Event Décor Galore – Client Celebration

Seithia Martin

Seithia MartinSeithia Martin traded a career in property management for a more personal form of management — event planning. This September she opened Event Décor Galore in Petersburg.

“I’m a people person,” Martin says. “I love to decorate and design with colors and flowers.”

Martin’s first stop in planning her business was the Crater Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Longwood University where she met with Crater SBDC Director Ellen Templeton.

Uptech – Client Celebration

Kayla Baldino and Jane Whaling
CONSULTANT Brandon Hennessey
INDUSTRY IT services

Kayla Baldino and Jane WhalingUptech, as the name implies, knows what’s up with technology.

“We started as a business-to-business model doing IT work, website development and security work,” Jane Whaling said. “Recently we’ve added cell phone and computer repair.”

This is the second Uptech location for the Whalings who live in Richmond.…

Mattie B’s – Client Celebration

Matilda Hunsicker
CONSULTANT Michael Duncan
INDUSTRY boutique store

Matilda HunsickerMattie B’s in downtown Stuart specializes in “a little something for everyone.”

“I bring the city to town,” Matilda Hunsicker said of her Main Street business in the town of 1,300.

Hunsicker started her business with a booth in the town emporium.…

Ellett’s Embroidery – Client Celebration

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.…