Press Release: Samford Graduate and Birmingham Entrepreneur Heather Williams Raises close to $36,000 on Kickstarter


Birmingham, Ala. – There’s a new way for entrepreneurs to obtain funding to make their business dreams a reality, and Birmingham entrepreneur and Samford Brock School of Business graduate Heather Williams recently raised close to $36,000 to help fund her fashion design company, Tallulah’s Designs. Kickstarter provides entrepreneurs with a way to raise money for creative art, design, fashion, publishing, and technology projects. Entrepreneurs set a fundraising goal, supporters pledge money via credit card contributions, and different pledge levels earn supporters different rewards from the company. When her Kickstarter campaign ended last week, Heather had raised $35,970 from 105 donors throughout the southeastern U.S.

Tallulah Designs recently debuted its Fall 2013 collection, “Amplified,” during a runway show in New Orleans, and the company has been featured several times in local business and lifestyle publications, including the March issue of Southern Living. “I am extremely grateful for the tremendous support our expansion project has received,” said Williams. “This funding will help us grow our company and better serve our customers.”

Williams started her entrepreneurial dreams early, winning the Regions New Venture Challenge student business plan competition while enrolled at Samford’s Brock School of Business. “We are obviously thrilled that Heather has been so successful building her clothing company,” said Howard Finch, dean of the Brock School of Business. “Young, growing businesses often have to borrow money or sell stock in the company to raise growth capital. By using Kickstarter as a crowdfunding source, Heather has been able raise a large amount of money from people who believe in her business without having to take on additional debt or sell some of her ownership in the company.”
About the Brock School of Business at Samford University:

Samford University’s Brock School of Business has a long history of achievements in business education. The university has offered degrees in business and commerce since 1922. In 1965, the School of Business was established to offer both bachelors and masters degrees in business. It was formally named the Brock School in 2007 for Birmingham banker and Samford trustee Harry B. Brock Jr., reflecting his long career in business and his commitment to high quality business and entrepreneurship education. The Brock School of Business holds AACSB Accreditation, the benchmark of quality worldwide and the most widely sought after standard of excellence by U.S. business schools.