COASTAL EMPIRE EXTERIORS D/B/A FOUR SEASONS SUNROOMS
SANDY AND KIP LEE
12203 APACHE AVENUE
SAVANNAH, GA 31419
Sandy and Kip Lee moved to Savannah in order to realize their dream – owning and operating small business that constructs sunrooms and conservatories. With a limited amount of money to start the business, Sandy and Kip procured the franchise rites for the Savannah and Coastal Empire territory and set to making their business a success.
The initial location that they were able to lease was a small retail space in a local strip center. The landlord prohibited any improvements to the space as well as any outside signage. Not very conducive to a business that sells all glass sunrooms! But, Sandy and Kip persevered. They hung a banner between the poles in front of their store and rented a billboard above the strip center. Kip began to sell sunrooms and the word of mouth spread. Sandy handled all the customer service needs and coordinated all the building permit requirements. In slightly over a year’s time, Sandy and Kip had established their new business on a strong footing in the community.
In early 2001, Sandy and Kip decided it was time to take their business to the next level. That level was to build a showroom in a stand-alone location. The building would have at least three of their showrooms attached to it, giving customers a true feel for the product – not standing inside a sunroom under the roof of a strip center. They wanted to build a “showcase palace.”
Sandy and Kip approached SunTrust Bank to seek financing for this request. Their banker referred Sandy and Kip to the SBDC to prepare an expansion plan and to SBAC to obtain the necessary financing for the project. The SBAC representative assisted Sandy and Kip in obtaining an SBA 504 Loan and a Savannah Regional Small Business Capital Fund Loan to build their new building and an SBA 7(a) loan for their working capital needs.
If you ever want to stand in an all glass room, in the heat of the summer, and still feel cool, stop by the Four Seasons sunroom and check out their product. It is truly amazing!