Total loan: $7,000


West Orange, NJ, United States / Food

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A loan helped a vegan dessert company purchase supplies and equipment to develop our own soy free cream cheese recipe as well as equipment to fit out commercial kitchen space.

Laiquan's story

I grew up in East Orange NJ living with my mom and brother. From a child, I remember my grandfather having a car repair shop, my Dad owning an appliance repair business and my step Dad owning a real estate business. I wanted to be an artist but ended up in engineering. I never knew exactly what business I wanted to own but I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. I started working as an engineer in the Pharmaceutical industry then eventually moved to Construction. After working in construction for 8 years, I decided to start a Construction Management company. At one point we had 4 employees excluding me. We worked on high profile projects in NY but the work was very exhausting which led to me taking time off after our last project ended. That’s when I realized the passion I always had for cooking and baking could make money!