I was really nervous about starting my own promotional materials company, but I’d worked in the field already and been very successful. My husband said, “Why not do that for yourself?” We were about to become empty nesters and it seemed like a good time to try. I knew with my husband’s support, I could do anything.
I’ve been in business seven years now, and last year we grossed over $1 million. We handle all kinds of promotional items—clothing, backpacks, water bottles, hats, pens, you name it. My husband quit his job and works with me. We work really long hours, but we love it.
Six months into my business, I needed to buy an embroidery machine. The banks said no, but Accion said yes. Since then I’ve taken out five loans from Accion for equipment, payroll and storage. I think this year will be our biggest year yet.