is for sale at the National Marine Corps, Pacific War and National WWII museum gift shops. Her jewelry is sold in stores in 15 states.
Locally, Ciao Bella Jewelry is sold at Mozaic Boutique in Collier Towne Square and at Victorian Manner in Mt. Lebanon.
Through its fan base on Facebook and Twitter, Ciao Bella Jewelry received enough votes to move on to Round 2 of the Big Game Challenge and is in the running for a commercial during the Super Bowl.
Voting takes place through October 13th, one vote per person per day at https://www.smallbusinessbiggame.com/PA/Ciao-Bella-Jewelry/375291