Brittany Washington had a dream and the former University of Arkansas at Monticello student knew just where to look for help.
Washington grew up in a single-parent household where her mother shopped at resale stores to clothe her family affordably. She realized Monticello-area families needed a place to buy and sell gently used children’s clothing and baby items.
Washington decided to start her own business to meet the need for affordable children’s clothing and turned to the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center at the University of Arkansas at Monticello for help.
As a first-time entrepreneur, Washington met with Lindsay Henry, the center’s director, to map out a business strategy that included registering her business for a sales and use tax identification number. Henry was able to help Washington plan her grand opening, develop a marketing strategy, plan inventory management strategies and review best hours of operation.
In August, Washington opened Mini Dreams Children’s Resale Shop on the downtown square. The store is packed with kids’ fashions from toddlers to pre-teens and is open Wednesday through Saturday. Mini Dreams’ Facebook page (facebook.com/shopminidreams) shares items the business is selling or seeking to purchase.
“The UAM ASBTDC has been a regular resource for all of my business questions,” said Washington. “The staff is friendly and truly interested in helping my business succeed.”
ASBTDC assists start-ups, existing businesses and expanding businesses. The center at UAM serves nine counties in southeast Arkansas. For your free, confidential consulting session contact the UAM office at (870) 460-1910.
The UAM Small Business and Technology Development Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration through a partnership with the UA- Little Rock College of Business and UAM.