Kate Hougen’s company, Mira Jean Designs, provides dynamic textiles solutions for clients. Her vibrant creations are perfect for a wide variety of home interior offerings including wallpaper, headboards, pillows and drapery panels. Mira Jean Designs also develops custom textile products for trade partners.
Hougen sought out a SCORE mentor a year after establishing her business. By working with SCORE mentors Ed Coleman and Ellen Brotman, Hougen was able to identify her core audience, establish correct price points, and develop services. A long-term growth plan resulted in increased revenues year over year.
Attending a SCORE business plan workshop in Washington, D.C., was especially helpful. “The workshop is time well spent for any business owner who is interested in a disciplined approach and a fiscal reality check to help achieve their business goals,” she says.
Hougen has established four different product collections: Coastal, Kids, Summer and Pup. Her textile designs are available in showrooms and via trade partners throughout the United States. In 2018, Mira Jean Designs was named SCORE DC's Retail/Trade Client of the Year.