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Bajalia International Group

“Changing the World while Shopping the World”.

  • Stage $1M in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Retailing / Distribution
  • Location Winter Park, FL, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded July 2009
  • Employees 15
  • Website

Company Summary

Bajalia International Group (BIG) is a retail and wholesale provider of home, fashion and jewelry goods, hand made by artisans. BIG is a worldwide distributor with a production network is comprised of artisans in more than 20 of the most underdeveloped countries across the globe with 80% of our workforce being women. In turn, this enables the artisans to become economically sustainable and support their families and communities.


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    Debbie Farah
    CEO and Owner

    Debbie Farah is a Social Entrepreneur and CEO-founder of BIG. Prior to starting Bajalia she held executive advertising, design, product development and strategy roles for major fortune 500 companies and retailers. Ms. Farah also serves on several non-profit advisory boards, including the Business Council for Peace. Ms. Farah was as named one of “150 Women who shake the World” by Newsweek-Daily Beast in 2011 for her work with women globally.

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    Mike Shemelya

    Mike Shemelya is a retired partner from Ernst & Young LLP who provided audit and business advisory services to both public and private companies in the technology, entertainment, retail, manufacturing and defense industries. After his 29 year career at Ernst & Young, he served as CFO of the Planet Hollywood International Group prior to joining Bajalia. Mr.Shemelya is a CPA and holds a Masters of Accountancy degree from the University of Florida.


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    Randy Alligood, Broad and Cassel
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    Marni Spence, Clifton Larson Allen

Previous Investors

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    AP Capital Partners, Frantz Alphonse, Allen Keene
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    Sheryl WuDunn, Zahi Khouri, Ryan Burrow
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    Dean Tanella, Edye Haddock, Greg Zuckerman