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Mrs. Connie Fails

Wrong Connie Fails?


Phone: (501) ***-****  
Email: c***@***.org
Local Address:  Little Rock , Arkansas , United States
Clinton Foundation
1301 Ave of the Americas # 37
New York , New York 10019
United States

Company Description: The Clinton Foundation builds partnerships of great purpose between businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals everywhere to deliver lasting solutions and...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock
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Answer Central - The Woman Who Started Bill Clinton's Museum Store - FORTUNE SMALL BUSINESS, 20 Jan 2005 [cached]
When Connie Fails was asked in December 2003 to create the gift shop that would accompany Bill Clinton's presidential library, she was hesitant.At the time, Fails owned a popular apparel company in Little Rock, Ark., that had been in business for more than a quarter of a century.
Over the years, Fails had visited the Clintons at the White House and seen them at barbecues.
Still, Fails wasn't sure she wanted to run the Clinton Museum Store( that would be down the street from the William J. Clinton Presidential Center."It was scary for me," she says."I feared giving up something that I had done for such a long time."She didn't know if she could manage a bigger enterprise; she didn't even know how to use a computer. (Up till then, she had only used it to e-mail friends.) And then there were her employees.Fails didn't want to close her business and let them go.Some cutters, sewers, and saleswomen had been with her for years.
Fails also liked the security of owning her own small business."Today, I see people in their mid-50s looking toward new careers, instead of retirement," she says."But when I started noticing this trend of people completely changing their careers, I thought that that'd never happen to me, because I'd never want to take that risk."
Then one of Fails' customers made her an offer.The woman had just received a $1 million grant to provide training for women recently released from prison.She proposed buying Fails' inventory, hiring her employees and starting a new venture that would help train former convicts to work in the clothing business.Fails could remain the company's designer.With her employees taken care of, Fails accepted the woman's proposal and went to work for the Clinton Foundation.
Though Fails had already built a successful business, she had a hard time getting the museum store off the ground.
Since the museum store,and the library,opened in mid-November, it has racked up more than $500,000 in sales. (The foundation had projected that the first year's sales would be around $300,000.) The store has six employees besides Fails, as well as eight part-time volunteers.
Fails is glad that she was able to overcome her initial fears and take up the challenge of creating the Clinton Museum Store."When the opportunity came, I had actually been thinking about if I wanted to (continue running my clothing shop) for the rest of my life, or something else," she says."This is the most incredible offer I could ever get: to do something I like to do,design and create,and do it for someone who I've known for so long and who I love so much.But there still was that initial fear."
Here's some advice from Fails on what to do if you're thinking about starting a new business venture, but you're afraid of letting go of your old one:
Deal with your fears."You have to just push through it," she says.
And what does Fails think of her new venture? - Clinton Presidential Center Little Rock Arkansas Clinton Presidental Library, 9 Nov 2005 [cached]
Connie Fails, director of sales and marketing for the Clinton Museum Store in the River Market District, said the store was predicted to bring in $300,000 its first year.
CenturyTel Community Portal - Movies, Shopping, Recipes, Web Links, Theater Listings and Tabloid and Entertainment News, 10 Sept 2004 [cached]
Clinton's office in New York has already reviewed the CD liner notes and Clinton Museum Store operator Connie Fails said it will be on sale in a month to five weeks.
The bright blue Aquaduct made it ..., 20 July 2008 [cached]
The bright blue Aquaduct made it to Arkansas after Clinton Museum Store owner Connie Fails' son - a professional cyclist - mentioned on his blog a YouTube video about the bike.
Peter Max, whose exhibit opened at ... [cached]
Peter Max, whose exhibit opened at the Clinton Center yesterday, held a book signing after a lecture Monday, February 16th, 2009. Pictured here with Clinton Museum Store manager Connie Fails, Peter plans to visit with Larry King at the Center today. For more information, click here.Â
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