Local Businesses find Opportunity through Women's Business Center's Support

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Local Businsses find opportunity through Women’s Business Center’s support

Company Profile
Pam McPeak, interior designer and owner of Southern Places Inc., has been featured in several magazines throughout South Carolina. For over 25 years, Pam’s expert designs have graced businesses and residences throughout the Midlands and in nine other states. Southern Places customers are individuals and corporations needing design services for existing space, new construction and renovation. In 2007, Pam’s business was featured in South Carolina Homes & Gardens, Columbia Metropolitan, Lake Murray Columbia, and Jolie magazines.

As a client of SCCE&WBC (www.scwbc.org), Pam took advantage of the marketing and technological services offered by SCCE&WBC to grow and expand her business. Pam stated, “the Center has helped me find incredible, cost-effective, resources while also making me focus on my business’ strategic growth. They helped me to upgrade the computer technology I used and coached me on how to use it.”

Pam graduated from Kendall School of Design (Kendall College of Art and Design) Grand Rapids, Michigan with a degree in Interior Design. She is a member of the American Society Interior Designers (ASID); Second Vice President, SCCID (South Carolina Coalition of Interior Designers); South Carolina Chairperson for Legislation, Carolina’s Chapter of ASID; member of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners); member of Greater Columbia, South Carolina, Chamber of Commerce; and sits on the Advisory Board for Compassionate Care.

Another client of SCCE&WBC, Worth Repeating of West Columbia, celebrates its one year anniversary on October 1st. After serving as the Executive Director for the Palmetto Center for Women and twenty years previous experience in non-profit management, Joy began her new business venture. Joy Campbell attended the Center’s “Are you Ready to Start a Business” class. “I worked with Bill Littlejohn to develop the feasibility of a consignment store and business plan after the class. The class helped me to recognize that I had the skills to be a small business owner.” Worth Repeating will be featured in Columbia Metropolitan magazine’s January 2009 issue. Joy Campbell said that the furniture consignment shop provides her customers an affordable alternative in an economic downturn. “I expect Worth Repeating to do well because we offer our customers quality products at an affordable price.”

Part of the Community
Both businesses believe that supporting community services is important. In addition to serving on boards, they give back from their business endeavors. Pam is currently donating her design expertise to the South Carolina Community Enterprise & Women’s Business Center with the renovation of its space at 1225 Laurel Street, Columbia, South Carolina. Joy has committed 10% of all sales on October 2nd, 3rd, and 4th to the HomeWorks Fall Blitz. She’s also coordinating donation of supplies and gathering volunteers for the Blitz on October 11. In the future she plans to support other local charities.

For more information about Southern Places visit their website at www.southernplacesinc.com or contact Pam at 803.788.0559. For more information about Worth Repeating contact Joy at 803.796.5556.

SCCE&WBC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA

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