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.

My successes. 

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. 

How SCORE helped. 

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.