WHAT’S THE ONE THING THAT A GRANT AWARD WOULD BE USED FOR TO CONTRIBUTE MOST TO YOUR SUCCESS AS A SMALL BUSINESS?
Samantha Bossu of Decora Plantscapes based in San Pedro, tells us in her Top 3 finalist video submission. “My Prius has seen more plants than the Costa Rican rainforest. We are close to a down payment on a company vehicle, but a grant would be a tremendous help to us. Not only would it give us more space to breathe, but it would allow for larger scale projects, and higher end installs.” —Samantha Bossu http://www.decoraplants.com/
The name Decora is an homage to my parent’s first small indie business, which began as a corner shop selling plants and sand art, and grew into a bustling interior plantscape company quickly. As a child I was extremely fortunate to spend a lot of time surrounded by plants, and the Plantscape Business Owner lifestyle and lessons.
After my first year of college, being away from home became uneasy and uncomfortable for me. I decided to take a semester off and go home to work for my parents full-time.
I was able to really dig deep into the business side of their company, learn the in’s and out’s of running a profitable, well-oiled, business. I earned enough money to take a journey out west and enrolled myself in an Outward Bound. I spent 20 days in Joshua Tree rock climbing, backpacking, camping and ended down in Baja to kayak for another 12 days. On this trip I began to feel what true tranquility was. Being surrounded by nature day-in and day-out.
I understood that not everyone had the ability to run off to their favorite outdoor space for 30 days and I began to see the true beauty and genius behind my parent’s businesses. They were bringing nature inside, and in turn, surrounding hundreds with nature daily. They were bringing tranquility to the everyday environment.
Decora (#2) was started two and a half years ago, out of a one bedroom apartment with no one but myself to carry 6’ trees, 100 pound containers and do all the sales.
At the beginning of this year, I was able to hire our first full-time employee and will be bringing on another in just under a month. Our clientele is growing in both size of jobs and number of reoccurring clients. I have never worked harder at anything in my life, and am truly fortunate that it shows in the growth of my pride and joy, Decora.
Decora is a plantscape company. We create designs for residential and commercial spaces using live foliage and tropical flowers, then install and maintain the plants, so that our client’s don’t have to lift a finger. Many people think of us as “florists”, but our designs are meant to last, so maintenance is a huge part of our business. We water, trim, dust, manage pests, and fertilize on a regular basis in order to ensure our client’s plants are thriving, not just surviving. Think plants in containers, not cut flowers or in-ground plantings.
We call ourselves “plantscapers” so we aren’t confused with landscapers. Our designs can generally be categorized under three umbrellas: interior spaces, exterior patioscapes (container gardens), and greenwalls.
Small indie businesses are vital to keeping our communities healthy, wealthy and vibrant, so in honor of our local businesses, ShopLocal.us is pleased to announce the finalists of our Small Indie Business Grant program. Winners will be honored at the Awards Ceremony on the night of our South Bay Business Mavericks Gala on October 21, 2015 at Toyota USA Automobile Museum in Torrance.
Congratulations to everyone who participated—we received an incredible response of truly amazing applications and videos!
WINNERS WILL BE HONORED DURING THE AWARDS CEREMONY AT THE SOUTH BAY BUSINESS MAVERICKS GALA ON OCTOBER 21, 2015 IN TORRANCE!
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