Christi Lopez, Business of FlowersMar 31, 2020
Many of you have seen my Moving Sale and have been asking me, “WHAT’S NEXT?”
I’m super excited to announce that I’m retiring - sort of! I'm closing up my floral business, Bergerons, that I've owned for over 30 years. It's been a super successful journey and I've been so blessed by the business that I created through Bergerons. Over the years, I had so many amazing employees and fabulous clients that I won't forget!
I'll be transitioning to a small workspace and video studio that I'm really excited about, and will be working with YOU on building your business to be a successful one! Even though it may seem like I'm just switching over to Floral Education, I've been actively involved in this realm for many years on a local level (through Past President of a Floral Association as well as teaching classes and at garden clubs) and more recently involved within the last few years on an international level (with EMC-European Master Certification programs). Most importantly, I have been working behind the scenes on building a presence to help other florists with their business, as it's a passion of mine. Having a successful business helps provide the opportunity to thrive in your creative life and gives you the freedom to advance your skills. Overall, it's the difference between knowledge and "knowing".
Speaking of thriving, I wanted to point out a very important program that the COVID-19 Stimulus Package has enabled us - The Paycheck Protection Program.
What is it?
The Paycheck Protection Program provides federally-guaranteed loans up to a maximum amount of $10 million to eligible businesses, which can be partially forgivable (as elaborated below), to encourage businesses to retain employees through the COVID-19 crisis by assisting in the payment of certain operational costs.
How do I know if it’s for me?
Well, if you are a floral business owner of a retail/warehouse space with employees, freelancer, or sole-proprietor, it all is for you! That includes wholesalers/greenhouses.
Where do I apply?
I’ve included a link to a pdf that explains a bit more about the PPP (Payroll Protection Program) Act and the CARES Act. I highly suggest that you contact your local SBDC (Small Business Development Center) near you. They can give you clear directions on how to proceed. Both acts that were passed are there to benefit you! One is a loan, the other is a loan, but forgivable.
I want you to know that just because I’ve closed my brick and mortar business, doesn’t mean that I’ve closed my doors to you. I’m taking this next step in becoming a Floral Educator because I believe in you and what you’re doing. I’m always available to you - feel free to DM me on social media or email me!
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