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Total loan: $3,000

Winston

Jersey City, NJ, United States / Services

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A loan helped purchase much-needed software that will enhance our customer service and allow our business to grow by enabling us to serve more clients effectively and efficiently.


Winston's story

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, I moved to New York City at 5 years old with my parents, hoping to realize the American dream. I had a troubled childhood—my mom moved me and my three siblings to a small studio apartment because of my father’s abuse and alcoholism. I spent most of my teenage years in the streets of New York City, struggling with drug abuse and gangs. After a 20-year battle with substance abuse, I became resolute about turning my life around and spent an entire year in rehab. Upon completion, I enrolled in the Business Administration program at San Francisco State University and received my Bachelor’s degree. It is my staunch belief that the adversity we overcome in our lives has the capacity to forge what we are destined to do and who we are at our very core. I know this to be true in my life, as the challenges I faced created the passion I have for coaching others out of similar situations. Having a strong desire to make a difference, I decided to leverage my degree in Business Administration and pursue a career as a life coach, business coach, and non-profit consultant. I’ve served as a social worker, drug counselor, and program counselor for individual clients and organizations such as The United Way, New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Mental Health Association of NJ, The Bowery Mission, and Circuit City. Through my company, Strategic Business Associates, LLC., I am currently providing business education and coaching services to clients of Rising Tide Capital, a Jersey City, NJ-based 501-c3 non-profit organization that provides education, training, coaching and technical assistance to low-income entrepreneurs.