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WNC Woman Turns $100 Into Profitable Business

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Angie Bridges started Creative Gift Packaging 13 years ago.  She now employs 10 people and has plans to expand. Angie Bridges started Creative Gift Packaging 13 years ago. She now employs 10 people and has plans to expand.

Angie Bridges went from making gift baskets with supplies kept inside her bedroom closet, to providing items for those wanting to craft their own gift baskets.

"I never really expected it to be what it is. We have been blessed," Bridges said.

Her 12,000 sq. ft. Creative Gift Packaging warehouse is a dream come true.

Thirteen years ago, Bridges was a stay-at-home mom and would design customized gifts for her neighbors, and through word-of-mouth her talents were in-demand.

"We started with just $100. We were in bind and anything was better than nothing" Bridges said.

Every penny she earned Bridges would use to buy more supplies until eventually she began selling the materials for gift baskets.

"It feels good to be able to have something to offer people," says Bridges.

And does she ever have something to offer; her warehouse is packed to the ceiling with goods.

Her 10 employees also keep busy shipping boxes of craft supplies across the globe.

But Bridges is the first to admit that becoming your own boss is no easy walk down the aisle.

Opening a small business isn't for the faint of heart.

It takes a lot of time, hard work and some cash; however, there is help out there for those who need it.

Most states offer aid to small businesses. One resource in North Carolina is the Small Business Center.

"Small businesses really are our future," says Faye Bishop, director of the SBC at Isothermal Community College.

Bishop helps people get a plan together, find capital and can even pair aspiring entrepreneurs with those already working.

"The desire and the idea of what they want to do has to be there," Bishop said.

She suggests to anyone wanting to launch their own venture -- start small.

Take it from Bridges, originally she only needed to bring home some quick money, and now her business has slowly developed into a life-long career.

"I would like it to be a place where my kids and grandkids could run and hopefully make a lot more successful," says Bridges.

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