By Paula Burkes
Copyright 2020, The Oklahoman
Editor’s note: William Petty is CEO of Stillwater-based Bubble Calm, which was first place winner in the High Growth Graduate Division of the 2019 Love’s Cup competition
Q: I understand you’re marketing a product that helps people in times like these. What is it?
A: Bubble Calm is a functional chewing gum with natural active ingredients that promote relaxation.
The gum is an easily accessible aid in times of stress or uncertainty.
Q: What are the relaxing ingredients?
A: There are three relaxing ingredients: valerian root, chamomile and gamma-aminobutyric acid. These ingredients have been used for their relaxing properties for thousands of years. Additionally, chewing a piece of gum is a relaxing practice in itself.
Q: How does the gum promote relaxation?
A: The active ingredients interact with the GABA receptors in your brain to help reduce hyperactivity in your central nervous system.
The relaxing effects become more intense when the product is used routinely.
Q: Where is Bubble Calm produced?
A:Bubble Calm is produced by two Oklahoma State University seniors, myself and our Chief Operating Officer Walter Bowser, in collaboration with a food processing engineer. The gum is produced at the Meridian Technology Center for Business Development in Stillwater.
Q: Where can consumers order Bubble Calm?
A: Bubble Calm is available for purchase at bubblecalm.net. Use the code “OKLAHOMA” for 20% off your order.