Lizbeth Inc. & Resources
Lizbeth, Inc., dba BarryBasics, was incorporated in 2005 in the State of South Carolina. Owned and operated by Liz Taylor-Barry, the company’s purpose is to design, develop, coordinate the manufacture of, sell and resale any and all specialty apparel clothing and materials, and provide business and product development services.
Liz Taylor-Barry, Business Owner
Liz Taylor-Barry’s professional experience includes administrative management, government service in the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate and U.S. Small Business Administration, lobbying, federal contracting and procurement, fundraising, efficiency consulting, and small business development, marketing, and outreach.
In 2008, Liz designed and contracting the manufacturing of a new line of modular medical apparel for patients with limited mobility challenges; and created a 501(c)(3), the Al Barry Foundation (www.albarryfoundation.org) to serve Wounded Warriors and Veterans in honor of her late husband, Lt. Col. Albert P. Barry, USMC, Retired (1936-2007). The apparel is available on line at www.barrybasics.com.
Liz retired from federal government service, last serving as Senior Policy Advisor to the Chair, Olympia Snowe, on the U.S. Senate Committee on Entrepreneurship and Small Business in Washington, D.C. In addition to working on legislation to improve small business opportunities and preparing speeches for the Committee Chair, was responsible for all non-credit legislative activities during the preparation of the 3-year Reauthorization of SBA programs and services. She served in the same position in 1997 at the request of the Committee Chair, Kit Bond. Prior to returning to Washington, D.C., Liz served as Director of Marketing and Outreach in the South Carolina District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) from 1994 until January of 2003. Responsibilities included the oversight and management of SBA’s economic development programs and the 8(a) Business Development Program. In 1993, service began at SBA’s Headquarters in Washington, D.C., in the position of Director of Marketing, Office of Business Initiatives and Educational Training. An 18-year career in Washington, D.C., included Member and committee staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. During tenure on Capitol Hill, Liz advanced to the position of Administration Assistant/Director of DC Operations, to Senator Steve Symms, and was responsible for office administration, legislative initiatives, and representing the Member’s political interests in Washington, D.C.
From 1986 until 1991, Liz was Director of Government Affairs of the McNair Group, Inc., a consulting firm established by the McNair Law Firm of South Carolina. Her expertise focused on federal and congressional activities on a grassroots national level as well as on a client specific level. Clients were academic institutions and businesses needing assistance in the government regulatory, procurement and legislative areas. She also planned and initiated political fundraising activities in Washington, D.C. and ten major cities on a volunteer and paid consultant basis.
RESOURCES used by Lizbeth, Inc.
I must give thanks and appreciation to the many resources that have helped me take an idea and make it a product for consumers.
The first appointment I made was with the Women’s Program at the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (www.scmep.org/) and was then referred to Clemson Apparel Research (car.clemson.edu/). At the time, the program at MEP was partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (www.sba.gov). For business start-up and financing issues, you may also check with the SBA.
My second meeting was with Clemson Apparel Research (Clemson University) in Pendleton, South Carolina, and after consultation, I contracted with them to make my patterns, samples, and small volume cut and sew contracting. Their staff is excellent, experienced and knows the sewn products industry.
The National Association of the Sewn Products Industry (www.seams.org/) is one of the greatest resources I have found. Their web site is a complete resource. Whenever I had a question, they had an answer. Their conferences are invaluable and the networking a must for a start-up.
Alamac Knits (www.alamacknits.com/) graciously worked with me to select fabric and colors (we selected military service colors for our Wounded Warrior program). And most importantly, they were willing to work with me in small volume orders.
Creative Outlet (www.creativeoutlet.info/) of Morehead City, North Carolina, was the first cut and sew company to offer services and a great experience in the production of sewn products.
YKK (www.ykk-usa.com/) provided the snap tape that is the fastener for modular clothing.
For the ever growing list of vendors and suppliers, I always turn to US owned companies to produce printing, labeling, elastic, threads, buttons, and snaps. They include: DelMark for transfer labels, PaperMart for packaging, and American Printing for hang tags and printing jobs.