Total loan: $2,000
Kirkland, WA, United States / Agriculture
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A loan helped go to purchasing honeybees and apitherapy educational courses for my business Bee's Knees Apiaries.
Noelle Thiessen is a driven woman who grew up playing soccer 7 days a week which paid off in the form of a soccer scholarship to Gonzaga University. There, she played soccer competitively and graduated with a degree in business with a minor in Information Systems. Her athletic ability landed her a spot on the US Olympic team for Skeleton racing. Noelle then procured a master’s degree from Villanova University in Information Security management. She worked in IT and Cyber Security for 14 years until she became extremely ill from toxic black mold exposure and could no longer work. Always having a love of biology, Noelle jumped at the opportunity to take a yearlong commercial beekeeping course at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Canada as a change of pace. She learned all aspects of brood management, medical treatments for hives, welding, wood working, wax work, honey production and extraction, business operation theory, mead making, and value-added products. Noelle Thiessen’s degree in Business Management Information Systems from Gonzaga University, Master’s from Villanova, Experience working for The US Government, The Commercial Beekeeping Course from Kwantlen Polytechnic University and experience as an Assistant Manager at Jamba Juice will help with areas of management, delegation, production, and operations. Noelle’s husband Dan has a degree in Hotel and Hospitality Management from Lake Washington Institute of Technology. He has a diverse background in hospitality, management, operations, sales, networking and events. He has also cofounded two companies DGT Enterprises and Own the Night Productions. Dan was also trained in pesticide free nest removals. These strengths and abilities combined with Noelle’s will help the business grow quickly and allow the business to flourish, by building a dependable team and strong community culture, and adapting to change.