Total loan: $10,000
San Jose, CA, United States / Services
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A loan helped with overhauling our outdated website, invest time to train new talent, apply for patents, purchase material cutting dies & UPC codes, and perfect manufacturing infrastructure to better serve our customers worldwide.
I was born in Quezon City, Philippines, raised by my grandmother but was reunited with my parents at age 12, moving to Nevada, Missouri. In a new country trying to assimilate as a teenager, I struggled to make friends and only focused on my studies & helping my new stepdad with the farm. We had a 20-foot satellite with over 500 TV channels & a radio antenna that reached other continents! Over time, I discovered the New Jersey Devils and Kansas City Blades of the former IHL. I fell in love with the sport. Later that year, I saw a video about goalie Arturs Irbe "Michelin Man" making his own repairs! Grandma taught me how to sew while running her business, and I knew this was my way to get in the sport. We moved to California in 8th grade and the first chance I got, I rode the bus to Gremic Roller Hockey in downtown San Jose and asked the Owner if I could repair their rental gear for cash & rink time. Mr. Van Leuwen took a chance on a 14-year old kid set off the journey that is now a worldwide brand. I was an Art School Dropout on a full scholarship, had over 100 jobs between age 16 to 29 before I founded this business. I was lost most of my 20's but Hockey saved me twice. My dreams are to use this loan to make my business run more efficiently, invest time training new talents, purchase manufacturing dies, apply for patents, and website makeover. Entrepreneurship runs in my blood through Mom who saved up for a plane ticket to U.S. with her convenience store, grandma Victoria with her fish market; to her grandparents going back 100 years.