A loan of $10,000 helped to purchase inventory and open a store front.


George's story

George is the proud owner of Cal State Vape. George was raised in Gardena by a single mother. When George was 17, he dropped out of school and starting running with the wrong crowd. He began using drugs and things went downhill from there. It was only by luck that he did not end up in jail. Finally hitting rock bottom at the age of 34, he sought help at the Salvation Army. He is now 46 and has been a sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous ever since.

George came to a point in his life where he felt something was missing. He then decided to try to start his own business. George was a pack a day smoker since he was 13 years old. He tried everything to quit, including the patch, nicotine gum and Chantix. Nothing worked. One day, a friend of his showed him his new Vape Pen and told him how it had helped with quitting smoking when nothing else had worked. Shortly thereafter, he quit smoking and has been Vaping ever since. George realized that being able to help people quit smoking the way it had helped him quit smoking would not only help with supporting his family but could help other people quit smoking and potentially save lives.



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