Success Story -- IdziBitsy Bakery

Michelle Idzi knew two things.  Accounting by training, as she was a CPA in her prior life.  And baking.  But baking was definitely her passion.  Upon returning to the small town of Brashear, just east of Sulphur Springs, Michelle settled into her fledgling bakery business in a building her parents furnished her.  The price was right, but she was prohibited from advertising on the building.  And so, the IdziBitsy Bakery began.
Success gathered from their fabulous wedding cakes, to desserts and baked goods sold by several destination restaurants, and of course the extra-special cake balls they were known for selling at Sulphur Springs’ nationally known Farmer’s Market.  And with the City courting her to relocate to the growing downtown area, and the business simply outgrowing their location in Brashear, it was time to consider the move. 
After talking with a developer of old buildings in the downtown area, she set her sights on a vacant location just right for her business.  The developer would the make her required improvements, but Michelle need funding for a bigger oven, and other equipment to succeed at the new location.
Michelle reached out to the Paris Small Business Development Center and Senior Business Advisor Jim Struwe for help fine-tuning her business plan.  The Hopkins County Economic Development Corporation was offering a low interest loan that would meet her needs to relocate and equip the new location.  Jim worked to complete the business plan and cashflow projections for presentation to the EDC, and the loan was granted to them.
With the funding for equipment, and some creative negotiating on Michelle’s part, the IdziBitsy Bakery opened and has seen continued success and growth in the historic downtown of Sulphur Springs, Texas.  

“Jim’s assistance was vital to our success.  We are very happy that we made this move to downtown Sulphur Springs where we have made many new friends and customers” say Michelle of Jim and the Paris SBDC.