Total loan: $7,000
Salem, OR, United States / Retail
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A loan helped purchase additional inventory to add to the existing base, making this new shop more competitive with those mature shops in surrounding communities.
My early years were spent in the mid-west and southeast coast, where my parents bought houses we remodeled while we lived in them. They always had two or three businesses running in tandem with those projects. Eventually we moved to the desert southwest, where I went to high school. It has always seemed natural for me to have my own business. Today I am in the lovely forests of Oregon. I have a beautiful quilt shop that sees new customers daily. I have learned to teach people how to make art with fabric and how to make my own professional patterns. I have been fortunate that the selection of goods that I offer are those that a wide variety of quilters enjoy. I often choose fabric months ahead of the time that it finally arrives. For instance, I chose the fabrics for Christmas 2017 in October 2016. I know that I will need to have an on line presence to remain competitive. I need time to learn how that aspect will work (how to set up a web site for sales, how to get paid, best shipping practices), and that means more help in the shop today so I am not constrained from learning. I had a business in the past. I appraised commercial and industrial property in small town and rural areas of Oregon. The business grew very quickly in 2005, 2006 and 2007, stalled in mid 2008 and crashed to nothing by the end of that year. I learned a lot during that time that I have been able to transfer directly into my new enterprise. Most importantly, I learned that I am able to provide what folks are looking for simply by listening carefully to what they say.