A loan helped us hire dependable team members, pay for necessary startup insurance and expand our delivery fleet needed for us to grow.


April's story

I was born in 1972 in Richmond California. It was and still is a small town where you can have a tab running at the corner market store. As I was growing up, everything was either a bus ride or long adventurous walk away. The thriving downtown area where my grandmother - a janitor for UC Berkeley would take me weekly to shop was more like a visit to family and friends homes.

By the time I was a teenager, the downtown area of McDonald had shrunk until all that was left were boarded up storefronts. The local scene had now moved to Hilltop where the new Mall lived.
The feeling and memories of my grandma getting off the bus everyday and our shopping trips to downtown is why I love and respect those that work hard to support their families. Whether your a small business owner or a blue collar worker. We all live in the same communities.

Today, I work to uplift communities by helping small businesses compete in the marketplace, by connecting our most marginalized and vulnerable people to opportunities that empower and uplift them and the communities they live in.

I've always had a thing for gigs or making side money. I took after my mother, being able to do hair just came naturally. It was common to find me braiding my own hair in crazy styles that others would want to pay me to do their hair the same way.

My grandma always wanted me to go to college, after graduating college with my B.A. in Communications in 2013, I had more confidence, tools and experience to connect my entrepreneurial spirit to my true passions and purpose.


This loan is special because:

It helps launch a new business and create jobs in Oakland.



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About Piikup

Industry: Transportation
Years in operation: 6 months - 1 year
Website: piikup.com

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