Total loan: $5,000
Louisville, KY, United States / Services
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A loan helped purchase new sewing machines and update our working space so our employees have a comfortable, inviting place to do the work they love with the supports they need.
I am inspired to help startups and entrepreneurs be successful. I do this by owning and operating multiple small business and donating my time to mentor startup founders and serving on non-profit boards that focus on entrepreneurship, economic development, and youth engagement. I spend time operating a manufacturing company in the west end of Louisville. It is here where I learned the powerful lesson of the positive effect working has on the human spirit. In addition, this is the first place where we proactively hired refugees and witnessed the many obstacles that are faced to live the American dream. I started my first company in my 30’s. I often wish I could go back and help eight-year-old me and talk about owning my own business and the opportunity that is available. This is a driving thought for me when I think about the power that Derby City Cut & Sew could have in supporting small to mid-size soft good businesses and their entrepreneurial leaders be successful. We incorporated as a Public Benefit Corporation that focuses on supporting the needs of refugee and second chance workers. I am passionate about this business because I see the economic, social, and community impact we will have by providing a safe and secure working environment for an economically challenged workforce, so they will be able to support entrepreneurs to grow their business. I envision this all taking place in the west end of Louisville allowing us to bring employees, customers, and stakeholders to this historic but currently disinvested part of our city. Though I can’t talk to eight-year-old me, I do spend time talking to my seven- and eight-year-old children about the responsibility that businesses have to their employees and their community and that they can build their own company to foster that mission.