Jody Hoogland started Home Grown Quilts in her home in 2007 to offer long-arm quilting machine services. Jody has been catering to quilters locally and around the nation, providing individual custom quilting services, for several years. Since the purchase of the long arm quilting machine, she has spent her time developing the skills needed to provide award winning quilting. Jody’s love of painting acrylic and oil pictures, creating wall murals and drawing give her an edge in creating one-of-a-kind free-style quilt designs.
In 2011, Jody expanded her business by purchasing a successful, existing fabric store in Grangeville. The store has long been known for its quality, name brand quilting fabrics and supplies. By incorporating her long-arm quilting machine services with the retail aspect of the fabric store, Jody anticipates growing her business three-fold. In addition to the long- arm quilting services and retail products, Home Grown Quilts will offer quilt classes for beginner to intermediate quilters, teaching state-of-the –art quilting techniques.
Jody first became a client of the Lewiston SBDC as a workshop enrollee. She recently completed the NxLeveL® online course and has taken a Starting a Business workshop and several ecommerce courses. Business Consultant Judy Schumacher has assisted Jody with consulting services, secondary market research and business planning. Through her efforts in developing a strong business plan, Jody was successful in obtaining SBA financing to purchase the fabric store.
“NxLeveL®Online is the one thing that pushed me forward in the acquisition of my business,” Jody says. “I learned valuable information from each segment of the program that transferred into the success of my business, including marketing/branding, financials, processes, etc. Without this new knowledge, I would never have been able to put together a usable business plan on my own. My finished business plan was the key element to obtaining a small business loan.”