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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

PELHAM, GA (WALB) - The recession and high unemployment rate prompted more South Georgians to start their own businesses.

Tuesday we spoke with a couple of entrepreneurs in Pelham whose small home business has grown to sell products nationwide.

They have advice and inspirational words for anyone who wants to do the same.

Some might say Steven and Angie Turner have it made. The happy couple has two beautiful children, Steven's the mayor of Pelham, and they run a thriving business.

"We didn't expect it to grow as quickly as it did," said Steven Turner.

They started Hype Strype over four years ago. They manufacture gift products like notecards, stationaries and t-shirts, and sell them to retail stores all over the country.

"We've grown from 1 product to 80 products," said the Turners.

Angie does the designing, Steven handles the logistics.

They sell to stores in over 35 states. But it all started with a hobby and a passion that Angie decided to run with.

"As a child I loved coloring, and patterns, and bright colors," said Angie.

Now, they want to use their success, to inspire others. Many people in their community have lost their jobs and struggle to make ends meet.  The Turner's say find something you love, and go for it.

"Go back to what you love to do. Go back to that and find a way to make money from it," said Angie Turner.

"And don't listen to people who say you can't do it. Because you can, if you love it, it will work out," said Steven Turner.

And, they say if you're looking to start a business in a small town you may find it has it's benefits.

"I think being in a small town you benefit from having your own business because the community gets behind you and gets excited about something that comes from here," said Steven.

The Turner's hope to one day sell their products in all 50 states.

But for now they'll continue to follow their dream, doing what they love, and inspiring others around them to do the same.

The Turner's manufacture everything out of their Pelham facility. They don't order anything from overseas.

They say Hype Strype has done well despite tough times because many of their products sell for $20 or less.

You can check them out online:

http://www.hypestrype.com/

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