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SBDC Success Story: Leighanna’s Closet

Leighanna’s Closet LLC is a children’s clothing retail store located in Monongahela, PA. Tammy Henson and her daughter, Sadie, have always been passionate about the region and wanted to bring a concept to the area where people can find quality clothing, toys, and other specialty items for children at reasonable prices.

In early 2022, Tammy contacted the Washington County Council on Economic Development (WCCED) about a startup loan for her brick-and-mortar and online children’s clothing store. The WCCED referred Tammy to the Pitt SBDC to assist with financial projections and a business plan.

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While working on her business plan and financial projections with the SBDC, Pitt SBDC management consultant Zachery Patton and Tammy met frequently to review sections of the plan, talk about strategic goals for the upcoming year, and potential uses for the funds if approved by the WCCED. In May of 2022, Tammy was approved for her start-up loan from the WCCED for $35,000.

The University of Pittsburgh SBDC and Tammy will continue to work together in the areas of marketing, promotion, and social media as the business continues to grow and expand. Tammy has already seen an overwhelming demand for their products and has actually sold out of some of her inventory prior to their grand opening. The SBDC is confident that Tammy and the clothing business will continue to provide some of the best children’s clothing in the region and online.