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St. Louis Closet Co. goes SOLAR!

Saint Louis Closet Co. adds to their green building and practices by going SOLAR!!  With the installation of 200 Solar Panels on the roof of the St. Louis Closet Co. world headquarters at 2626 S. Big Bend in St. Louis, Mo. we expect to save enough energy to produce over 300 closets per year in the manufacturing plant.

Save the planet, save on your utilities, do the right thing…GO SOLAR, here’s 10 reasons why Saint Louis Closet Co. went SOLAR;

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As the world’s second largest consumer of electricity, the United States has a huge appetite for energy.  The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that the demand for electricity will steadily increase throughout the next 30 years.  With rising restrictions in the power generation industry and a need to update the grid to distributed generation structuring, solar power is fast becoming a popular alternative to the more conventional energy sources.  Both the intrinsic and financial incentives for making a switch are compelling reasons for homeowners to take a closer look at Solar Energy.

1. Solar systems save money by reducing the need for buying electricity.

2. Solar powered homes and businesses can make money by selling excess electricity to the power company and.

3. Almost all of the states offer rebates, grants, and reductions in sales tax. Federal income tax credits of up to 30 percent are also a benefit. In addition, many utility companies offer specialized loans and performance based incentives.

4. The National Bureau of Economic Research states that home and business resale value increases 3.5 percent when equipped with solar technology.

5. This type of energy is clean, renewable, and environmentally friendly. There are no hazardous emissions or by-products.

6. Technological growth has led to systems that are affordable and reliable. Modern systems convert DC power into AC power, so it is used in the home or business just like traditional electricity.

7. A solar system requires very little maintenance, only needing cleaned when dust or dirt has accumulated. Plus, they have a lifespan well over 25 years!

8. Solar energy offers a predictable, distributed stream of supply. This lowers the chances of brownouts and blackouts.  The California Energy Crisis of 2000 and 2001 is an example of how tenuous the reliance on electrical power can be.

9. With each installation, national reliance on foreign energy sources is reduced.  This helps keep our country safe and out of volatile countries run by dictators.

10. The solar industry is a fast growing field, meaning jobs are being added daily.  One residential installation directly employs at least 5 people, and that’s not counting those employed in the industry’s the manufacturing and corporate sector!

As the most widely available energy source on the planet, the sun provides a limitless opportunity to power our lives. In fact, it is speculated that covering the Gobi desert with solar panels would create enough electricity to supply the entire world. And, it offers a better average return on investment than the stock market, making it a smart choice.

 

 

 

 

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Celebrate Women’s History Month with Jennifer Williams

Join business owner Jennifer Q. Williams and Victoria Babu on 1380 The Woman to discuss Women Making History Month!  Every March is designated as National Women Making History Month to ensure that the history of American Women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities like St. Louis.

The knowledge of Women’s History provides a vision of what women can do!  This knowledge can encourage girls and women to think larger and bolder and move mountains when needed.

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Business Tips from St. Louis Small Business Expert Jennifer Q. Williams

Small Talk on KTRS Tune into KTRS 550AM on The McGraw Milhaven Show and to hear owner Jennifer Q. Williams talk Small Business.  Being an award-winning business leader in the St. Louis Business Community for over 24 years, Jennifer will talk Small Business!! Tips on getting your business started, turning an idea into a business, what tools you need to start, run and grown your Small Business.  According to SBA Small Businesses make up 99.7% of all employer firms.

2/5/14 St. Louis Small Business expert, Jennifer Williams talks about the importance of Mentoring in Small Business.  Define Mentor – An experienced or trusted advisor!  Six tips to finding the right mentor:

1.  Determine your needs, remember your needs will change as your business grows.

2.  Take time to network, not only to generate sales, but to meet potential mentors.  This will help you decide who and what you need.  Great places to network include women’s events, chamber events, local speaking engagements, etc.

3.  Listen MORE, talk less!  Given your enthusiasm about your particular business or product, it may be hard to listen and take advise from someone outside your industry.

4.  Be ‘mentor able’ – Be willing to consider other ideas that may not match your opinions.  Look for other opinions and be willing to think outside the box.

5.  Be flexible.  Don’t assume a mentor will have to stick with you for the entire life of your business.  Mentors can come and go based on your needs.  Some mentors may help you with future planning, some may help with advertising, and some may just be there for you to bounce ideas off of.

6.  Thank you mentor!!  They don’t want money, but their time is extremely valuable, so please let them know you appreciate it.

Tweet Jennifer with your Small Business questions @StLouisClosetCo #SMALLBIZTALK or email her at jennifer@StLouisClosetCo.com

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St. Louis Closet Co. wins Angie’s List Super Service Award

Saint Louis Closet Co. Earns Esteemed 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

Saint Louis Closet Co. has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013.  This is the 5th year in a row for winning this esteemed award!

“Only about 5 percent of the companies Saint Louis Closet Co. competes with in St. Louis Metropolitan Area are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2013 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

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Small Business Talk with Jennifer Williams

Small Talk on KTRS Tune into KTRS 550AM on The McGraw Milhaven Show to hear owner Jennifer Q. Williams talk Small Business.  Being an award-winning business leader in the St. Louis Business Community for over 20 years, Jennifer will talk Small Business!! Tips on getting your business started, turning an idea into a business, what tools you need to start, run and grown your Small Business.  According to SBA Small Businesses make up 99.7% of all employer firms.

10/17/13 #SMALLBIZTALK show tips:  Define your target customer – be specific!  Don’t just say “all women.”  Say “all women, ages 35-60, who own a home, live in the Metropolitan St. Louis Area, with a household income of over $60,000.”  This will allow you to better target your advertising and allow you to grow your product offerings to a specific market.  It also helps you keep on track with business plan, marketing plan and growth plans.  Create a BRAND…this does not mean design a logo – although having a logo is part of it.  A BRAND is the entire experience a customer has with your company from the beginning to end.  It includes everything from how you answer your phone to your employees uniforms and vehicles.  Your website, your logo, your stationary and business cards, your advertisements, the music played in your business, etc all work together to create and maintain your BRAND.

71% of Americans view small businesses more favorably than any other institution in America because they are seen as a positive influence on our country.  Why do people like  Small Business so much?

1.  Their services and products are often unique and their customers are very defined.

2.  Small Businesses are also often regarded as being involved with their local communities and give back.

3.  Small Businesses are agile and can change with the times quicker and adapt to the changing economy and customers needs faster than large businesses.

9/19/13 #SMALLBIZTALK show tips: Great overall resource, visit SBA.Gov for help and guidance for all small business questions.  A Small Business is a business that is privately owned and operated, with a small number of employees and relatively low volume of sales.  Government determines small based on industry, sales, etc.  Small Business Administration stats show 1/3 of all new businesses fail in first 2 years due to lack of funds, lack of planning, growing too fast and competition. Prevent failure by the following steps: Be clear on why you want to start a business, determine your type of business (ie: manufacturing or service), research and write a Business Plan, determine who your customers are, set in place financing, sales and marketing – get your customers. Tweet Jennifer with your Small Business questions @StLouisClosetCo #SMALLBIZTALK or email her at jennifer@StLouisClosetCo.com

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Your Locally Owned, Hometown Closet Company!

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Saint Louis Closet Co. is a locally owned and operated closet company in St. Louis.  Our 35,000 square foot showroom and manufacturing plant is located at 2626 S. Big Bend in Maplewood, Missouri.  Owner Jennifer Quinn Williams was born and raised in Kirkwood, Missouri and founded Saint Louis Closet Co. in 1991 with just herself and a van.  We now employ over 35 full-time employees who have worked for the company an average of 15 years.  Saint Louis Closet Co. is truly a homegrown business and we are proud to be just that!

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Ask The Owner: Jennifer Williams

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There are so many misconceptions that we hear every day when it comes to custom closets. I wanted to take a few moments to debunk just a few of the most popular…

MYTH:  My closets are too small to be customized.

TRUTH: Actually, small closets are the ones that need custom organization the most.  You have the everyday challenge of  maximizing your space and we specialize in doing just that.  We can add a few simple shelves and hanging rods that will give you space you never knew you had.  You will be amazed at just what we are able to do for you!

MYTH:  Custom closets are just too expensive.

TRUTH: This is one we hear every day, but it is just not true.  Custom closets are absolutely affordable, no matter what your budget may be.  We can organize a small reach-in closet for as little as $250!  An investment in your closet saves you time and keeps your clothing and shoes in good condition.

MYTH:  A Murphy Bed would take up too much space.

TRUTH: The entire queen-size Murphy Bed system is only 65.5” wide and 16” deep, and you only need 91” of floor space when you open it.  It will also allow you to use your room for other purposes such as an office, family room or study. Murphy Beds are also available in twin-size.

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Meet the Men of Saint Louis Closet Co.

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Saint Louis Closet Co. is proud to shine the spotlight on the backbone of our company with a salute to our installation and manufacturing team!  These men have been loyal members of our business, averaging 15 years of working for the company.  We even have men who have worked here for almost 20 years!

“Our installers are the absolute best in the business,” says Saint Louis Closet Co. owner Jennifer Williams.  “They are professional, dedicated and, most importantly, they love what they do.  I consider each of them members of my family and I am so thankful to have been able to share these first 21 years of business with them!”

The men pictured (left) include the installers who do the actual closet installations in our customers’ homes as well as the staff that works in our manufacturing facility located in our Maplewood Showroom.  They are responsible for getting all of the parts ready for installation so that the process can be as quick and easy as our customers have come to expect.

Thank you for all of your hard work over the years, gentlemen!

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Saint Louis Closet Co. Celebrates 21 Years!

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Saint Louis Closet Co. is proud to be celebrating 21 years of organizing St. Louis!  One thing that has remained constant over the years is the need to organize!

The cold winds of winter call for us to break out our sweaters and large coats, making this the perfect opportunity to update your closet system.

“I always use the changing of the seasons to take a good, hard look at my home’s organization,” says Saint Louis Closet Co. owner Jennifer Williams.  “As I put away my family’s summer clothes and pull out our winter supplies, I make a point to pull out any of the clothes that can be donated to charity or can be passed on to friends and family members with growing children.”

Jennifer adds that she also swaps out some shelves for baskets or extra drawers so that the closet never gets cluttered.  “This is a simple way to keep our home organized and looking fresh without having to spend an arm and a leg to do it.”

Do not banish your summer clothes to overstuffed boxes crammed into the corner of your basement.  We can help you organize a space that you can use as off-season storage for your belongings.  That way, when the inevitable warm day hits in the middle of winter (as it so often does in this unpredictable St. Louis climate), you will not have to go digging through boxes of summer clothes just to find that one pair of shorts.

Call Saint Louis Closet Co. at (314) 781-9000 to schedule a free in-home estimate with one of our designers!

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