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Elaine Plowman has the heart of an entrepreneur.  Elaine, for many years, had dreamed about owning her own business; and as a displaced manufacturing warehouse manager, she realized the time was now to start her own business.  She applied and was accepted into the North Carolina Project GATE (Growing America Through Entrepreneurship) program.  Elaine constantly scanned the environment to determine a good opportunity for a new business.  After careful consideration and with the help of her GATE counselor, Elaine decided to start a consignment store in Richfield called All-Around Consignments & More.  She opened for business in January 2011.

Elaine has been innovative in marketing her new store.  She has partnered with the Small Business Center in hosting entrepreneurial seminars and continues to utilize traditional marketing including newspaper ads, flyer distributions, magazine ads, restaurant menus, coupons, gift certificates, storewide sales, word of mouth and new ideas via social media, internet marketing and gorilla marketing techniques.  Additionally, Elaine and her staff have consistently attended Stanly Community College Small Business seminars and sought the help of SBC Director, Tom George, on several different issues, including marketing and finance.  According to Elaine, “I have been very thankful for the help and support of the Small Business Center at Stanly Community College. I really believe in utilizing all the support that is out there including the SBC, Project GATE and Chamber of Commerce”.

For a free consultation on how the Small Business Center can help you, contact Frank Tamberelli at 704-991-0182 or