Total loan: $5,000


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Tipp City, OH, United States / Services

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A loan helped a woman owned business to purchase inventory to expand into a second territory.

Zabrina's story

I grew up in Audubon, NJ. A very small town that was only one square mile! I was always top in my class with great grades and a love of learning. Like most of my friends, I went off to college after high school, it just was not for me! I’ve always loved to learn, but being the free spirit I am, working with my hands and creating is more of my passion. If I can combine learning new things with creating, I’m in my happy place! While I have had some jobs that I thoroughly enjoyed, I have always been on the lookout for something that could be my very own. Something I am in control of and have the ability to decide how it is run. As I was driving around one day I saw a yard card sign on someone’s front lawn. I had seen them before, but this time I thought to myself, how do people get into that business, do they make their own signs, do they use a company? How can I get in on this? The next day, while scrolling on Facebook, I came across a small business Saturday post on a group I am part, while checking out the comments, I saw a post about becoming a licensee for Card in the Garden. I could not believe it! I had just been asking myself about this. I guess you get what you put into the Universe, right? I reached out to the Licensors and after doing some research, decided to go for it! I signed on in October and had my first install in November before I even had my inventory! I signed on to be a licensee for my county and had the thought early on to expand down to my hometown of Audubon, where my parents still reside. While chatting with my sister-in-law about the idea to expand, she said she would be willing to help me expand to her county as well! She would be the home base for the inventory and sort the jobs while we would hire installers to put up the signs. I let the Licensors know of my interest in the two counties and asked if they let me know if anyone else showed interest. Well, I was not ready to get the call in early December that they had someone asking about a license for Mercer County! The opportunity to expand was not something I was ready to pass up, so I jumped and am planning to expand to Mercer County. I was not prepared to take on more territory so quickly, but with the way my business is growing in my current county and with the interest and lack of other companies in Mercer County, I knew this was too good to pass on. With this loan, I plan to purchase inventory to get started in Mercer County to help spread messages of happiness to as many people as I can. And with the expansion to the second county, I hope to bring on the third county of my hometown soon after. With this small business, I am not only able to bring joy to the recipient, but also passersby and I am able to help not only myself and my family, but my sister-in-law and her family, and one day my parents!