A PASSION FOR PEOPLE
Brittany Woodworth exudes passion for people. A trait essential to her line of business.
“Since I sold my first wedding dress, I fell in love with it,” says Brittany of her dress business, Timeless Moments. Whether it is a bride or one of the many graduates whom she helps find that “perfect dress” — it’s that moment — the moment of the match — that she enjoys the most.
“You can see when someone comes out in a dress, especially if it’s one they don’t expect to look good and feel good in, and when they look in the mirror and you can tell that they’re really confident and really happy about how they look — that’s just such a special moment.”
Seven and a half years ago she worked at Timeless Moments on the social media side of things with the then owner, Michelle Wilson. The business blood had long bubbled in her veins though, as she had participated in entrepreneur and business programs since high school.
One day Michelle suggested that if Brittany ever wanted to take the business over she could do it. A year and a half later Brittany bought the business at age 22.
“I first got involved with CBDC, because Michelle got a loan through Coastal when she started and she had so many great things to say about them, it was natural for me to work with them. They were nothing but fantastic the whole entire time,” says Brittany.
Armed with a business degree, Brittany had an understanding of what was needed in her business plan, but says the financials were a little more challenging. She really appreciated the help provided by Coastal Business.
“I’ve taken a number of classes through a program that they offer which has helped with bookkeeping, marketing and human resources. They just give you that sense of security that you don’t have to worry about anything because they are there to help you through the whole process. You know that they have your back”, added Brittney
She’s tripled the store’s original space and employs 4 people. “It’s just been a wild ride,” laughed Brittany.
Woodworth says she’s lucky to own a small business in such an encouraging place. “We live in a great, supportive community here.”
She cautions not to be scared to ask for advice, reasoning it doesn’t make you look like you don’t know anything; it’s just learning from those with more experience.
“It’s one thing to study, another to put yourself in the situation and actually do it. You need to find out what works for you. Then it’s trial and error until you find your groove.”
Its clear Brittany has found her groove — helping others find their dresses.