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Hard-working Etsy shop owner wins Charles M. Meyer Entrepreneurial Scholarship

Christine Meyer Blood presents the Charles M. Meyer Entrepreneurial Scholarship award to this year's recipient, Grace Bayer.


Grace Bayer, a senior at Oakville Senior High School, is the recipient of the 2021 Charles M. Meyer Entrepreneurial Scholarship. The scholarship is designed to recognize the same entrepreneurial spirit that guided Charles M. Meyer when he started an independent insurance agency in 1972 in his own name. In the years following, Charles devoted much of his time to serving the community, including a position as President of the Mehlville School Board and as a founding member of the South County Chamber of Commerce.

Bayer proved to be a worthy recipient of this year’s scholarship based on her experience in starting her own Etsy Shop while also holding down a part-time job, all while attending school. Initially, sales of her handmade scrunchies, dog bandanas and steering wheel covers met with little success. But after researching her pricing, presentation and overall sales strategy, Grace made several adjustments to her store and sales began to take off. She’s now had more than 400 sales of her handmade items in her Etsy shop and with more than 100 positive reviews, has earned a five-star rating.

Christine Meyer Blood, who took over the agency business in 2010, recognized the passion in Bayer’s efforts and certainly knows of the hard work it takes to run a business. “Grace has learned that if you can find the motivation and strength to push through, you can accomplish more than you thought possible. That’s what being an entrepreneur is all about. We wish her the best as she pursues her education at Missouri State University."

In case you might be looking for a cute, handmade scrunchie, dog bandana or steering wheel cover, you can visit Grace’s Etsy shop by clicking here.