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Total loan: $5,000
Fairfield, CT, United States / Retail
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A loan helped advertise my business to attract new customers to my new and improved location.
I was born in Cleveland, OH and grew up in Albany, GA. I come from a family of creative people (artists, writers, performers) so they were not surprised when I chose to pursue art as a career. I graduated from the Savannah College of Art & Design in 2002 with a plan to be a children's book illustrator. I moved closer to NYC to be near the major publishing houses. While I submitted art samples and waited to hear back from publishers, I taught myself how to do graphic design and found a job at a clothing catalog company. There I learned about fabrics, predicting fashion trends and customer acquisition and retention. I received on-the-job training in digital design there so when that company moved out of state, I was hired as the Design Production Manager for a furniture company. In my two years there, I learned a lot about marketing, the printing process and how the world of retail works. Little did I know then how these skills would serve me well as a entrepreneur! I became a mom in February of 2008 and when the Recession hit hard later that year I was unemployed with thousands of other Americans. I tried to find work for months but it was hard to compete for entry level jobs with colleagues that had years of experience over me. I noticed that things were accumulating around my house that my daughter had barely worn or used. After speaking with other parents I knew, it was clear to me that I wasn't the only one frustrated with my options. I could donate the things to charity but that wouldn't help me get what she needed now. Why couldn't I just swap a too-small item for something similar in the next size up? Aha! That's when Gumdrop Swap was born. My son was born in 2013. Running a business, being a wife and mother of two busy children, is not easy. But my business allows me to provide my children with everything they need. I know that they will grow up and be proud of what I have accomplished. I want them to dream big and know that doing things the right way, helping people and seeking the support of others is the way to accomplish their goals. I envision franchising my company and Gumdrop Swap becoming a household name. Your loan will help me to work towards that goal.