A Florida SBDC Success Story: All Weather Billiards – Naples, Fla
Client Contact: Robbie Selby, Phone: 239.594.0693, Address: 2161 J & C Blvd., Naples, FL 34109, website, www.allweatherbilliards.com, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AllWeatherBilliardsAndGames
July 30, 2015
Naples, Fla. – Robbie Selby is a lifetime entrepreneur and the owner of All Weather Billiards. In 2013, Robbie took ownership of All Weather Billiards and since that time, the business has grown leaps and bounds. All Weather Billiards is a women-owned manufacturing business with all products made and manufactured in the USA. Robbie sales both nationally and internationally. Although a large portion of her sales are directly to families who want to enhance their outdoor living style and national resorts such as the Ritz, Waldorf, and Marriot, she also has a call to fame. Robbie’s company has custom built tables for celebrities including Johnny Depp, Hank Haney, Toni Romo, and she was recently on the Vanilla Ice Project, Episode 513, which showcased one of her custom outdoor billiard lines.
Robbie is thrilled about her success and shared her story with us on how the business came together and why she chose it. Robbie feel in love with Naples Florida four years ago and had previously frequented the area for vacation. Robbie says, “She could have lived anywhere in the world” but she chose Naples. Soon after moving to Naples and working a part time job, her life-long entrepreneurial spirit kicked in. She previously owned and operated an insurance company, brokerage, and co-owned and operated a bakery. With the assistance of a broker and through her own independent research of multiple industries, the opportunity to buy the business came around. She jokes, she has “never owned a manufacturing company” and further said “I don’t play pool,” but she did not let this stop her from taking over the ownership and operations of the then small company, that she envisioned could do more, much more.
Although she ran into many challenges in what is a male-dominated industry, her vision combined with assistance from the Florida SBDC has accounted for her being able to overcome obstacles and open doors for business growth and expansion. The business prior to Robbie taking over was focused more on product and manufacturing and needed a marketing and branding makeover to bring the business into full production. During Robbie’s first year of business, there was only one full-time employee working with her and the business generated $150,000 in revenue. As of 2015, she now employees four employees and the business is on track to cross over one-million in sales for 2015.
So how did Robbie do it? Being an entrepreneur is “Just in your blood, either you are one or you’re not,” says Robbie. “You are always looking to close that sale and make the company better.” Cathy Haworth, consultant for the Florida SBDC at Florida Gulf University, began working with Selby in 2014 and assisted her in getting the resources she needed, including QuickBooks, financial analysis, and legal. Haworth is also a champion in supporting Selby. Recently, Haworth traveled to Miami with Selby when Selby had the opportunity to audition and submit her product on “Shark Tank.” Selby said, “You can’t know everything, even if you have been in business just a few months or for years, you still need to be on top of industry changes and continual research.” Robbie further states, “As a business owner, you need the “100-foot view of your business and that is what the SBDC offers, all at no cost and completely confidential. “