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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals WEB SITE: www.quiltingbeez.com OWNER: Carole Bloom and Laurie Bird ESTABLISHED: Summer 2005 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Two DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS: Quilting B’s manufactures quilt kits, which gives parents, friends, party planners and others a fun and affordable party activity for baby and bridal showers, birthdays, anniversaries and other memorable events. Party guests decorate the included quilt squares, then send them back to us. We design and sew the squares into a beautiful keepsake quilt, which is mailed back to the honoree. We also design custom kits for bat and bar mitzvahs and teachers/classrooms. We create beautiful memorial quilts, T-shirt quilts, baby clothes quilts, Kanine and Kitty Keepsake quilts and a host of other wonderfully quilted gifts. Laurie Bird and Carole Bloom are the owners of Quilting B’s, a home-based store that allows customers to personalize and customize decorative quilts. BUSINESS NAME: Quilting B’s BUSINESS ADDRESS: 15641 Crownridge Place, Sherman Oaks PHONE: (818) 763-9532 IS THIS YOUR FIRST BUSINESS? No WHY DID YOU START THIS BUSINESS? We became increasingly sensitive to people’s need to have a tangible way to honor or commemorate special individuals, milestones and events in their lives. Originally, we created our quilt kits to give others an opportunity to design beautiful, fun, affordable keepsakes, with no artistic ability required. Since then, we’ve branched out to produce custom quilt kits and keepsake and memorial quilts for people and their pets. WHERE DID YOU GET THE IDEA? From numerous requests from our families and friends who don’t sew but wanted to be a part of designing their keepsakes. HOW LONG WAS IT FROM CONCEPT TO OPENING? Six months. WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THAT TIME? We worked on refining our kits; designed packaging; bought fabrics, embellishments, fabric pens; and created a copyrighted sewing guide and instruction sheet, all which goes into each kit. We designed our own logo, stationery, business cards and order forms, and then built our own Web site. What we didn’t know, we learned. WHAT WERE YOUR STARTUP COSTS AND HOW DID YOU FINANCE THE BUSINESS? Our startup costs were minimal, considering we were doing all the buying, designing, running around and sewing ourselves. Initially, we put everything on credit cards. The total cost was less than $1,000. WHO DID YOU RELY ON FOR ADVICE? Mostly our friends, who’d already started businesses on their own, and our supportive husbands. WHAT HADN’T YOU CONSIDERED BEFORE OPENING? We thought word of mouth would get us going, and it did bring in a few local customers, but it took some research to figure out how to reach people all over the United States. WHAT IS YOUR EXPECTED REVENUE THIS YEAR? After only five months in business, Quilting B’s will make $10,000 by the end of 2005. WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE COMPANY? We plan to expand our marketing to make our quilt kits available in stores across the country. To be considered for a small business profile, you should have fewer than 10 employees and be locally based. For a free profile questionnaire, call (818) 713-3699.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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