Total loan: $4,500


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Peekskill, NY, United States / Retail

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Anne's story

I am a 70+-year-old African American woman, who during retirement fell in love with designing, and creating jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, and earrings) made from pearls, gemstones, crystals, and Murano glass. During the COVID pandemic, my income decreased, and I was introduced to an entrepreneurial incubator program funded by Westchester County, New York. I quickly realized that this would be a great opportunity to build and expand the Mimi Blackstone Signature Collection to create beautiful pieces of jewelry that would inspire women to empower and enhance their natural beauty. This dream came true with my July 2021 launch of www.mimiblackstone.com. We've received many accolades about the quality of our work and the uniqueness of my designs. I look forward to being able to inspire other women and help them increase their income by hiring them to assemble the pieces that I design. With the funds, I will be able to target my ideal customer, bring my product to market quicker and convert internet browsers to buying customers.