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Clothing designer to reveal her steps to success at UNCG

Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2012 by UNCG Research.

The founder and co-owner of Mack and Mack, a Greensboro-based company that produces upscale women’s clothing, will share her steps to success on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center will host Robin Mack Davis as part of its monthly Entrepreneurial Journeys program.

The 5 p.m. event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in Room 1214 of the UNCG Moore Humanities and Research Administration Building. Due to limited seating, attendees are asked to RSVP to ncec@uncg.edu.

Davis is a Greensboro native whose career as a clothing designer took her to New York City. After returning to her hometown, Davis collaborated with the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship to launch her own company, crafting fashions for boutiques and clothing stores. Five years later, in 2000, she opened her store in downtown Greensboro.

Keeping up with changes in retail can be daunting, but Davis has managed to merge the custom design, wholesale and retail aspects of her business to remain profitable. As shopping trends move toward convenience and online shopping, her company stays competitive with the added experience of a clothing design studio and showroom. Every Mack and Mack item comes from her local 7,300-square-foot design space, and Mack and Mack products are currently available in 35 boutiques nationwide.

Davis’s company story does not stop with economic successes. Mack and Mack also boasts a strong community presence. In May 2012, the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro honored the company with its Arts in Business Award. The award recognizes a Greensboro business each year for leadership, commitment and vision to support the arts. For example, Mack and Mack hosts concerts on First Fridays and provides space for other arts events such as 17 Days and Triad Acoustic Stage performances.

The Mack and Mack Entrepreneurial Journeys program will begin with registration and networking at 5 p.m. The program will commence at 5:30 p.m. and run about 45 minutes, with a Q&A session and a reception afterward. The Moore Humanities and Research Administration Building is located at 1111 Spring Garden St. Free parking is available on Forest or Oakland streets or behind the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Paid parking is available in the Oakland Parking Deck next door to the program venue.

Entrepreneurial Journeys provides monthly opportunities for community members and students to hear first-hand how businesses are created. Previous speakers have included Kayne Fisher and Chris Lester, founders of Natty Greene’s Brewing Company; Angie Besecker, owner of Eco Dwelling; David Caudle, partner with Frogman Interactive; Dennis Quaintance, CEO and chief design officer at Quaintance-Weaver Hotels and Restaurants; Chris Laney, president of Zenergy Technologies; and Lenna Hobson, co-owner of RagApple Lassie Vineyards.

The North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center provides co-curricular and outreach programs to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses and serves as a catalyst for the creation of sustainable and globally competitive enterprises in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina, and beyond. For more information, visit the NCEC website at http://entrepreneur.uncg.edu or call 336-256-8649.

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