Total loan: $5,000
Fayetteville, AR, United States / Clothing
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Hello, I am Mary and I am the owner of Loc’D Creations, LLC of Fayetteville, Arkansas. I was though raised in a smaller south town Smackover, AR. After graduating high school, I completed my basic courses at South Arkansas Community College while helping my father with his small business. In 2009, I changed schools continued my education at Henderson State University in psychology. While attending HSU my love for crafts and creativity grew as I helped friends who were resident assistants in the dorms create boards for their floors. Then while visiting Northwest Arkansas (NWA) I realized that I needed a bigger community, and in 2013 I took a leap of faith and moved to NWA. I am a single mother to a handsome 18-month-old boy, and I currently am a Facilitator for one of the three Fortune 500 companies located here. It was after the birth of my child in March during the pandemic I realized I had lost my spark and needed to regain it. So on lockdown, with a newborn, I created Loc’D Creations to feed my creativity when I also realized there was a lack of representation for Black people when it came to clothing retail, and thus I made the conscious decision to contribute to the diversity needed. I also wanted to be sure that I can be present with my child and still be active in the business. Not only do I have the opportunity to work from home now, but I have the opportunity to become a true entrepreneur and raise my son as I wish. I am thankful for the support system that pushes me every day no matter what obstacles arise. I am planning to finish my degree I started at Bellevue University in Business Management and Leadership.