Stories

SewPretty Designs

SewPretty Designs
Microlender:
Pathway Lending
Impact:
Equipment purchase for business expansion and production efficiency.
Location:
Chatanooga, TN
Loan Amount:
$10,000
From baby shower gifts to a booming business, SewPretty Designs has grown from a hobby into a successful small business. Owner Shena Allen was inspired by the personalized and monogrammed gifts she received at the baby shower for her daughter ...
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Four Brothers Wood-Fired Pizza

Four Brothers Wood-Fired Pizza
Microlender:
Pathway Lending
Impact:
Funds provided working capital for funding pizzeria operations.
Location:
Clarksville, TN
Loan Amount:
$20,000
With a passion for a unique pizza experience and with over 10+ years of experience working in the pizza and restaurant industry, in early 2020, husband and wife, Jamaal and Christa Bradley, opened Four Brothers Wood-Fired Pizza in Clarksville, Tennessee ...
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Aenon Auto Recycling & Parts

Aenon Auto Recycling & Parts
Microlender:
Pathway Lending
Impact:
Provided an acquisition loan for additional working capital, supporting revenue growth.
Location:
Cookeville, TN
Loan Amount:
$10,000
For Leonardo Vazquez, owning an automotive repair company was always the dream. After moving to Cookeville, Tennessee, his nephew Edgar shared that the owner of the local junkyard he had worked at for six years was up for sale. They ...
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Fishing Creek Jewelry

Fishing Creek Jewelry
Microlender:
Mountain Association
Impact:
Business financing on facilities and equipment for jewelry production.
Location:
Somerset, KY
Loan Amount:
n/a
Jarod Cox grew up exploring the edges of Fishing Creek in Pulaski County. He became interested in jewelry at a young age, often sculpting beads from the Kentucky clay that he found in the creek and collecting geodes. Fast forward ...
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Mike’s Hike & Bike

Mike's Hike & Bike
Microlender:
Mountain Association
Impact:
Microloan assisted in business and inventory financing.
Location:
Richmond, KY
Loan Amount:
n/a
Come on in. Browse. Ask questions. Get Advice. Play. That’s the business philosophy of Mike Hale, owner of Mike’s Hike & Bike in Richmond, Kentucky. The shop provides all gear for backpacking, cycling, kayaking and climbing, as well as repairs, ...
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Aeroforce Logistics

Aeroforce Logistics
Microlender:
Wisconsin Womens Business Initiative Corporation
Impact:
Financing the startup of an aeronautics parts supplier business owned by a veteran and woman.
Location:
Milwaukee, WI
Loan Amount:
$50,000
Heather Varney learned to be a resourceful problem solver and a good communicator at an early age. While in the Marine Corps, she experienced a bad accident, which had a galvanizing effect. She decided that if there was something she ...
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Rustic Rooster Custom Metal

Rustic Rooster Custom Metal
Microlender:
Mountain Association
Impact:
Business capital for manufacturing operation.
Location:
Whitesburg, KY
Loan Amount:
n/a
Rod opened Rustic Rooster Custom Metal in March 2017 in Whitesburg, Kentucky. A Letcher County native, Rod earned his teaching degree from Alice Lloyd College. Graduating at a time when many teachers were being laid off, he spent 11 years ...
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Taco Holler

Taco Holler
Microlender:
Mountain Association
Impact:
Startup business loan that enabled a community-focused pandemic business pivot.
Location:
Harlan, KY
Loan Amount:
n/a
Ashley Bledsoe is the mastermind behind Harlan County’s Taco Holler, a food truck and catering business established in 2017. After coming up with the idea during a visit to Taco Luchador, a popular taco spot in Louisville, Kentucky, Ashley and ...
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Copy Cats Printing Company

Copy Cats Printing Company
Microlender:
Mountain Association
Impact:
Pandemic-related small business financing and business consulting.
Location:
Paintsville, KY
Loan Amount:
n/a
Debbie Stepp of Copy Cats Printing has been providing printing services out of her shop in Paintsville, Kentucky, for more than 13 years. She has helped countless families and businesses celebrate significant moments like baby showers, graduations and grand openings ...
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