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Phyllis and Jerry LawsonBusiness Development Center Participants
Phyllis and Jerry Lawson approached Southern Good Faith Fund’s Business Development Center in 2002 for assistance in developing a business plan that would support the start of a small floral business. After the business plan was completed, the Lawsons were approved for a $190,000 loan by Bank of Star City located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Lawson’s Flowers and Gifts opened in 2002 and is located on Dollarway Road in Pine Bluff. Lawson’s Flowers and Gifts offers a wide range of unique gifts for occasions such as graduations, baby showers, birthday parties, and much more. The business also delivers fresh flowers to any part of the country.
In 2007, a second branch was opened in the Watson Chapel area. The business currently employs eight employees in its two branches.
“It was a great experience to work with the wonderful staff at the Business Development Center”. The help we received helped us organize, plan and obtain the financing that we needed to start our businesses,” says Phyllis.
The business’ next focus is to grow the profitability of both its locations.