Business owner gives back to community

Unemployed woman opens own business

OILDALE, Calif. - A woman who was struggling to get unemployment benefits a few years ago decided to open her own business last year and now she wants to give back to the community.

In 2009 after Juanita Bradshaw got laid off from her job, she was getting nowhere with unemployment benefits.
Bradshaw then contacted 23 ABC and we got her in contact with someone at the Employment Development Department who could help.

"Your station provided me with resources to contact them. I was able to get through and able to get my unemployment benefits," said Bradshaw.

But after several months of looking for work and going back to school to get her master’s degree, a job was nowhere to be found.

"I realized the only way I was going to work was to buy my own job," said Bradshaw.

So after losing about 100 pounds this woman of faith decided to sell her old clothes to help make ends meet. That venture turned out to be successful. Last year she opened Fashion Plus Size on North Chester which sells new and used plus-size clothes for men and women.

"It has been amazing, the growth has been phenomenal. I have many, many customers. I look around and I am in awe to see what a mighty God can do," said Bradshaw.

What started off as the clothes from her personal closet became the catalyst to open the store. Now, she is taking those clothes to give back to the community.

"I'm going to have a drawing for someone to come in and I will dress them for an interview," said Bradshaw.

Bradshaw is going to give a job interview outfit to one person per month to help in their job search.

"I want to help as many people as I can while I can," said Bradshaw.

Anyone who is plus-size looking for work can go by her shop, drop off their resume. She will draw one name for the free outfit.
Bradshaw said she's giving back because she has been there and done that.

"I know how hard it was for me, especially after I lost all the weight. I didn't have any clothes and couldn't even afford to buy any clothes," said Bradshaw.

Fashion Plus Size is located at 204 North Chester. Contact the store at 661-393-4907.

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