After several years of selling purses and accessories at various events, Kimberly Boozer decided it was time to move her business into a store-front boutique.
Kimberly first wanted business counseling, such as that provided by SCORE. She learned of SCORE from Magic Johnson’s book, 32 Ways To Be A Champion In Business, which mentions SCORE as an ideal organization to contact before opening a small business.
Following Magic Johnson’s suggestion, Kimberly contacted SCORE and began meeting with SCORE counselor Marge Schneider. During a series of consultations, Marge helped Kimberly evaluate the pros and cons of pursuing her ambition and determine the best course of action for achieving its realization.
In May 2009, Kimberly was able to open her boutique in Country Club Hills, Illinois under the name of Purses Plus. As Kimberly said, “SCORE counselor Marge Schneider gave me the reassurance that I needed to pursue my dream of opening a handbag boutique. Marge recognized that I already had a comprehensive understanding of my business and suggested that I not reinvent the wheel. She advised me to continue to learn my industry and not to overspend on merchandise. Talking things over with Marge boosted my confidence which allowed me to move my business to the next level.”