Total loan: $2,000


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Woodside, NY, United States / Services

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Jose's story

Bibi & Jd�s Barbershop was founded on July 24th 2020 by my business partner Esmerlin and I, Jose. What started as a customer and barber relationship, quickly became a friendship that over the years grew closer. We both shared many things in common and dreamed of one day opening our own business. Our plan was simply to use the experience and skills we acquired over the years, to somehow contribute to something bigger than just opening a business. One thing was clear to us, we were going to be different, and our goal was to change a culture that lost the essence of people connections within the barbershop environment, a culture that instead of welcoming everyone that walks through those doors, and delivers the ultimate grooming experience, has turned into one where customers are not even acknowledged, are made to feel as if barbers are doing the customer a favor, while judging and profiling you from head to toe if you're not already a customer. We want a place where everyone feels comfortable from the minute you walk in, until you leave our establishment. Our other mission is to train and develop amateur apprentice candidates who want to learn the craft and have been denied the opportunity to put in the practice in a shop, and who want to commit themselves to become a master barber. Our current team of barbers are all professionals and licensed, with 3 out 5 having been trained in house. We funded this project with our life's savings and small loans from friends and family, and it all comes to life in times of COVID-19 after being laid off by the companies we worked with. Many people thought we were crazy for opening a business during one of the worst financial crisis in the history of USA, but we thought otherwise, and wholeheartedly felt it was the right time for us. Our commitment and drive to push this project forward is born from our strong desire to also contribute to the local community's economic recovery efforts in Woodside Queens. So here we are, two immigrant dreamers, one also being a members of the LGBTQ community, determined to change the barbershop culture against all odds, and fostering an environment that's inclusive of age, race, gender identity and sexual orientation. Furthermore, we are creating a place where regardless of who you are, where you're from and how you look, you are made to feel welcomed.