Background


In 1996 Debbie May was working as a registered nurse and unexpectedly gave birth to disabled daughter. As her family struggled, Debbie learned the art of soap making and eventually started a small home based business named “May Showers”. Her products eventually sold coast-to-coast through retail stores, craft shows, home parties, and fundraisers. The money earned allowed her to pay the extra medical bills and put food on the table.

In 1998 Debbie was at a craft show and was approached by a woman hand making holiday ornaments. This woman asked Debbie if she was willing to teach her how to make soap. She went on to explain that she needed to learn a good selling craft to supplement her household income because her husband had recently lost his job. Debbie quickly said yes and gave this woman private classes. It was at that time that Debbie realized that her situation was not unique and many families could use help and extra money to “make ends meet.” Debbie was excited and passionate about helping others and it was this enthusiasm that led Debbie’s mother, Karen, to buy her a used computer. It was this computer that allowed Debbie to take care of the kids during the day and teach online classes (through chat lists and message boards) at night.

In 1999 Wholesale Supplies Plus was established as a way to provide the public with affordable, professional quality soap making, skincare and candle making supplies. Debbie saw a need to provide home based businesses access to the high quality materials that the “big guys” use to make retail products. Due to customer suggestions and cooperative vendors, the next 5 years provided tremendous growth for Wholesale Supplies Plus. Debbie’s husband Dave left his job teaching high school and came to work for the company.

Wholesale Supplies Plus, Inc. is a privately held corporation. Debbie and Dave May are sole shareholders and take an active “hands on” role in the daily operation of the company (it's not unusual for Debbie to take orders while Dave works in the warehouse). Although the company has grown, they still believe that every customer is equally important and deserves the highest level of customer support. Their company motto remains “Your Success Is Our Business”. Wholesale Supplies Plus currently stocks over 2,000 products that are packaged and ready to ship. They employ over 35 staff members and continue to help over 100,000 customers. 


Over the years, Debbie has become a recognized mentor, advocate and guiding light to the handmade industry.  In 2010 she launched Debbie May, LLC as a way of giving back and supporting the hand made community.  It is a free website in which you can find small business articles and resources for developing your craft into a profitable business.  You can find Debbie's most recent thoughts and happenings at Debbie May.com