If you own a small business or know someone that does, you’re probably aware of the notable impact local support has on its livelihood. Local support is crucial in sustaining not just the longevity of a business but also strengthening local economies and promoting a thriving, interconnected community. If you reside in or near San Bernardino, consider visiting, shopping, or simply spreading the news about The Factorie’s official grand reopening!
The OCIE SBDC was pleased to support the grand re–opening celebration of Jamal Moreno’s retail shop offering vintage and modern-style casual clothing, The Factorie. The ceremony kicked off with presentations from local officials recognizing The Factorie’s achievement, followed by the ribbon-cutting which signifies that the shop doors are officially open for business.
It was wonderful to see the San Bernardino community join in supporting the grand opening along with Jamal, who graciously opened up his business to other local vendors, allowing guests to enjoy food, music from local DJs, and other exciting festivities.
Part of The Factorie’s launch included special grand opening merchandise for sale, exclusive promotions, raffle prizes and games, live music, a photo booth, and local food vendors adding to the rich celebration. Jamal felt this event marked a great opportunity to bring together members of the San Bernardino community for an evening of music and fun. To him, the grand opening meant more than recognizing The Factorie alone — it was a celebration of the neighboring community and culture as a whole. Jamal gave lots of tours throughout the space and discussed the process of how he does business with many attendees, showcasing his immense pride in his business. Overall, the grand opening was a lively event that featured both The Factorie and the community of San Bernardino as a whole.
OCIE SBDC’s Role in The Factorie Launch
During the process of getting his store up and running, Jamal contacted the OCIE SBDC network and received helpful perspectives upon being matched with business consultant Giovandi Lewis. In addition to providing consulting services, our network seeks to identify mutually beneficial partnerships with local cities, counties, and chambers. Identifying and forming these partnerships is an integral part of how the OCIE SBDC fulfills its mission of serving small businesses. The Factorie successfully obtained funding through its local partnerships with the city of San Bernardino.
The City of San Bernardino partnered with the OCIE SBDC to administer a $3M grant program through city funds. Jamal successfully completed the grant program and was an awardee of the city grant funding of $25,000.
Securing this type of grant can have significant implications for a small business. It may mean securing financial stability, opportunities to expand, boosting marketing or research efforts, and so much more. The OCIE SBDC recognizes the significance of actively seeking and exploring potential partnerships within the local communities where each small business operates.
More on The Factorie:
Based out of San Bernardino, The Factorie is more than just a clothing store. Whether you’re looking for a change in style or want to sell and trade with other local suppliers, owner Jamal Moreno and his staff are here to help! “From various colorways of Nike and Jordan shoes to limited edition tees, hoodies, pants, hats, specialty items, and more, we may just have what you’re looking for. We strive to provide a wide selection for all by having vintage clothing and shoes to more recent designs,” says Jamal.
The Factorie offers products in a wide range of sizes from youth to adult, so if you’re looking for a new piece for yourself or a loved one, you’ll be sure to find the right size. From vintage to modern fashion, The Factorie has plenty of options that will catch your eye!
Explore what’s in store at The Factorie: thefactoriesb.com
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