Wendy Krepak and her husband made a comfortable living in real estate for 26 years. While both of them were making healthy salaries, Wendy always liked using gift cards, point cards and rewards cards, but she was beginning to find that keeping them organized was easier said than done. That's when Wendy came up with a little invention of her own to help her organize those cards. By inserting an alphabetical filing system in to a small purse, she was simply trying to organize things for herself. But soon others began to notice her using her little invention and asking where she got it. She quickly realized she might have stumbled onto something. So Wendy put a plan together and began producing and selling what she called the "Card Cubby." And it was a good thing she did, because soon thereafter -- and without severance or much notice -- both she and her husband were laid off from their real estate jobs. Suddenly, in hot water, Wendy decided to invest even more in her idea and she and her husband raided their 401Ks in order to build the business. It was a risky gamble, but within the first 18 months, they had done $1.5 million in sales. Wendy's courage and belief paid off, and today the Card Cubby is a multi-million-dollar business.

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  • Wendy and her husband, Rich, took a leap of faith when they raided their 401Ks to really make Card Cubby happen.

  • Daughter Jen takes Cubby to the Stars!

  • Wendy and her daughter, Jen, and son, Eric (Eric named Card Cubby!)

  • Card Cubby chosen for People Magazine's Holiday Gift Guide!

  • Friend, Jess, and family dog, Layla, fill People Magazine orders.

  • Everyone chips -- in even the dog!

  • Cubbies take over the Krepak household.

  • The purple cubby is celebrated for its appearance in People Magazine.

  • Wendy and Rich in their real estate job before they were both laid off.

  • Red and Tan Card Cubby Wristlet

  • Red and Tan Card Cubby Wristlet

  • Red Croc Card Cubby

  • Wendy put an ad in Real Simple Magazine to test interest.

  • Wendy and her kids in younger days