Total loan: $5,000


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San Diego, CA, United States / Manufacturing

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Andrew's story

Rarely will you meet someone as passionate about their business as Andrew is, and never will you find someone more passionate about whiteboards. He first got the idea from a former employer who put a piece of glass on their office wall as a whiteboard. Andrew then decided to make one for himself, which led to a friend seeing it and requesting he make one for him. The rest, as they say, is history. An intensely charming and personable autodidact, Andrew personally uses his glass whiteboards for “mind-mapping,” a process he learned while working as an assistant for a respected local neuroscientist. He guarantees his products for the life of the wall they are attached to, and the glass and other raw materials he uses to make his products are often recycled, making his business an exemplar of the kind of “green” businesses that many hope will characterize the future of American commerce. Like any other entrepreneur, Andrew has faced challenges starting his business, primarily with raising capital to pay for marketing and client outreach. He’s also faced challenges sourcing inputs and raw materials, which has led him to developing his own designs and solutions. Andrew’s approach to business is characterized by facing difficulties head-on. As he’ll tell you, “If someone says ‘do you want to do something?’, say yes, and then figure it out.” Andrew will use his Kiva loan to pay for marketing costs, including a video campaign and flyers. With the help of generous Kiva lenders, Andrew hopes to take his low-tech innovative idea to offices and schools across the country. Visit his website at: http://glasswb.com