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Small Business Development Center Success Stories

Success Stories for 2015

more information will be posted before the end October 2015

Success Stories for 2014

Remodeler’s Outlet, Inc.

Clayton Angell, President
803 South Noble Street
Anniston, AL 36201
Remodeler’s Outlet, Inc. (RO) was started in Anniston, AL in 1997 by Clayton Angell. In the beginning the store offered salvaged windows, doors, and molding to sell to the public. Clayton earned a BBA & MBA in college, spent 10 year as national sales manager with two regional window manufacturers, and 5 years as sales manager with large millwork distribution company.

Two years in, he purchased and moved to their current location @ 803/805 South Noble from Liberty Trouser who moved their sewing business to Mexico as a result of NAFT.

As the store grew Clayton added kitchen cabinets, counter tops, architectural (high-end) line of windows and doors, and slowly phased out of most of the salvaged inventory replacing it with new products. Clayton successfully developed commercial customers from Birmingham to Atlanta - specializing in light commercial projects regionally and home builders locally. To give RO the ability to go after and win these markets Clayton needed keep cost at a very competitive level and maintain an acceptable profit margin so RO started a shop building their own door frames and hanging the doors.

From the start, RO had exponential growth each year in sales through 2009 and employed 41 people. However, RO was not immune to the real estate housing market crash and the general recession that moved into Alabama 2009 with some of these effects still being felt today. Sales and number of employees decreased dramatically in 2010 ( down to 11) and continued the slide in 2011.

The company survived the economic down turn (2009-2011) and in 2012 decided to make some changes to his business model. With this new model RO was getting growing residential home builder business in Birmingham, growing the consumer retail side, and continuing the large commercial projects and multifamily. To do this the public retail show room needed to be reconfigured and the door shop needed to be enlarged. The business also added a line of lower end kitchen appliances and prefinished cabinets to inventory for the cash & carry customers.

Artisanal Baked Goods

Artisanal Baked Goods (ABG) is a retail bakery establishment located in Anniston, Alabama. It is owned and operated by brothers, Teddy Paudrups and Marty Paudrups. The bakery was opened in December 2012, however, the idea and ground work to start the bakery begun prior to the Paudrups visiting the JSU SBDC in 2011 for assistance. At the time of their visit with the JSU SBDC Teddy and Marty were baking items to take to the Jacksonville Farmers Market.

ABG offers high quality artisan bread and pastry. Since opening ABG has not only survived, but thrived, earning an excellent reputation for their baked goods. The brothers started out with just the two of them running the business. Today, they have seven employees including themselves. The brothers have developed a loyal customer base. Their customers range from commercial restaurants, catering events, to retail traffic. In 2014 Artisanal Baked Goods was recognized in the spring issue of Northeast Alabama Living magazine.

As for further proof the bakery has flourished is that the brothers recently contacted the JSU SBDC again for assistance. They have out grown their current location, are planning to expand their menu, and planning a future move to a larger location in Anniston.

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