Kim Anderson has been a successful retailer and business leader for more than 35 years, starting in the management and buying departments of Jordan Marsh and Macy’s. She is former owner of the home store Teapots & Tassels, Co., where she was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 1991 by the SBA and “Citizen of the Year” in 2005. In 2009 she co-founded, with her 15-year-old daughter, Ava Anderson Non-Toxic, the nation’s safest full line of personal care and home cleaning products, sold via direct sales. Their business educated millions of American families on the dangers of harmful chemicals in conventional products for humans and the environment, with the support of 18,000 independent Representatives. In six years, they reached $60M run rate, were honored by Inc. Magazine, Fortune and Entrepreneur, and sold in 2016. She and her family are impact investors against climate crisis, specifically with an interest in alternative proteins. In 2019 she created and co-founded PLANT CITY, the world’s first and largest plant-based food hall with celebrity chef Matthew Kenney, as an impact investment to show that food systems can be sustainable and delicious. In 2021 she opened two PLANT CITY X’s, the northeast’s first plant-based drive-thru’s in Middletown and Warwick, RI. She was recently chosen to be fifth RI’er to be entered into RI Entrepreneur Hall of Fame by the Met School. Kim is a board member of Lincoln School, Social Enterprise Greenhouse, Collis Foundation and EverHope Foundation, a judge for Rhode Island Business Competition, and mentors many socially responsible entrepreneurs.