MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD)- Each enterprise on the 426 Coleman Boulevard Purchasing Middle in Mount Nice has one factor in widespread, they’re all owned by girls.
Diane Anglin was the primary girls to personal a enterprise within the strip mall and extra feminine homeowners have joined her through the years.
“To have been right here in a single location for therefore lengthy is necessary to your shoppers as a result of even when they transfer away they arrive again,” mentioned Anglin. “It’s fairly wonderful. We’re very lucky to be right here.”
Prior to now few months, Monique Semper moved into the far left unit along with her companies. She moved Charleston Tuxedo and Yoj Occasions from Charleston to Mount Nice. Since then, all the companies have been owned by girls.
“My mother and father have been enterprise homeowners and I simply come from an extended line of ‘Do it your self,’ and the sky is the restrict and there’s no room for failure,” mentioned Semper.
She had been in search of the area to accommodate a good friend of hers who wanted a spot to run her florist enterprise. Kimberly Findlay makes use of the again of Semper’s retailer to make preparations for graduations and weddings.
“It’s very empowering that everybody within the constructing is a girls enterprise proprietor. I’ve been seeing this trade develop increasingly with girls in cost and operating their very own companies and making the cash that we ought to be making,” mentioned Finlay, who owns Coastal Creations.
The opposite companies within the strip mall embrace two diet shops, an insurance coverage agent and a health care provider. Alex Presswood is the co-owner of Lillie Gasoline, the place she and her mother-in-law make child meals for households.
“We’re principally simply mothers making an attempt to assist out different mothers and empower girls usually,” mentioned Presswood. “When COVID-19 hit I misplaced my job and I used to be in a position to do that full time.”
In accordance the america Small Enterprise Administration, girls accounted for 48.8 % of staff and owned 43.9 % of companies in South Carolina in 2021. South Carolina can also be the fourth ranked state for the expansion of ladies owned companies.
To the entire girls within the constructing meaning empowering one another.
“To say ‘You already know we’re all feminine owned companies,’ it’s a reasonably large deal,” mentioned Anglin.
“We truthfully simply made it work. We’re tiny however mighty is what we wish to say,” mentioned Semper.
For the youthful enterprise homeowners like Presswood and her mother-in-law they bounce concepts off of the ladies who’re additionally moms within the constructing.
“All of us have completely different methods, trades and completely different concepts of what children will and won’t eat so we are able to at all times present different mothers” mentioned Presswood.
Irrespective of the enterprise the ladies are at all times there to assist their neighbors.
“I believe all of us assist one another within the sense that now we have so much in widespread and we are able to work nicely collectively,” mentioned Findlay.