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Total loan: $10,000
Long Beach, CA, United States / Food
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Samantha's loan finished fundraising,
but these similar borrowers just need a little more help to reach their goals!
A loan helped toward our new healthy-options catering service through our coffee shop-cafe. It will pay for equipment, supplies, inventory, and website and marketing developments.
I am a first generation Filipina-American, and I grew up in a suburban city near a golf course where golf balls would often land in my backyard. My first business at 10 years old was selling those golf balls back to the golfers at $0.25 each. Instinctively, I added selling cold drinks too. While my parents worked hard for their “American Dream” at their traditional nine-to-five jobs, they never limited my imagination of my aspirations. Whatever I dreamed of doing, I always knew I wanted to do it “on my own..." At 16, I was so proud to work at Chuck E. Cheese. As I moved on to different companies, I realized how much I liked working, learning from bosses, understanding operations, and having an urge to be a leader. In my 20's, I was in the finance Industry and worked in many positions, eagerly learning how organizations operated. I didn't realize then that I was grooming myself to run my own business someday. At 29 I became a business development consultant and at 31, I resigned from being someone’s employee and started my first business, a “book bar” named The Brass Lamp. It was a unique fusion of a wine bar, book store, coffee shop, and restaurant. The intense situations in building a concept that didn’t exist exposed me to a lifetime of learning experiences. Ultimately, the business was successful in creating a positive, productive space for the community. It succeeded in leaving a warm, lasting impression on my customers but failed in bringing me a profit to my bottom line and I was forced to close it. Thankfully, it had a positive reputation in the Long Beach community which led me to an incredible opportunity to open a new business in the Long Beach Airport with my husband.