Total loan: $5,000
Little Rock, AR, United States / Clothing
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A loan helped pay for booth fees and other expenses associated with setting up at wholesale market in January.
I was born into a creative and entrepreneurial family who make Arkansas’s Ozark Mountains their home. My dad’s parents have sold antiques since before I was born; dad chose to join the “natural state’s” top industry, becoming a farmer. My mom’s parents owned a rainbow trout farm/gift shop as well as an Italian restaurant; mom became a nurse. Growing up running around all of these places made for an ideal childhood that nurtured both my creativity and an ingrained a familiarity with the “small business.” Around my tenth birthday, my grandmothers, through their businesses, brought out my interest in jewelry making, leading to years of making friendship bracelets and earrings for my school friends. This hobby led first to my first outside-the-family job at a local bead store, and then to selling my designs on consignment. I dabbled in jewelry design and continued to work at the bead store through college, but was drawn to Interior Design. Interior Design gave me a chance to express my creativity in a new way, and led me to relocate to Little Rock in 2007. The economic downturn caused me to fall back onto what I knew so well - beads and jewelry. It became obvious to me that this was my calling. Fast forward six years (filled with lots of traveling, art shows, and personal development) to today and I am ready to grow my business.