SUCCESS STORY FOR
Sewed Squared LLC was launched in late 2021 by owner Sheri Hudson who had spent the last fifteen years meeting a need in her community as a freelance seamstress making costumes, band uniforms, and everyday clothing. Sheri recognized a need in the area for more than just sewing and quilting supplies, she saw a need for education, so the shop offers classes and workshops for beginners as well as advanced quilters.
Sheri approached the TSBDC in August 2021 with the idea of turning her freelance sewing into a business. With a quilt shop in mind, she needed the TSBDC’s help to start the business process. Our Dyersburg office started Sheri in Live Plan to begin putting the pieces together of her business plan. Sheri was also advised on capital options for start-up funding. The TSBDC consultant reviewed and suggested edits to the business plan while educating Sheri on financial projections and helping her prepare her credit application. With the assistance of the TSBDC Sheri was able to obtain a small business line of credit with a local lender to lease a location and purchase inventory and equipment.
Since opening Sewed Squared has had a successful first year holding numerous workshops and increasing sales. Sheri has added value to the community through her business by sponsoring the local middle school softball team and partnering with the local pet shelter to make over 100 pet beds for incoming rescues.
The next step for Sheri will be to continue working with the TSBDC on strategic growth planning and digital marketing. Sheri says, “I am thankful for the expert business counseling I received from the TSBDC because it seems to be working.”
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