NALB Creative Center is a start up, to go into business in the Summer of this year. We will offer a large variety of art and craft supplies, focusing on those items that are currently unavailable on this island. The Internet will continue to be a competitor, as artists use websites to buy familiar products. We will stock products that artists don't necessarily have experience with. We will maintain our price comparisons to include those available on line.
We will offer classes in the use of new materials and techniques.
We will build an Artist's Oasis tour program. We will book local Bed and Breakfasts; provide maps and guides for appropriate plein-air sites; rent easels and materials; sell paint and other supplies and ship completed work to the clients when dry.
We will expand the store into an art center including: A fine art gallery, offering original art at, or near, wholesale prices; Musical instruments/studio space; Classrooms for art/music lessons; Art/Music books; Live music/coffee bar; Do-it-Yourself crafts such as specialty T-Shirts, signs, cards, ceramics for the tourist trade.
NALB Creative Center is a subsidiary of NALB LLC, a limited liability corporation equally owned and operated by Callie Graff and VanDyke Brown. Additional subsidiaries include NALB Design (Interior/Web), NALB Fine Art, NALB Music.
NALB Creative Center's start-up costs are listed below. The company will start with 10 months inventory on hand as this is the main revenue generator. The majority of the company's assets will reside in inventory.
There will be other normal business costs such as a liability umbrella, rent, interior design costs, and opening day promotions.
Current (short-term) assets, acquired during interior build-out, shelving, slotwall, fixtures, signage, display cases, etc., come to $26,000.
The operating capital cash on hand balance will be $31,050.
The purpose of this business plan is to drive the company direction in accord with its vision and to secure a $210,000 loan. This supplemental financing is required to work on site preparation, inventory, and operational expenses. Other financing will include the owner's investment of $45,000 and a short-term revolving line-of-credit for inventory replenishment during months of high receipts.
Successful operation and the building of a loyal customer base will allow NALB Creative Center to be self-sufficient and profitable in the first full year.