Kira Bowling remembers what her mother did and sees her new business as an opportunity to spread some “sunshine”.
Kathy Cole calls her new job on the same graham drive by building a “spiritual object” for prayer.
For Abraham Williams, the executive of the Bowling Green, Bowling and Cole Housing Authority, the one-year-old HABG program aspirations are some of the most vivid examples of how entrepreneurs can turn their minds to financial institutions.
Cole Kathy Innovation Restaurant, formerly a 305-gram drive, once home to the Warren County Public Library branch, has now been converted into a small business development at HABG.
The cake, which specializes in cakes of all sizes, will be opened in September, offering residents a two-course meal in the area, with a sunscreen business, a sunscreen business.
“It’s important to put these businesses in the middle of our community,” Williams said. Some of our elderly residents are within walking distance and are offered food options.
And the new businesses provide simple ideas on how to grow into a viable enterprise, as an example in the HABG community.
“Many people have good ideas and need some help,” Williams said. We other people have seen what we do, and it creates interest among other young entrepreneurs.
Over-the-counter Williams’ Pop-Up program (14 Opportunity for the Poor) last year, with HABG partnering with local banks, made 14 loans to small businesses.
The POP-UP program was initiated by local businessman Don Vitale, and the nonprofit arm of HABG’s dream development was presented to Williams to launch a loan pool to help small and low-income residents start a business.
Five banks: Bank of America, Liberty Bank, BBN, T, American Bank and Trust and Franklin Bank & Trust – and some private donors raised $ 100,000 to launch the POP-UP program.
According to HABG Small Business Consultant Down Bolton, the pool has grown in interest in the POP-UP program.
“I found 52 customers representing 45 businesses,” he said at a ribbon-cutting site for small business development last week.
Bolton has been awarded more than $ 100,000 in low interest loans ($ 10,000 each) since POP-UP.
And POP-UP customers receive more than just financial support.
“I see myself in the role of teaching, leading and encouraging,” Bolton said. “My pop clients know and are familiar with their daily work. My job is to give the business terms and knowledge to them, in the form of business plans and financial statements, to a board of reputable business people.
Such guidelines and HABG’s work to renovate the Graham Drive building helped them realize their dream of bowling and cole.
“It’s a great help for people who have good ideas but don’t have money,” Bolling said. They see the potential and the vision.
Bolling, a hairdresser who has worked as a barber for 25 years, sees her dead mother, Alice Whittle, as a way of imitating the community service by cooking for years on wheels and other establishments. .
“My mother is sunlight,” said Bowling. “When I was growing up, our home was about three minutes away. It is important for me to serve this community. ”
Cole, who previously provided food through a home and a limited number of seats, has helped POP-UP loan and small business development to realize her dream of preparing and serving food.
After years of working in retail or housekeeping, Cole briefly worked as a major cook in a high-income community.
That job only stimulated Cole’s food service, but it seemed financially impossible to start her own restaurant until the POP-UP program came along.
“Everything I saw was as precious as the stars,” she says. They (Habg) make it affordable so they don’t break.
Describing Katie’s creative offerings as “Old Country Cooking,” Cole said she shares her desire to serve the bowling HABG community.
“This is a spiritual thing for me,” she said. I pray as I prepare food, and I try to connect with everyone I meet in this business.
The success of Bowling and Cole Williams prompted Williams to consider expanding his POP-UP business incubator service to other assets outside of the Habg community.
“The biggest challenge for many people is finding a place to rent,” he said. “We are trying to find affordable, affordable places. We are looking at other places in the city. ”
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