Total loan: $15,000


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Fond Du Lac, WI, United States / Retail

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Donna's story

We are "Gathered Roots", a retail and food outlet located in the heart of our local downtown district. We are bringing a varied selection of the most popular local area vendors’ goods together, centrally located in the hub of our city. Through me and my partner, Lawrence’s volunteerism, and personal career connections we had the vision to help with the downtown main street revitalization efforts by providing a storefront that offered this collection not otherwise found together elsewhere. Our passion for giving back to our community is evident in all that we do. Our combined business knowledge, in a multitude of management roles, and experience have largely equipped us for this endeavor. I have worked for 12 years in our local healthcare system as a director of multi-disciplinary departments under the umbrella of hospitality, and prior to that, I have managed businesses both within the retail and restaurant sector. Lawrence has owned and operated his technology business for over 15 years and within that sector, he has led a multitude of projects that require all facets of business operations; helping to solve bottlenecks and build the business of the clientele and customers he serves. Like our community, we continue to feel the impacts of the pandemic within our industries and our personal lives. We understand that when our community and our local businesses thrive, we all are better for it. We want to add to the vibrancy and enhancements of our downtown district, ultimately sharing with the greater whole all that Fond du Lac County has to be proud of in a manner that brings people together and creates a memorable experience.