Total loan: $25,000
Oakland, CA, United States / Retail
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A loan helped purchase soap making equipment, update my online presence, hire 2 additional staff members and provide working capital.
I am a San Francisco Bay Area native, born in Fremont and now living in Oakland. I have an excellent work ethic and drive to succeed which was instilled in me by my parents who moved from a very small parish outside of Baton Rouge to California in search of a better life for their children. My mom worked incredibly hard to own rental properties in the area, and being the youngest of four I learned at a very young age about hard work and dedication as all the children were expected to help out. You might say my entrepreneurial spirit is genetic. Upon graduating college (I attended both Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania) I spent some time in the trenches of Corporate America and as worked as a REALTOR, but I never felt fulfilled in those roles. I always had an interest in the beauty industry and hit a point in my career that I could no longer ignore that, so I decided to follow my passion and pursue a career in that field by creating Skincare by Feleciai in 2008. As one of the two African American families in my neighborhood growing up, I struggled with "fitting into the mold" of what others considered beautiful. I have now made it my mission to celebrate diversity and the beauty of all women with my handcrafted, all natural beauty line!