Shoes, purses, jewelry, tops and sundresses are some of the items found at Plush Boutique, a women's retail store in Oakdale, LA.
Owned by 62-year-old, Charlott, her business differs from others within the area as she fills her inventory with items, one in each size, which she finds in cities like Houston and San Antonio.
Charlott jumped at the opportunity to create her own business. "It was strange at first, " she said as she was constantly looking for someone else to assist her within her 30 years of sales experience. "It took a bit of getting used to."
In the future, she plans to hire employees, but for now, "I just plan to make this location grow," Charlott said.
Other than requesting a loan from a bank, Charlott went straight to ACCION Texas Inc. after attending a Louisiana Business Incubation Association, or LBIA, conference, she said.
She said the loan will help her business grow by allowing her to have more inventory, which will then result in more traffic. Without it, she said, "I would have to pay out of pocket and ask family to help me out."
At the moment, she does not have a social media page but is working to gain more customers and another computer, local newspaper ads, and business cards.
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