When Sharon Schill, owner of Growth Spurtz Children’s Store in Murphy, came to Tri-County Community College’s Small Business Center (SBC) in July of 2015, she had a clear vision of the business she wanted to open.
“Sharon had operated a very successful children’s resale store in Florida,” said Kathryn Jenkins, director of the SBC. “She also had an extensive background in accounting and marketing her previous store, which was extremely beneficial in opening her new business.”
Schill worked with Jenkins for six months before opening her store in January 2016. Within her first six months in operation, Schill said she knew she needed to expand her business.
“We ended up securing additional funding in order for Growth Spurtz to move into a new space that was more than double her previous location’s size,” Jenkins said. “Now Sharon has the required space to boost her inventory to meet the needs of our community.”
According to Schill, a former Tri-County Community College student, Growth Spurtz offers both new and “pre-loved” clothing for children from infants to 12 years old. They also provide larger items such as furniture and toys for children.
“Because of our unique concept, customers have something new and exciting to choose from when they come into our store,” Schill said. “We have a large variety in the products we can offer to our local community.”
Growth Spurtz recently opened its newly-renovated space in the Beechwood Plaza next to Brothers Restaurant, Jenkins said.
“Working with Kathryn and the Small Business Center has been very helpful in finding the resources we needed to open,” Schill said.
Jenkins said she has enjoyed her follow up appointments with Schill to discuss further resources the SBC can provide to Growth Spurtz.
“I am thrilled with Sharon’s success and her impact on our local economy,” Jenkins said. “It’s great to see first-hand how receptive the community has been during her first year in operation.”
For more information about Tri-County Community College’s Small Business Center, call 835-9564. For more information about Growth Spurtz Children’s Store, visit www.facebook.com/Growthspurtznc/.
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