Sportsheets Nominated for OC Business Journal’s 2013 Family-owned Business Award

Sportsheets Nominated for OC Business Journal’s 2013 Family-owned Business Award

Family-owned-and-operated manufacturer honored for local business excellence

Sportsheets® has received a coveted commendation from the Orange County Business Journal with a nomination for its 14th annual Family Owned Business Awards. Named alongside some of the most respected mainstream companies in southern California, Sportsheets holds an especially unique standing as this is the first time the publication has recognized a family-run operation for its success in the business of bondage and pleasure.

Every year the Orange County Business Journal carefully selects a group of local family-owned firms to honor their business accomplishments and contributions to the community. Sportsheets stands alongside an impressive list of fellow nominees, including Anaheim White House, Friar Tux Shop, Nekter Juice Bar, Pacific Coast Orthopaedic Institute, and Rogers Gardens, to name a few.

Founded by company CEO Tom Stewart in 1993, Sportsheets® quickly became a family business when his sister, Julie Stewart, joined as a business partner. Since then, several other members of the Stewart family have joined the Sportsheets® team and the company has grown to become a true family affair.

And now the company boasts a genuine commitment to product quality and domestic manufacturing while employing more than 60 local contractors and employees.

“We create and maintain jobs within our community and beyond and are dedicated to sustaining local and U.S.-based manufacturing processes as part of our ongoing pledge to make a positive impact on our economy,” Sportsheets® President Julie Stewart. “It’s an honor to be a part of the Family Owned Business Awards and we look forward to celebrating with the other nominees at next month’s gala event!”

This recognition comes to the family-owned-and-operated manufacturer following two consecutive honors as one of Orange County Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Private Companies in 2012 and 2013.

“I am so proud of the company that Sportsheets has become over the last two decades and to see how welcomed we are within the mainstream business community,” Tom Stewart said. “Especially after being inducted into Inc. magazine’s 5000 fastest-growing businesses list, we’re showing the world that adult businesses like Sportsheets are significant and successful – and serious contenders for awards like these.”

The 2013 Family-owned Business Awards will take place during a luncheon Nov. 13 from 12 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine, Calif.

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Sportsheets® International has helped ordinary couples find new pleasure and explore new positions together with specialized “relationship tools” since 1993, when the Sportsheet™ Bondage Bed Sheet sexual positioning and restraint system broke into the market. The company now offers more than 350 specialty items, including the Sportsheets® Premium restraints, sexual positioning products, and strap-on harnesses; the award winning Sex&Mischief® line of products for beginners; the Manbound collection for gay couples; Naughty Night Out™ bachelorette line; Tease the Season™ Christmas novelties; XOXO2U™ Collection of Sportsheets®-inspired romance; and the award-winning Sex in The Shower collection. All of the company’s brands individually and collectively support its goal of Keeping Couples Connected!®