Stories

Milo Fitness Factory

Milo Fitness Factory
Microlender:
Chicanos Por La Causa
Impact:
Startup capital to create a fitness business
Location:
Tucson, AZ
Loan Amount:
$43,000
Alan and Kare Williams have a continuing goal to serve their Tucson community. After a combined 50 years as First Responders in Tucson, AZ, they decided to take on the adventure of entrepreneurship by opening CrossFit Milo ...
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MedCode Professional Career Academy

MedCode Professional Career Academy
Microlender:
Pathway Lending
Impact:
Purchased the curriculum license, teaching equipment for starting a medical billing professional development business.
Location:
Nashville, TN
Loan Amount:
$15,000
Jasmine Hall’s first job in her teens was in medical collections, a role where she found a natural talent for understanding the terminology and explaining bills to patients. As a young mother, Jasmine was looking for a higher paying career ...
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Mariama’s Beauty Supply Story

Mariama’s Beauty Supply Story
Microlender:
Coastal Enterprises
Impact:
Financing an inventory expansion for a woman-owned MBE.
Location:
Portland, ME
Loan Amount:
$5,000
In January 2012, when Mariama Jallow arrived in the United States from her home country Gambia, she had ambitions to be a part of the growing immigrant business‐owner community in Portland, Maine. After overcoming many hurdles, including advocating for and ...
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Dellwood Pharmacy

Dellwood Pharmacy
Microlender:
Justine PETERSEN
Impact:
PPP Loan retained their 4 person staff during the pandemic
Location:
St. Louis, MO
Loan Amount:
$16,000
Dellwood Pharmacy is located in north St. Louis County in an area that is considered a “pharmacy desert,” where in recent years two major chain pharmacies have closed. Rebecca Mawuenega first came to Justine PETERSEN to access an SBA Community Advantage ...
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Revive Outreach

Revive Outreach
Microlender:
Justine PETERSEN
Impact:
A loan supporting affordable housing outreach.
Location:
Saint Charles, MO
Loan Amount:
$10,500
Revive Outreach Inc. helps individuals and families as they seek to improve their quality of life through the provision of safe, secure and affordable housing and economics security. This loan assisted Revive Outreach Inc, in their commitment to provide affordable ...
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Ms. Niecy’s Learning Center

Ms. Niecy’s Learning Center
Microlender:
Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs
Impact:
A loan that consolidated payments and eased the burden of the pandemic on an early learning center
Location:
Atlanta, GA
Loan Amount:
n/a
As one of the premier daycare facilities in Southwest Atlanta, Ms. Niecy’s is more than a daycare center - it is an award-winning childcare facility. The Commercial Entrepreneur of the Year Award was presented to owners John and JuanisaKimbrough in ...
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Jolie Day Spa

Jolie Day Spa
Microlender:
Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs
Impact:
A loan to jumpstart business operations during COVID-19
Location:
Dahlonega, GA
Loan Amount:
$50,000
Jolie Day Spa and Salon is a full-service spa located in downtown Dahlonega, Georgia. This small business loan was to provide permanent working capital for Nicole Wimpy to restart business operations post Covid-19. Nicole was able to cut expenses, start a ...
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Eclectic 79 Home Furniture Store

Eclectic 79 Home Furniture Store
Microlender:
Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs
Impact:
Supported a furniture retailer through the pandemic
Location:
Dalton, GA
Loan Amount:
n/a
Juan Carlos and Viviana Ramirez, owners of Eclectic 79 Home Furniture Store in Dalton, Georgia first learned about ACE when they needed a small business loan to purchase inventory in January 2020.  Furniture sales were going well until the pandemic ...
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My Sister’s Keeper Daycare & Preschool

My Sister's Keeper Daycare & Preschool
Microlender:
MoFi
Impact:
Expansion of early childhood education on the Flathead Indian Reservation
Location:
Flathead Indian Reservation, MT
Loan Amount:
$11,277
Christina Carmichael had visions of expanding her daycare and preschool on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Western Montana. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, those plans kicked into high gear, as Christina started taking more kids and needed to expand the ...
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