Meredith Beregovski has found her niche.
The Loft at 14th, a private event space located in downtown Concord on Cabarrus Avenue, is proof of just how serious the UNC Chapel Hill alumna is about event planning for her community.
Beregovski, 25, is owner of The Loft, a two-level space that can accommodate 100 people in its 1,400 square feet in an historical building dating back to 1902.
Her target is Concord residents who need rental space for events including corporate meetings, bridal events and baby showers. Her goal is to offer an alternative space for a reasonable fee in the $500-$800 range. Beregovski charges more if she plans the event.
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When Beregovski graduated from college in December 2007, she worked in real estate with her mother, owner of the Brenda Cline Group.
"I started in the family business as a transaction manager, but I always had the dream to become a wedding planner," she said.
Her dream became clear when she planned her own wedding.
"There were no places to get married when Dmitri (her husband) and I got married," she said of her May 2009 wedding.
While she eventually hired a wedding planner, the dream of becoming a successful event planner herself always remained.
Three months later, she began the search for a place for her new company.
When her brother, Carl Cline, was unable to sell his loft after a year on the market, he offered to rent the space to Beregovski. She jumped at the opportunity.
With the help of historical grants, she was able to furnish the facility.
Now, the 1902 space has a modern feel. It took three months for the vision to come together. The Loft is one of Beregovski's proudest accomplishments.
She succeeded because of the help and support of her family.
"My mom is my biggest cheerleader," she said.
Beregovski grew up in Concord and is a dedicated member of the Cabarrus County Young Professionals Network and an active member of the Cabarrus Regional Chamber of Commerce.
On Feb. 11, the Chamber of Commerce recognized Beregovski's accomplishment with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Among the attendees was her elementary school principal, now Concord'sMayor, Scott Padgett.
"She was an excellent student," he said. "I've kept up with her as I'm real proud of her, she's creative - I admire her courage to open a business. Her talent and good common sense mean she will be successful."
Since the business opened in November 2009, she has held seven events at The Loft, including an engagement party, bridal shower, going-away party and even a 30th birthday celebration.
As for Beregovski, a young, optimistic professional seeking out great things for her business, she has a five-year plan: "Be busy and grow great reps in the community, also to find a larger venue."
And she has some advice for others who have the same drive.
"If you are thinking about starting your own business," she says, "don't be afraid to ask questions...a lot of questions...some of the best answers I got were from the questions that I didn't think I should ask."