The Delaware County Chamber is proud to be on the forefront of social justice and supporting our diverse businesses, particularly through our Business & Economic Equity Committee. In honor of Black History Month, we bring you a Black Business Member Spotlights of Delaware County! Learn about them and support your local minority-owned businesses this month and all year long!
Meet Deborah Collins, Owner of The Dress Matters in Media
The Dress Matters Bridal Boutique is located in Media and Deborah has been in business for 7 years. At the shop, you can find wedding, bridesmaid, flower girl and mothers dresses. In addition to that, they also provide wedding accessories, tuxedo rentals and services for alterations. We asked Deborah a few questions about her experience as a Black Business Owner.
In honor of February being Black History Month, can you identify a
leader in history that has inspired you most and explain why?
The person in history that inspired me was Oprah Winfrey. Her show
started when I was in college and I would look at her and all she was
doing. Because of her, I knew that I could achieve my goals.
What motivated you to open your own business?
I have always loved weddings. I have helped family and friends plan
weddings and events. After being in the wedding area, I realized my
passion was with the wedding dresses. I love looking at the dresses and
selecting items for my boutique.
What is one area where you are particularly excited to see the Black
community driving culture and innovation?
I am excited to see the black community driving culture in all areas,
like fashion, sports and music. I am really happy to see that African
American women-owned businesses are continuing to grow.
What advice would you give to other aspiring Black entrepreneurs?
I would tell other Black entrepreneurs to work toward your dream.
Nothing is impossible. You might fail a time or two, but keep getting up
and working on that dream until it comes true. Having a business is not
easy at all, but it is worth it.
What impacts do you want your work to have on future generations?
For future generations, I would just want to be an example of what is
possible. If they see me achieving my goals, I want them to know they
can do it too.
Is there anything special you do to celebrate Black History Month either
personally or at your place of business?
At my business, I select a black organization or charity where I donate
a portion of sales. This year I have selected the Thurgood Marshall
College Fund. A donation will be made from sales on Saturday, February
Check out The Dress Matters at 1024 N. Providence Road
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