Did you know that more than half of all Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year?
As part of National Small Business Week, coming May 4-8, 2015, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners, and others from all 50 states and U.S. territories. Every day, they’re working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.
My father owned a small flower shop in our little town of Flushing, Michigan. The shop was called the “Caron Lee Flower Shop;” Yes, it was named after me. My Mother-in-Law owned an antique shop downtown (Trudy’s Antiques), my husband owns and operates Mosey’s Woodworks, and as you may know, HandQuiltingSupplies.com is my online baby.
A small business needs a few things to help make it successful: a good product, a commitment to quality, dedication to good service, and…customers. Honesty, integrity and a good work ethic are critical qualities in a small business person. Without those qualities, the business will not last.
As quilters, we love going into a quilt shop where we can pet the fabric, use all of our senses to see, touch, hear, and yes, SMELL the fabric and atmosphere around us. Quilt shops have been known to have cookies and coffee on hand (taste!), and I think any quilt shop I have ever walked into had a bell on the door. Most shops I frequent also have a cat or dog somewhere on the premises.
HandQuiltingSupplies.com may not have a door for you to walk through, but we do have Stormie the (furry) Quilt Inspector here to monitor traffic. There is usually a coffee pot running and munchies on the counter. Our shop is continually adding products that YOU have requested. If you have quilting questions, you’re always welcome to send an email and you will receive a response from a hand quilter with 40 years’ experience… not someone behind the counter who has never made a quilt.
I can honestly say that since the business opened in June of 2014, I have had the most wonderful customers! This has been a learning process for me…and you have all been fantastic about sharing ideas, suggestions, and caring support. If I had to name just one thing that I wish I could change, that would be the cost to ship your goodies to you. It’s out of my control. But my husband enjoys building remote control vehicles, so who knows… maybe ours will be the first online quilt shop with a drone to bring you your packages!
Hand Quilting Supplies
205 Brookside Drive. Flushing, MI U.S.A. 48433