FACING STRUCTURAL AND DEEP ROOTED inequities, our clients have broken through the hardship of surviving and maintaining a small business during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have seen firsthand how each of our clients has been empowered by our support as we enter a new era of their journeys. Today, our small business owners are focusing on providing an impact, making a difference in their communities, and the journey up.
Robofun, New York, NY
Laura Hart created Robofun to offer STEAM educational opportunities to low-to moderate-income children and children with special education needs. With help from Ascendus and Dime Community Bank, Laura revamped her studio and made it accessible to those with disabilities.
Omo Sade Skincare, Harlem, NY
Sade’s makeup brand goes beyond the surface of skin and is focused on enhancing the inner beauty clients see when they step out of Sade’s makeup chair with confidence. Through help from Ascendus and TD Bank, Sade opened a Line of Credit that allowed her to successfully recover, remodel, and reopen Omo Sade Skincare.
A+ Nursery and Preschool, Boston, MA
Through A+ Nursery and Preschool, YaSheka is providing an essential resource. She is helping to mold the future leaders of her community. With help from Wells Fargo and Ascendus, YaSheka built educational programs that expanded learning opportunities for the children in her care and provided job opportunities to those in her community.
Wynwood Tailors, Miami, FL
For Rodrigo, clothes are an element used to enhance self esteem and to reflect inner beauty. Rodrigo wants to create the best clothes for those in his community, so they can feel the best about themselves. Through an Ascendus loan, Rodrigo created a marketing campaign that helped his business grow beyond his previous expectations.
Javier has created a small community in Miami through his restaurant, SushiKong. It is a local hotspot where community members enjoy the new fusion dishes Javier creates by hand and gather with their friends and family. Through an Ascendus loan, Javier fulfilled his dream of opening a second location and is franchising his business model.
Sushi Kong, Miami, FL
Clinical Care Offices, Boston, MA
Sherry is helping those in her community heal. Through working in her community for over 30 years, she has helped generations grow and prosper. Through Santander and Ascendus, Sherry kept her clinic open – and never had to deny the essential care her patients needed for a single day.