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Martha O'Bryan Center helps women get GED, start company


What started out as a class at the Martha O'Bryan Center in Nashville has turned into a profitable business.

In just few months, the women with the adult education program has learned what it takes to create and run a successful business.

Just in time for the upcoming holidays, the fledgling company has received orders from an east Nashville business that will sell the bath and body products in their store.

The company Piece of Love is the brainchild of Ruth Brown, who is teaching the women to make bath and body products.

The women are learning to make soap from scratch, candles, lip balm, lotion bars, laundry powder and body butter while also working toward getting their GED.

"It's fun for one thing," said Vernell McHenry, one of the women in the class, "I get to meet a lot of new people."

"They're learning to work as a team," added Brown, "They're learning social skills that go into that and decision making processes."

McHenry told Nashville's News 2 it is exciting to see the business grow.

"I'm learning how to sell and promote myself," she said.

Piece of Love, which started over the summer, is getting noticed in the community.

"This holiday season we've got a large order from Green Wagon, which is a green store in east Nashville," said Brown, "And they've placed a large order, so we're doubling what we're making. This is the first time our product will be available in a store, so that's a huge vote of confidence from the Green Wagon, both in the idea of what we're doing and our products will be good products."

"It's a good thing, I think, for everyone," said McHenry, who told Nashville's News 2 she dreams of opening her own business someday.

Brown said even though the class officially ends in December Piece of Love will continue and proceeds from the sales of the bath and body products will go toward the education fund at the Martha O'Bryan Center.

Piece of Love products will be available November 19 at the Coffee County High School at Coffee County Holiday Market, at the Green Wagon beginning Friday, November 25 and at Christmas Fest December 3-4 at the Nashville First Church of the Nazarene.

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