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Success Story Archive

fresh vibe

Fresh juice bar owner has healthy business start

Entrepreneur Charlotte Brown will open Fresh Vibes, Rock Hill’s first juice bar in October 2014. Fresh Vibes will sell cold-pressed, unpasteurized juice blends, all natural fruit and vegetable smoothies, organic coffee drinks, as well as vegan and vegetarian food options.

Fresh Vibes’ unique, creative juice blends will aid in weight loss and contribute to an overall healthy lifestyle. Brown will focus on educating the community on the benefits of juicing and raw foods. She will hold classes on healthy weight loss using juice detoxifications, meditation and exercise.

With more than 20 years experience in retail management, Brown decided to cash out her 401K and take a business plan course at Winthrop University. While in school, she began working with the Small Business Development Center at Winthrop University on steps to open a juice bar. There she met business consultant Eduardo Venegas of the Rock Hill Area SBDC. They discussed Brown’s plans, potential locations for Fresh Vibes and start-up costs. After completing her MBA, Brown began to focus on her juicy enterprise.

Obtaining start-up funding was difficult. Brown had been turned down by a traditional bank, so Venegas suggested she work with Community Works, a mirco-lending firm based out of Greenville, SC. Venegas helped her fine tune a business plan explaining her juice bar concept and financials to Community Works, which funded her startup with a $23,000 loan.

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Pat Cameron

Business consultant Patricia Cameron is selected State Star as she celebrates 20 years with the SC SBDC

Patricia Cameron was recently selected the South Carolina Small Business Development Center (SC SBDC) network’s State Star, a distinction imparted by her peers. This honor is based on exemplary performance as a business consultant in specific key performance indicators, her enthusiasm for representing the network in the business community, her contributions to local economic development and her longstanding contributions to the SC SBDC.

For nearly 20 years, Cameron has worked with clients in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. As a business consultant at the Hilton Head Area SBDC, Cameron sees around 70 clients each year. Her clients range from organic grocery stores to coastal diving companies to upscale art galleries and frame shops.

Cameron offers all types of consulting expertise for both existing businesses and startups. The emphasis of the consulting she provides is in the areas of marketing and financial projections.

“Once those two areas are complete, the business plan is more than half finished,” Cameron said. “I like getting my clients comfortable with the financial side of their business. So, during our first meeting, we start a spreadsheet from scratch that illustrates income and expenses and the flow of money in a business.”

Cameron says clients are often intimidated with the financial side of business and she finds that creating a spreadsheet from scratch is a good exercise to help the client get comfortable with numbers. She says all clients, from professionals like lawyers, doctors and physical therapists to those who own restaurants and retail stores can benefit from a more thorough understanding of financial projections and cash flow.

Cameron states that the first counseling session with a new client usually lasts two hours, sometimes longer if things are rolling along.

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