After suffering a heart attack & emergency open heart surgery at 40 years old, Vanee Simmons made the conscious decision to slow down, ‘be still’ & love life on a different level. During her long recovery, Simmons reflected on the words of hope and encouragement offered by others. These words became the inspiration behind eva belle, whose boards, wall art, and other products are timeless pieces that are intentionally designed to allow the words to be the focus.
Through the early stages of her business, Simmons worked with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Dyersburg State Community College. But when it was time to grow, she was referred to Pathway Lending. “Working with Pathway Lending helped me to get my business finances in order and prepare myself for growth,” said Simmons. “As a small business owner, I have to be focused on what opportunities lay ahead. I now have the tools I need to plan for my business’ future, not just worry about debt and expenses.”
The future does indeed look bright for Simmons, who has grown her wholesale business to include hundreds of clients across the United States. Her focus and passion has been a driving force in this success, garnering her awards including the ‘Best visual display’ at Atlanta Market January 2014 and ‘West Tennessee Woman Owned Small Business of the Year’ 2015.
Handmade and eco-friendly, eva belle’s boards and other products can be found in a growing number
of retailers across the US, including Ashley Home, Altar’d State, and Terri Hannah Home & Garden.