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Kellie Johnson, Owner of Kellie’s Consignments Selected as 2018 ATHENAPowerLink Recipient

Thursday, January 4, 2018  
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The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) has announced that Kellie Johnson, owner of Kellie’s Consignments, has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious ATHENAPowerLink® (APL) award. As the APL recipient, Johnson will be connected to a panel of expert mentors who will consult with her regarding business growth strategies over the next 12 months. Since 2006, APL has helped women business owners in Greater Lansing grow their sales, business and personal net income, the number of employees in the business, and enhance their leadership and management skills.

“I am very honored to be selected as the 2018 ATHENA Powerlink recipient,” said Johnson. “The timing is impeccable because my business has been growing nicely and I will be able to take advantage of the expertise of my mentor panel to help establish strategies for further growth.”

“We are very excited to have someone the caliber of Kellie Johnson as the 2018ATHENAPowerlink recipient,” said Jill Marlan, co-chair of the APL governing body and a past APL recipient. “Kellie will benefit from working with an exceptionally strong panel of mentors who will help catapult her business to the next phase.”

“Kellie Johnson will be an exceptional participant in the ATHENAPowerlink program,” said Tim Daman, LRCC President and Chief Executive Officer. “She has demonstrated outstanding business acumen in building her business to where it is today and has a terrific vision of where she wants to go in the next few years. Her panel of Powerlink mentors will help her shape and execute a refined strategy to take her business to the next level.”

Kellie’s Consignments is a retail and consignment store, charity operation, and gathering place, all in one colorful, exciting, twenty four thousand-square- foot establishment, located in Meridian Township. Kellie’s Consignments sells gently used quality clothing for men and women. Kellie’s also features furniture and decor items, as well as jewelry and accessories. Kellie’s has almost 12,000 consignors with an average transaction of $40. Kellie’s Consignments benefits those who have unused items buried in their closets and may need extra money.

“Consignment is a way for people to make money off goods they don’t want any more,” said Johnson. “In the past year, we’ve been able to move about $500,000 into the hands of people in the community.”

Kellie’s Consignments is much broader than just a local retail establishment. The business draws customers from all across the country, which is something Kellie hopes the APL experience will help her building upon in coming years.

“I want our business to become a destination location for people all over the state,” said Johnson. “I want people saying to their friends coming to the region, ‘you have to go to Kellie’s Consignments.’”

APL is a national business mentoring program connecting women-owned businesses with a skilled advisory panel that provides strategic consultation services for one year. The consulting services are valued at more than $25,000.

The advisory panel is a group of business professionals who volunteer their time to work one-on-one with the business owner for one year. This group of experts assists in the development and implementation of the entrepreneur’s business plan and strategic goals.

“I am grateful and excited to have these experts help me take the business to the next level,” said Johnson. “It is hard to manage growth of a small business into a large one. These are people who have done that, and I look forward to learning from them.”

“Kellie has achieved a good level of success in her business, but she is also open to new ideas and excited to learn more,” said Jane Mitchell, co-chair of the APL governing body and a past APL recipient. “Her mentor panel will be able to help her to establish her priorities in a way that makes the most sense for her business and to achieve more work-life balance.”

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