Viv&Lou and its’ parent company, Wholesale Boutique, is a proud member of the Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).
“Owning a business is a never ending process of small steps, if you don’t take the next step you will stay exactly where you are. A successful business doesn’t just happen; you have to make it happen.” -Denise Thigpen, Owner/CEO of Wholesale Boutique
WBENC’s national standard of certification is a meticulous process including an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51% owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.
By including women-owned businesses among their suppliers, corporations and government agencies demonstrate their commitment to fostering diversity and the continued development of their supplier diversity programs.
Wholesale Boutique and Viv&Lou were named to this prestigious national council because of the efforts put forth by its’ female Owner/CEO, Denise Thigpen, who has built the company from the ground up. The South Carolina based company and Inc. 5000 award recipient has experienced a growth of 230% since 2013. They have upgraded their facilities to a spacious 68,000 square foot facility in Myrtle Beach and a 3,000 square foot showroom in AmericasMart Atlanta.
The company is a supplier of bags, accessories, apparel, and home goods. The Wholesale Boutique brand is sold directly to retailers and the Viv&Lou lifestyle brand is sold on a wholesale level to retailers as well as directly to the consumers. The exclusively designed products are fun, fashionable, and perfect for personalization.
As a strategic thinker, Thigpen understands the need to always move forward. From product design to customer service, the company evolves by implementing new and innovative business practices that better each and every department throughout the company. Thigpen attributes the success of Wholesale Boutique to the work ethic taught to her at a young age by her parents, her hard-working staff, and her loyal customers.