Spotlight on Stateline Small Business: Bella's

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Rochelle- Custom sequined dresses, colorful dance tutus and handmade bows. Bella's is a one-stop dream shop for little girls.


Bella's Girls Apparel Owner Jeanette Ramirez was tired off big box store merchandise and decided to offer her small town something new.


"You always have to travel to DeKalb and Rockford. I wanted to bring in something into Rochelle and the surrounding areas, so we could have a specialty store with boutique like items," Ramirez explained.


And did they flock. Her grand opening was a success.    


"People were actually here before we were ready to open, so that was really encouraging," said Lynda Gibbons of Bella's Girls Apparel.


Also giving encouragement to small business owners is President Obama taking to YouTube for national small business week. He praised the efforts of entrepreneurs just like Ramirez.


"Small businesses represent some of our country's core values; risk taking, ingenuity and hard work," said President Obama.


It's this type of hard work that creates two out of three new private sector jobs in our economy. The U.S. small business administration reporting half of all working Americans either own or work for a small business.


Meanwhile, Ramirez shows us around her store. She shares her plans on expanding and eventually carrying boy's clothes.


"You know you're going to succeed. It's just not giving up and working at what you really want," explained Ramirez with a smile.


For small business resources visit http://www.sba.gov/


Bella's is located at 1161 N. 7th Street in Rochelle and can be contacted at (815) 561-6729.

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