Total loan: $10,000


Detroit, MI, United States / Food

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A loan helped us convert a 1960’s horse trailer into a mobile bar to better serve our existing clients and grow our private events.

Nicole's story

I grew up in metro-Detroit, raised by a single mother who worked several jobs and went to school and by a grandma who would always swoop in when we needed it the most. I was surrounded by strong women who, despite their fierceness, always showed me how to love and set me on an independent path early on. Eventually, I migrated to Detroit and fell in love with the city. I put myself through college by bartending, studied in France, and then struggled to juggle it all through grad school. I graduated with a job at UM-Dearborn and after a handful of years and lots of learning I left to be my own boss. I simply missed talking to people the way I could while bartending and I knew that the experiences I had abroad forever changed my outlook. I simply wanted to bring people together by creating experiences that they would always treasure, thus Brut was born. Soon after Brut’s first event I learned that I was expecting my first child. The next three years were a juggle between raising my business and daughter. Today, I realize that every mountain I have scaled seemed so very tall until I reached the peak and saw the next one. Because of this, I know I am able to take my business to the next level and every level after that. Growing a business is full of hard knocks, but through all the ups and downs, we have honored our goal to create value for our community. To this end, Brut pays employees a living wage, offers discounted access to medical providers (even for part-time staff), and has contributed over $40,000 in three years to local non-profit organizations - all while remaining profitable.