Ellett’s Embroidery – Client Celebration

CONSULTANT Kim Ray
CLIENT SINCE 2011
INDUSTRY clothing embroidery

Wendy Ellett in store

Ellett’s Embroidery is an at-home business that grew.

“I worked out of my home for 12 years,” Wendy Ellett said. “I always wanted to be my own boss. I guess it runs in the family — I have a sister and aunt who own their own embroidery business.”

Five years ago Ellett’s moved to the Shoppes at College Park Center.…

Expressions Beauty Salon – Client Celebration

CONSULTANT Kim Ray
CLIENT SINCE 2016
INDUSTRY beauty salon

Tabitha Blanton picture

Tabitha Blanton likes being her own boss — she’s been self-employed for the past 18 years.

“This is my God-given gift — it’s what I want to do,” she said. “You’re a one-man army; you take care of everything.”

When Blanton decided to open her own salon, she went to SBDC.…

Court House Repair – Client Celebration

CONSULTANT Kim Ray
CLIENT SINCE 2016
INDUSTRY auto services

Brian and Gretchen with Harrison

Court House Repair is a new business that hit the ground rolling.

“We opened in July and haven’t had a slow day yet,” Brian Hughes said. “My wife Gretchen and I knew there was a need for a car and truck repair business in Charlotte Court House — we just didn’t know how much of a need.”

Hughes, who previously worked at the Charlotte County bus shop, has been in the automotive repair business 20 years.…

Uptown Coffee Cafe

CONSULTANT Sheri McGuire
CLIENT SINCE 2014
INDUSTRY food services
Uptown Coffee CafeUptown Coffee Cafe already had a successful location in Victoria when the LSBDC and the Farmville Downtown Partnership recruited them to open a Farmville location. Providing business planning and financial modeling helped them complete buildout and open within 75 days.