For the past 8 years, Luisa has operated her family-run pet supply business out of the weekend flea market in San Jose with help from her husband Garrett and, occasionally, their teenage daughter. Luisa currently specializes in bird cages and accessories, toys and supplies for dogs, and cages, food and supplies for hamsters, guinea pigs and rabbits.
Recently, when the aquatic supply business next door to Luisa’s shut down, Luisa decided to jump at the chance to expand her business and begin selling fish and aquatic life merchandise. But buying all the inventory for the new product line is expensive and she also needs a new store awning and sign to better advertise her store. A $3,500 loan will help Luisa purchase the new inventory and the new signage and awning and greatly increase her store’s sales and foot traffic.
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