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Coach helps mother of three bring small business dream to life

When Cheryle Lakes decided to start a venture to serve expecting mothers, Blooming Baby 4D, it was only natural she wasn’t always sure what to do. But she was glad she could pick up the phone and call an advisor with Carolina Small Business Development Fund for assistance.

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Loan breathes new life into rural entrepreneur’s greenhouse venture

Kathy Davenport was confident she could acquire and turn around a failing greenhouse to add a new stream of revenue. But soon she was swamped by the cost of the repairs and upgrades. A loan from Carolina Small Business Development Fund, coordinated by its staff with the Eastern Women’s Entrepreneurship Center in Elizabeth City, helped turn that around.

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NEXXA Transportation

Joseph Rogers, Jr. is the owner of NEXXA Transportation, located in Charlotte, NC. While listening to a friend’s story about a negative experience renting a car, Rogers decided to start a company focused on generating positive experiences for its customers. Originally a chauffeur service, the company transitioned into the performance vehicle rental market to fill a gap in the Charlotte market, acquiring necessary capital with the help of Carolina Small Business Development Fund. Today, NEXXA is known for delighting its customers and providing rental services on a mix of sports cars, auto cycles, and motorcycles.

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Djubi/Moonracer Industries Inc.

To help expand their products and manufacturing, Dave and Norman applied for a loan with Carolina Small Business Development Fund, allowing them to sell more and increase their products. With Djubi’s success, they were able to hire sales representatives to help sell their toys. Today, Dave and Norman have up to 5+ products that they sell on their website www.djubi.com and on Amazon. The toys continue to be a hit!

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OWL Bakery

In August 2014, Gebhart opened the retail storefront of OWL (Old World Levain) Bakery on Haywood Street in West Asheville. At first, Gebhart was somewhat naïve about how to run a business, but she jumped in feet first and began learning as much as she could. Recognizing her focus would be best utilized creating an excellent product, she knew she would need bookkeeping, cash flow help, and a loan. Therefore, she contacted the Carolina Small Business Development Fund and the Western Women’s Business Center (WWBC).

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Diamond’s Beauty Bar

Diamond Weems is the owner of Diamond’s Beauty Bar, a high-end beauty boutique located in Matthews, NC specializing in semi-permanent eyelash extensions.

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The Carthens Law Firm

Zshakira Carthens is the sole proprietor of Carthens Law Firm, located in Fayetteville, NC. Inspired by her family and the lives that she would make an impact on, Zshakira decided to open Carthens Law Firm. Her law firm represents clients in the areas of family law and personal injury including divorce, child custody, child support, property division, alimony, and adoptions.

Before opening her business, Carthens knew that she enjoyed spending time with other attorneys and learning from their experiences. Between serving in the military, going to Law school and building her career, Carthens knew deep down that entrepreneurship was made for her.

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Chios Rotisserie

Claudia Aseng is the chef and owner of Chios Rotisserie located in Garner, NC. With a Culinary Arts degree under her belt and a desire to open a restaurant, Claudia decided to bring her idea of opening a Peruvian restaurant to life.

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K9 Salute

Jessica Harris is the owner of K9 Salute and 2016 winner of CSBDF’s Dream Big competition. Harris served in the Washington Army National Guard for twenty years as a Combat Medic before deciding to channel her patriotism, love of dogs, and caring nature into creating her own company, which uses a portion of its proceeds to support causes for protecting police K-9’s and providing veterans with service dogs. With the help of CSBDF, K9 Salute is successfully selling healthy dog treats, increasing awareness for K9 service dogs, and benefitting K9 and veteran charity organizations.

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Top Notch Performance

Since opening its doors, Top Notch Performance (TNP) has become a location for youth, high school, endurance athlete, adult fitness, college, and professional athletes to train during off and on-seasons. TNP creates lifestyles of ultimate fitness and wellness through goal setting, mindset, quality coaching, accountability, education, and support.

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Carolina Small Business Development Fund has helped in ways traditional lending sources could, or rather would, not. Carolina Small Business has helped me realize my dreams as a business owner—to expand, help my community grow in a positive direction and support my family. ” TJ McDermott, King's Sandwich Shop