Nautilus Pottery

Nautilus Pottery

Lakeland,Tenn--Rose Conway, a retired Veteran from the U.S. Navy, began her company, Nautilus Pottery as a hobby. After serving in the military for 24 years, Conway decided she should pursue a hobby or two and maybe start a business. She established a reputation for her superior artwork and pottery after using a kiln supplied to her by a nearby community center.

In 2014, Rose Conway attended a Boots 2 Business training event in Millington at the U.S. Navy installation there. SBA and its resource partners, the TN Small Business Development Center (TSBDC)and the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) in Starkville, MS support the two-day training course for active duty in transition and retired Veterans--and their families. The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) is a national SBA partner in this training program which also includes a one-day program called ReBoot.

Rose Conway displayed her pottery during the two-day training course at Millington Naval Support Activity and received unanimous rave reviews and comments from the attendees and the trainers. She has turned a successful hobby into a successful business, producing custom pottery, jewelry, dishes, cups and vases in a rainbow of designs, shapes and colors.

In July of 2016, Rose was selected to present her business to the SBA Administrator, Maria Contreras-Sweet, as a Boots 2 Business Success Story when the Administrator visited Memphis. Rose presented Administrator Sweet with some very artistic pottery, receiving accolades from all who attended the presentation.

George Colgate, a counselor with the TSBDC, was a presenter in the first Boots 2 Business course presented at Millington and has become a counselor and mentor to Rose Conway since 2014. 'Rose is a great example of a Veteran entrepreneur who took her skills and artistic talent seriously and made a business that continues to grow in sales and profits,' notes Colgate.

'Nautilus Pottery and Rose Conway have been featured in the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Memphis Magazine, and several other publications,' according to Rory Thomas, TSBDC Director in Memphis.  Thomas recently nominated Rose Conway to be the SBA Tennessee Veteran Owned Small Business of the Year.

'I've learned a lot from Boots 2 Business and can say it was really worth it to attend the program and be motivated to start a business and to help others with their businesses,' says Conway.

Nautilus Pottery and Rose Conway also believe in giving back to the community. The company has provided in-kind donations to

St. Jude Childrens' Hospital, ALIVE Rescue Memphis, and many other worthwhile organizations.

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