Marisa Nuñez, Marisa Hair, Long Island City, NY

Odilon Celestin

C&M Sweet Bakery

Miami, Florida

“Ascendus doesn’t just give you money they help you survive.” –Odilon Celestin

I was working at a bakery and had ideas about how to make it more successful, but the owner wasn’t interested. It became my dream to take what I’d learned and open my own business to help my family and community. My dream came true because I made a plan and didn’t give up.

When I started creating my business in 2004, I had no money and no credit. Ascendus helped with a loan to launch the bakery. It was the best thing I could imagine. They helped me with business development and strategies, too. Now I have 16 employees and my own line of jellies and sauces, which I distribute in other markets as well. And my bakery seats 100 people.

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