Total loan: $10,000


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Baltimore, MD, United States / Food

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A loan helped a single mother of three and entrepreneur expand sales of her handcrafted treats in Baltimore, Maryland .

Laquicha's story

I have always had a passion for creating items that were" outside of the box" and after starting my family over 16 yrs ago, cooking became second nature. As a result of two passions growing together Berries by Quicha was created. Berries By Quicha allows me be very creative while making the many taste buds" Berry" Happy. In order to generate some income, I sold chocolate covered strawberries for Valentines Day 2014. They were not your average chocolate covered strawberries. We had different flavors, colors and a variety of toppings. My family and I dipped over 50 dozen strawberries during this sweet heart season and orders continued to flow in after the holiday. It was amazing to put a smile on so many faces and make so many taste buds happy. The feeling was so surreal and I knew right then that selling uniquely dipped chocolate covered strawberries was my destiny! We opened our 1st location inside of the Best Western Plus Hotel within six months of our start. Naturally I am a very creative person, so I was up for every "Berry" challenge that presented itself. From making chocolate covered strawberry Chicks for Easter, to chocolate covered strawberries in the shape of a purse for Mother's Day, Berries By Quicha quickly made a name for itself in the city of Baltimore and surrounding counties. Whether it's your company's logo, a photo, or something else near and dear we have the ability to make it into a chocolate covered strawberry. We have had the pleasure of making custom chocolate covered strawberries for K. Michelle, Teyana Taylor, Rickey Smiley, Sinbad, Pandora, Under Armour, Amazon, Johns Hopkins hospital and Nordstrom's just to name a few. Now, two years later we are looking to expand into our second location. This loan is very significant because it's our 1st, thus far we have operated solely on the revenue obtained from the business.