Birds and the Bees Collectible Dolls

Birds and the Bees Collectible Dolls

January 2014

Julie Molloy always had an enormous love of dolls as a little girl. She always believed she would grow up to make and create her own baby dolls. At the age of 15, she would gather scraps of material and old nylons to create her dolls. She later found the wonderful clays that were available to create he dolls with and it took off from there. She sculpted for two big reputable doll companies since 2001, and has since then went on to create her own doll business, The Birds & Bees Collectible Dolls.

Julie Malloy

Julie Malloy

Julie is continuing to perfect the artistic side of growing her doll business, and learning the business aspects for growing her business. She has put into place a business plan, which she commented, “changes daily,” to help guide where she needs to go next and look ahead for the future. ”I have gone from ‘dream’ to ‘reality’ in one year,”  said Julie.

When Julie was asked what attributed to the growth of her business she acknowledge first her own passion and desire to create wonderful dolls for little girls, young and old. Secondly, Julie recognized Rita Dahmen and the Small Business & Technology Development Center (Michigan SBTDC).  “They need to be given a great amount of credit. I honestly feel I would not be where I am today without their guidance,” stated Julie Molloy. She also acknowledged the support of her husband, family and friends. The SBTDC involvement with Julie began about a year ago when she signed up for classes at the Sanilac Career Center. “The SBTDC has provided me with the BEST opportunities to contribute to the growth of my doll business. It sometimes becomes very overwhelming doing this all on my own. Only with their support and guidance, have I been able to move forward with my business. The SBTDC offers very important and valuable information on how to grow a business. The SBTDC program is vital to have as a resource to take dreams to their highest levels.” She continued to say,  “firmly believe, if you stop dreaming&you stop growing,” Julie Molloy.

Julie-pic-2“Julie’s progress has been remarkable,” added Rita Dahmen, Region 5 SBTDC Business Consultant. “She has now developed her business plan that will take her through her initial start-up, but also through long range planning for a business that will be doing a great amount of interstate commerce in 2009. “She has applied for, and has been favorably viewed as a prime candidate for a $30,000 SBA loan at a bank that has had very few, if any SBA loans. This marks a milestone for the bank, as well as for Julie.”

Julie has experienced growth in several markets. Her business solely consists of baby dolls and they appeal to mothers buying an heirloom for their daughter(s), but also women who appreciate a unique and creative doll for their collection. “My dolls bring out the child in all of us,” commented Julie Molloy.  She has recently placed an ad in a national magazine and is now receiving calls from states other than Michigan. Her target market has been doll collectors but the market for what is known as “reborns”, which are dolls that are the most life-like.

Baby-Becca-pic-3The vision for the future of The Bird & Bees Collectable Dolls gives Julie personal satisfaction to provide the collectors with the most unique and the highest quality dolls available on the market. Her future vision is to become the first choice in purchasing dolls for collections and pleasure. “I would also like to become big enough to support a retail doll shop along with possible manufacturing creating exciting job opportunities for Sanilac County- and of course, make lots of money!” stated Julie. Julie’s growth is attributed to her passion to strive to be the best, personal support, and the services of the SBTDC. If you would like to see Julie Molloy’s creative and intricate work visit her website athttp://www.juliemolloydolls.com/