Local business Breezy Quarters has been named a winner of The 2018 American Small Business Championship by SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. The Championship awarded this title to 102 entrepreneurs for their dedication to the success of their small businesses, awarding them an all-expense-paid trip to a training and networking event, SCORE mentoring and publicity throughout the year, and a chance to win one of three $15,000 grand prizes, made possible with the support of Sam’s Club.
Breezy Quarters earned the title of American Small Business Champion by submitting an online application describing what makes their business one of the best small businesses in their community, and how they plan to use the prizes to grow their business. Nominations that garnered at least 100 votes were then presented to a judging panel of small business experts that determined 102 winners including Breezy Quarters.
Breezy Quarters is located on Trinity St in Abbeville, SC and handcrafts bath products like soap, lotion, lip balm, bath bombs, and soy candles. They began their business at home and sold at farmers markets and craft shows across the Carolinas before opening the brick and mortar store in September 2016. With only one employee, and a family to take care of Paige Bowser, founder of Breezy Quarters hopes to grow the business by increasing awareness of the Abbeville store, increasing online sales, and getting their No Melt Lip Balms into other stores to ensure that they can continue to live the American Dream and be a fixture in the community. Paige dreams of offering more jobs and one day owning one of the buildings in the Historic Abbeville Square.
Breezy Quarters has been honored to be selected as Business of the Year in 2017 by WCTEL, Is a member of the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild, and certified advanced soap maker. Breezy Quarters donates soap to the Abbeville Food Bank several times a year, as well as many school, civic and religious organizations, and is a big advocate for music eduction in schools.
“I am so humbled that the community has rallied around our efforts. Every one of the 4000 votes we received in this contest lifted my spirits and has propelled us forward to improve our business, reach more people, and be a longstanding member of the business community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” Says Paige Bowser, owner of Breezy Quarters
SCORE congratulates and celebrates these 102 American Small Business Champions, who represent some of the best small businesses in America,” said SCORE CEO Ken Yancey. “We are proud to reward these passionate and hardworking entrepreneurs with business mentoring, publicity and additional networking and training opportunities, and we look forward to watching them utilize these tools to further grow their business success.”
“Supporting entrepreneurs has been a part of who we are for nearly 35 years,” said Tracey D. Brown, Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Experience Officer at Sam’s Club. “Many of our members own a small business and we appreciate having the opportunity to help them as they find creative solutions to problems they face on a day to day basis. The 102 winners celebrated through the American Small Business Championship are excellent examples of how innovation, persistence and knowing your customers can help an entrepreneur overcome obstacles and we congratulate them on their accomplishments.”
Breezy Quarters is also eligible to win one of three additional $15,000 grand prizes, by being named Grand Champion. A judging panel of small business experts will select three Grand Champion from the group of small business champions this summer. Selection will be based on how effectively Champions utilize their prizes to grow business revenue or operations, as well as how effectively the winners promoted the Championship in the media and social media.
Submitted by Paige Bowser