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Pets, People and Small Business Growth Bring SBA Honor to Kahoots Partners

September 24, 2020 | SBA 504 Loans

You’ve heard the well-worn line about small businesses starting out of a garage. While that’s often true, entrepreneurs Mike Bittinger and Ethan Tunnell did the adage one better. They started their Kahoots Feed & Pet Stores business literally out the back of a pickup truck. “My dad loaned me $1,000 for a truck and we…

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Start-up Small Business Owner Banking on the Sweet Taste of Success

August 11, 2020 | Success Story

Yen “Mark” Tran was well into his third decade working as a network engineer and project manager for multinational giant AT&T when he could no longer avoid the itch.  “I’d always wanted to own my own small business,” said Tran. “It was always a dream of mine.” So after 22 years managing complex teams and…

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Love for Brews and Bikes Makes Engineer’s Business Dream Come True

February 27, 2020 | Success Story
Business loans, capital, CDC Small Business Finance, brews

Set aside your vision of a guy loafing about in a recliner, beer can in hand. Believe it or not, there’s a fitness niche among suds fans, especially those who love craft brews. Runners, surfers and others who embrace an active lifestyle have earned their reward. And often what they desire is something cold, hoppy…

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SBA Loan Sets Table for African-American Restaurateur to Get Bank Loan and Expand

February 6, 2020 | Success Story

When Georgia’s restaurant opened in Anaheim’s historic Packing House in 2016, co-owners Gretchen Shoemaker and Marlon Machado conservatively projected first-year sales to be between $250,000 and $500,000. By the fifth month of serving their version of “soul delicious” food to thousands of patrons, they hit $1 million. “It proved to us we had a winning…

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SBA 504 Loan Makes Dream of New Phở Restaurant Come True

December 17, 2019 | Success Story
CDC Small Business Finance Restaurants Phở

Thi Huynh became a U.S. citizen when he was 19. At that point – many years before he became known for his phở – and ready for a new beginning, he agreed to an offer to change his name on his new documents. Others chose easy Americanized names, like Michael, Peter and Chris. But Thi,…

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Entrepreneur inspired to launch e-commerce shop to ‘Waste Less’

November 15, 2019 | Success Story
The Waste Less Shop

How do you combine the dream of being your own boss with the goal to leave less waste behind? If you’re Stephanie Cochrane, you show some patience. As a child growing up in northern Nevada, she sold Pokemon cards on the playground. After this early entrepreneurship streak, she knew she would someday want to start…

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Army Veteran on New Mission to Secure Small Business Success

November 7, 2019 | Success Story
CDC Small Business Finance Army

Are you a veteran business owner, active military or a military spouse who is thinking about starting or buying a small business or acquiring commercial real estate? Check out CDC’s Mission: Small Business Finance program, designed to mobilize military entrepreneurs. In the middle of a busy house – dogs barking, boy petting dogs, mom corralling them…

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Her Keys to Success – Meet Angelica Rojo of Red Angel Salon

October 10, 2019 | Success Story

Angelica Rojo knows mentoring is essential to success. Not only did she seek it out from small business advocates in her community, she also had a strong mentor right in front of her. That would be her former boss, Sammi Freitag. Sammi encouraged Angelica as she pursued her dream of owning a small business, and…

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Café Owner Finds Low-Interest Business Financing at 11th Hour, Expands into New Neighborhood

July 23, 2019 | Small Business Loans
Young Hickory owner

When you first stroll into Young Hickory café in downtown San Diego’s East Village, your eyes are immediately drawn to a giant mint-green and black mural that spans the entire side wall. It looks like something a famous abstract painter might have done. But on closer inspection (and after some coaching from café owner Clay…

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