A loan helped a women-owned catering business open their own commercial kitchen and event space.


Ashley's story

Hi! My name is Ashley and I am the owner of Simply Plated. Simply Plated is a Columbus, OH-based social enterprise that provides meals with meaning through our creative, from scratch catering cuisine. Simply Plated combines my passion for creating delicious culinary creations perfect for special occasions, with my purpose of giving back to the community through providing meals to those in need.

I actually have a background in public health, specifically in health promotion and education. I have always had a passion for educating the community about ways to improve their health through proper nutrition, all while being active in the community to do my part to end food insecurity within black and brown communities. This is what moved me into starting a business that focused on healthy meal delivery in the Columbus community initially.

As a young girl, I have always enjoyed cooking in the kitchen with my family. I found my passion for cooking for others through learning my way around the kitchen by watching my parents and grandparents. The way they enjoyed preparing food for loved ones, inspired me at a young age to want to learn to do the same.

As my catering business continues to grow, I look forward to continuing to provide meaningful meals to my community through catering at Corporate functions and meetings, celebratory events, community events and so much more. My goal is to not only be known as a premier black-owned catering company in Columbus, OH but also as a Social Enterprise focused on bridging the food insecurity gap within my community as well.


This loan is special because:

It supports a Black female entrepreneur in expanding their business.



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About Simply Plated

Industry: Food
Years in operation: 1 year - 3 years
Website: simplyplatedco.com

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