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Specialty Fabrics Review interviews Maureen Kelly, owner of The Design Loft

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What is your industry prediction?

I don’t put a lot of credibility in predictions. You can’t control outside forces; you just have to do the best you can, move forward and employ out-of-the-box thinking.

What is your business strength?

I’m very good at keeping organized, understanding the end point, and coordinating everything that goes on between that first sketch and the completed piece.

What is your business philosophy?

You have to love what you do, always believe in yourself and focus on where you want to be.

What is your advice for others?

Get an advisory board. We have an outside-of-the-industry advisory board made up of people from manufacturing, finance and marketing—they’ve made us see things differently.

Sigrid Tornquist is a freelance author and editor based in St. Paul, Minn.

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