Tyesha has had a number of service industry jobs that were not always a good fit. Her employment team at SPIN in Philadelphia thought that Tyesha might benefit from using the Discovery process to advance her career. During the Discovery process the team learned that Tyesha was very interested in caring for others, art, and sewing. The team found out that Tyesha likes to be creative and seems to be at her best when she is creating something. Tyesha has been taking sewing classes from a woman named Dahlia who has become her mentor. Dahlia has mentored Tyesha to become highly competent at sewing. Tyesha and her employment specialist did a number of informational interviews with sewing companies in the Philadelphia area. Tyesha and her employment team learned a great deal about the sewing and fabric industry. Tyesha began to make highly attractive top end bags and purses that sold well. Tyesha began to research self-employment as an option that really fits many of her ideal conditions of employment. Tyesha began to do market research and develop a business plan with the assistance of her employment team. With the support of her employment team and her mentor Tyesha has decided to open her own business, Tyesha Designs.
Tyesha has been busy getting her business up and running. To date she has over 20 items in stock and many others in the works. She is designing new products to add to her line and is experimenting with new techniques to add to her unique flair to her
products. Tyesha has also been busy developing all her needed branding
including; business cards, comment cards, receipts, and custom order forms. She
recently had her first selling event in November and sold products to over 100
With funding from the Employment Reform Resource Project Tyesha has recently purchased a new sewing machine, thread, scissors, zippers, and other supplies to aide her in the growth of her business. She recently received a generous donation of fabric to help get her business off the ground. Tyesha is continuing to taking sewing lessons with her mentor, to improve her sewing skills, increase inventory, and design new products. Tyesha is working on projects to be sold at her next selling event. She is excited and motivated to make her business a success and loves working for herself!