Gale Rue was ready for a change in 2014.
She had her own business before and was ready to do so again.
“I had some life decisions to make in 2014, and that included finding work that I would enjoy,” says Rue.
So the timing was right when she learned an Edible Arrangements franchise was available.
“When I discovered that I could launch an Edible Arrangements in the area, I knew that this matched my skillsets,” she adds.
She decided to pursue it and turned to the Women's Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance for assistance.
There she received help in securing a microloan for a portion of her franchise funding. Rue says the Center helped her gather the necessary information for the loan application and prepared her for the next step in the process.
Edible Arrangements, a national retail franchise, specializes in creating fruit bouquets for all occasions, plus fruit smoothies, parfaits, and salads.
Rue's location is at 1972 Mall Drive in Benton Harbor. She celebrated the grand opening with a ribbon cutting Monday, March 16.
Edible Arrangements is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Orders for fruit bouquets can be made by calling 269.926.9300 or made online here.
More information can be found at their Facebook page here
Source: Cornerstone Alliance