Thank you all for the good advice. Sorry that it took a while for me to get back with you, but work and family have been very busy this month and I have not had a lot of time to post well thought out responses.
I did purchase a promaster boom stand. I wouldn't say it was the same quality as the manfrotto, but it's good enough for me to get started. I also got a pair of rogue flash benders (large) with the soft box covers for them. The main part for me, after spending a couple of hours in my not-so-local camera store opted for a portable option, and these should fit the bill. As I grow, I'll expand/change accordingly, but for now, I've got a lot to learn with what I have. Let me learn from my current set up and I'll post some results as soon as I think they are worthy for critique.
Again, thank you all for your help!