"Especially For Me" sizes 12 & up - Janie G. Munoz was planning a lady's plus size apparel retail shop in Alice, Texas when she came to the Del Mar College SBDC for assistance. Her plan was to cater to the needs of full figure women and young ladies, by carrying clothing 12 & up. Janie did extensive research on existing plus size retail stores in Corpus Christi and found there is a great demand for plus size clothing and current retailers are clearly not meeting this need. The selection in plus sizes is very limited at best. Her new retail store would carry plus size clothes that will meet the growing demands of clothing for all occasions including business, casual, sporting, and everyday wear. She would also carry a nice selection of wide size footwear and accessories. Ms. Munoz met with her counselor, Larry Ellis, to help prepare a business plan and detailed financial projections for the business. Larry Ellis assisted in the financing of the project by helping to put together a comprehensive loan package to present to local banks. Janie Munoz presented her loan package to three local banks in Alice. The SBA 7(a) loan was approved by 1st Community Bank in Alice. Larry Ellis prepared the SBA forms and guided the bank through processing the SBA loan. The client is currently working with her contractor to prepare for the construction of her new store soon. Janie Munoz is a great story of a determined entrepreneur who sees a need and fills it. The community is anxiously waiting for the opening of her new store.

 

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