Tucker designer gets a step closer to her dream

The key to Paige Lievano’s success, she said, is making everything with as much love as possible. This DeKalb artist sells her creations through her website www.pcreates.com and her Facebook page P Creates. Photos by Marta Garcia

Tucker resident Paige Lievano always has dreamed about establishing her own clothing line business.

But Lievano knows that it takes more than a passion for fashion to start a successful company. She launched her business P Creates in 2008 after being laid off from her job while on maternity leave with her first daughter.

“I am always grateful for every opportunity that comes my way, good and bad,” she said. “I really try to look at every situation as a learning opportunity. The key to my success, I would say, is making everything with as much love as possible.”

The key to Paige Lievano’s success, she said, is making everything with as much love as possible. This DeKalb artist sells her creations through her website www.pcreates.com and her Facebook page P Creates. Photos by Marta Garcia

After years of success selling her clothing and children accessories made of recycle materials in festivals and local craft events, this DeKalb designer wanted to take her business to the next level so looked for help in her community. She got it through the Business Accelerator Program in Clarkston that supports micro-entrepreneurs.

“This program targets entrepreneurs that are launching small businesses within the Clarkston area,” said Peter Roberts, academic director of Social Enterprise @ Goizueta. “We were looking for individuals who establish small but sustainable businesses that support themselves and their families, while collectively supplying a range of services and a sense of purpose and vitality to Clarkston.”

According to Roberts, 15 participants out of 68 applicants were chosen based on the potential and passion that each entrepreneur brings to the table.

“Our program is designed to help entrepreneurs reach their full potential by allowing them to work with other talented entrepreneurs and with a group of committed business mentors in a program that is designed to focus participants on the challenging tasks of business and financial planning,” he said.

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Sponsored by Social Enterprise @ Goizueta at Emory University, Clarkston Community Center and Refugee Women’s Network, among others, the program will give access to the top three entrepreneurs to a $10,000 low-cost loan to develop their businesses.

“My participation in the Vilcap business acceleration course is amazing,” Lievano assured.

“As an artist, I tend not to look at the numbers behind my creations, and this class has given me the opportunity to understand how to run a successful business while doing what I love. I’m learning about how to look at my art business from a whole different perspective, while being partnered with mentors to talk about ideas,” she added.

Besides the clothing line, Lievano would like to expand her business to a children’s bedding line, some of which could be made in Colombia, where her husband is from.

“I would love to travel back and forth more, giving my daughters a chance to learn about running an international business while staying attached to their heritage,” said the Tucker resident.

Lievano is already selling her creations at Salon Red in Brookhaven and Decatur and Inman Park Dry Goods. The artist said starting a new business can be daunting but small businesses are an American tradition and a part of the American dream.

“I have a family that believes in me and knows that this is my passion. I really want to show my daughters [Gabrielle, 5, and Anna Frances, 2] that they can make their dreams come true if they really want it,” she concluded.

 

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  • April 22, 2014 at 10:51 pm
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    Congrats Paige, a beautiful article about an amazing woman doing amazing work. Love you!

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