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Total loan: $8,000
Philadelphia, PA, United States / Wholesale
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A loan helped a Black- and veteran- owned wine & spirits importer + distributor during the COVID-19 crisis.
My name is Zach and I am the founder and owned of Ikavina Wine and Spirits, LLC. We are a company focused on bringing quality wines to African Americans, a demographic that has been widely ignored and under-served by the wine industry in general. Some would say that I was destined for this, but I wound up here after putting together two other parties for a wine deal, and realized what was missing and what solution I could bring to the table. Initially, I was writing about wines on TheBlackWiner.com, then working on launching my own tv shows about wine, and then this connected me to some other people in the industry. As far as the business, I have an unprecedented passion for wine, with a specialty in those from Italy, but also becoming more familiar with those of Portugal (I am an ambassador of a group representing some 30+ producers in the Douro Valley) and Spain, as well as several other countries. I seek to bring more diversity in offerings to my targeting demographic, which is not what is happening right now.