Total loan: $5,900


Jersey City, NJ, United States / Clothing

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Joanna's story

I grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey and graduated from The College of New Jersey with a BA in Sociology. Throughout my youth, I had always loved to paint, draw, and make things. During my college years, I became interested in sustainability issues and spent time with a vibrant community of social entrepreneurs that aimed to foster economic and environmental change in Trenton, New Jersey. I learned first-hand the important role small businesses play in providing jobs and in pioneering sustainable products and services that allow consumers to vote for social change with their dollars. I took up screen printing as a hobby after coming up with a design I wanted to see on a shirt. After attending a national trade show and learning about the imprinted apparel industry, I realized I could turn my hobby into a business. I also realized there is a growing need for printed, environmentally-friendly apparel. Shortly after, I attended Rising Tide Capital’s 12-week Community Business Academy, which helped equip me with the practical knowledge I needed to successfully manage a business. I have invested much time and personal funds into Triple Green Custom Print Developers, and the company has been fulfilling custom orders and growing for the past 2 years.