Author Archive | Maria

Another Bead Break!

Just had to share these new beauties! These art glass beads were made by the very talented artisan, Kim Neely.  They are hollow, but substantial, with a beautiful apricot/caramel color.  The sparkle is beyond belief!  Just wait until you see what I conjure up with these.  If you appreciate these little gems, and would like […]

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The Business Plan – Management

This section describes the company structure, key management team members, their function and strengths. My company will have a jewelry designer, a jewelry fabricator, a customer service representative, a marketing specialist, a financial executive, an office manager and a salesperson. All of them will be me.  Why do I think I can handle all this?  […]

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My Foster Pup

Here is a photo of our pup, Perky.  She was 4 months old at the time.  We got her when she was 11 weeks old and she is now 8 1/2 months old.  I will be posting more photos  of her along the way, but this is my favorite photo of her – she looks […]

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The MJSA Expo vs. The Business Plan

Just back from an exhausting but invigorating three days at the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America trade show in NYC.  My favorite seminar was  on current/future jewelry trends and how runway styles translate into everyday fashion – exciting information which I will be sharing in an upcoming post. In my Business Plan, I budgeted […]

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The Business Plan – Market Analysis, Part II

Back to business! Part II of the Market Analysis in the Business Plan is all about the competition. How does my company’s product and service compare to the competition in price, service and location? What is the market share and potential of each competitor? What is their reputation and image in the market? The first […]

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A Business Plan Break – Why Buy Handmade?

I admit, I am NOT a business person.  I do whatever I need to do to make sure my business will run smoothly, but my business posts are a bit dry, if you know what I mean.  So forgive me for interspersing non-business posts along with the business ones – if I didn’t do so, […]

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