Amelia Gillette Magic Buttonsby Tyler Woods on Apr. 14, 2013, under Bussiness
I had surgery on my foot this week. I had a bad achilles tendon. It means I am stuck in a “bootcast” for the next month. The thought of this does not make me a happy camper, however, it could be summer and that would be worse. I took a picture of my bootcast and showed it off on Facebook. Of course, I had many comments that stated I needed to bling it. What is a bling? After searching for the meaning of bling, Tucson Biz Beat proudly presents our youngest local business owner Amelia Gillette.
Amelia is the proud owner and founder of Magic Buttons. Young Amelia may only be eleven-years-old, she thinks like a thirty-year-old businesswoman. I first saw her in action when she was selling Girl Scout cookies like a pro. How could anyone resist her sales pitch? She really had a pitch going and it seemed impossible to turn her down. She sold more cookies than anyone I met.
Her mother, Lynne Gillette, says Amelia was doing marketing research in kindergarten when she was trying to sell her potential fashion designs. She asked her friends who would purchase different outfits. The teacher was so impressed she reported this to the mother, she was five at the time.
Fast forward to today, this slick young businesswomen went to the Shoppe at Civano at 5312 S Civano Blvd and presented them with a “pitch.” She took her zipper pulls, pin buttons, and magnet buttons and gave the store owners a pitch they could not refuse. She gave them a bottom line price and the store was impressed and is now setting up a display with her buttons for sale.
Young Gillette custom makes these wonderful pins and magnets buttons to suit the customer’s needs. I found out first hand when I decided to have her make a custom design for me. With the help of her mother, the two of them designed something I needed just for my business. It was a magnet button that had a peace symbol and my business saying, “walk in peace” along with my phone number. I have to say I was very impressed with the product.
“Yes once I get going I can make a button in like 30 seconds.” That she can as I sat in her studio and watched her make some. Of course, it takes her a while to make the design and get it cut out, but she has professional tools that help make the job much easier and a very patient mother. She looks forward to paying off some of the machinery and tools so she can see a bigger profit.
I asked Amelia if it is hard to get a business going. Amelia, who understands profit and loss said, “Yeah it’s hard and if you want to make it you have to have a backer like mom.” She stated she finds time between after school activities and watching TV to do her business.
What is the next step for this young business entrepreneur? Well, she would like to see her Magic Buttons in a few more shops and she will be working on a web page to sell them online. I have not seen a young person with such a flair for business. Today, Tucson Biz Beat proudly salutes Amelia for her outstanding sense of business and her product Magic Buttons. Good Job Amelia Gillette! You can write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org and put your order in.