“Amy had a very clearly defined plan for what she wanted to do with her business,” remembers Hart. “ I served as a sounding board for ideas, answered questions, and helped her with a financial analysis.”
Hart also brought in several additional SCORE counselors who had experience in retail operations to guide McGinley with the specific aspects of the retail end of her business. Together, all of the counselors provided the individualized help McGinley needed every step of the way.
“There was so much that I did not know about before I opened the business,” says McGinley. “ I had a lot of ideas that were handwritten or in my head, but Peter pushed me to formally get my thoughts on paper so I knew exactly what I wanted my business to be.”
So Me opened in October, 2009, and has established a steady sales volume in its start up year. During that time, McGinley has seen her artist list and clientele increase. And having her own business has allowed her to involve her family in her daily life, including her mother and mother-in-law, who work in the store, and her six month old son, who shares a smile with everyone who walks through the door.
“Everything is going well,” McGinley says enthusiastically.“ Everything we make still goes into the business, but we have now paid back our initial investment. More importantly, I love what I do. The support from my customers has been amazing…the doors just keep opening.”