My name is Mercedes Conely; I am a first year Senior at North Carolina central University (NCCU). My attempted graduation date is December 2012. I will be receiving my degree in early childhood and an associated in fashion. I hear all the time that "money is the root of all evil" and some believe that it's "money over everything". The customer always comes first in my eye. I believe that it's a "Mind over Matter" type of thing. No one can stop you from being all you can be but yourself. If you believe you can do it and put forth you best, then nothing can stop you. Not only am I am a full time student but, I currently employed for Durham Public Schools working as a group leader part time. I have been there for 4 years. I am also an intern shadowing under Clothing & Fashion Designer by the name of Estella Bell who is an Entrepreneur herself.
Using these experiences in my work and through the knowledge gain during my time at NCCU, I plan to venture out gaining more hands on knowledge attending the Arts Institute located in Durham, NC (downtown) in the Fashion Design field. More of my goals for the next 5 years includes me receiving my degree's and associate, as well as continuing to shadow and intern with a small fashion business owner and later moving to a large business owner. In doing this, I will learn how to start off small and how to have my business expand and become a franchise.
In the next 10 years, I see myself having business partners and having my own business called "Chunky's". Why Chunky's? This was a family name that was given to me as a child. Chunky's is a clothing store for children of all ages, races, sizes, and styles. Growing up I have been a little on the extra side and had to get bigger sized clothes, which cost more. At Chunky's all the clothes no matter the size are at a reasonable price. Chunky's will carry the latest design, and hottest trends designed by non other than me, Mercedes Conely.
In closing within the next 15 Years, I plan on having Chunky's franchised. Kids all over and of all different sizes will have access to Chunky's clothing store. I enjoy working with kids, and love to design clothes. I picture it in my head, use books/magazines to get started on the designing process. I believe that each child has their own style and Chunky's is the perfect store that carries each different style.