I have owned my own business since 1992, I owned and fully operated a children's clothing and gift shop from 1992-2006. From 2006 to present, I have owned and operated a bridal registry/stationery and gift shop.
Owning and operating my own business has given me extensive experience in purchasing/ordering, inventory control, problem solving, customer relations, multi-tasking as well as strong interpersonal skills with customers and employees.
I have been attending Atlanta's International Gift Mart since well before 1992 and have been the sole buyer for both businesses. My skills in buying and the knowledge of the tabletop industry have grown over the past 7 years as my main focus with my business has been to grow the bridal registry. In 2012 we successfully launched our on line bridal registry and have begun aggressively growing on several social media sites.
Increased sales and bridal registry by 75% through advertising campaign, participation in local bridal shows and continuously increasing knowledge of tabletop industry and current trends;
Created and maintained a presence on social media sites and launched on line bridal registry in 2012 which currently has over 19 brides
Have organized and hosted promotions and/or trunk shows with several different vendors over the years to create more awareness of the lines available to our customers
Developed and implemented communication techniques with employees to assure knowledge of tasks expected as well as always being approachable
Began all bookkeeping, ordering and operations of family owned business in 2004 (due to Mother's illness) while still operating Offspring children's shop. Closed Offspring in 2006 to allow for 100% focus on bridal registry/gift business. Have been operating this business since then and have grown the bridal registry and clientele by roughly 75%.
Purchased existing retail business: maintained all ordering, all bookkeeping, oversaw all employees and customer relations. Increased sales each year through promotions, advertising and growing email list
Inspected day care homes and facilities for the state regulation system of North Carolina
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