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KC Daiquiri Shop

When the owners of KC Daiquiri Shop were building out their space and needed to secure funding to equip their kitchen, several financial institutions turned them away. That's where our LoanUp program stepped in, providing financing to help them open what is now a thriving business. The owners tell us about their experience and how difficulties in securing financing are a too-common reality for minority entrepreneurs.

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Tamm Lumber Co.

Daniel and Ebony Edwards have purchased the historic Albert Tamm Lumber Company, located at 3232 East 18th Street, Kansas City, Missouri. The Albert Tamm Lumber Company has been in business since 1950 and offers over 18 product lines of lumber and hardware. A few of their noted construction and renovation projects are the Lakeside Nature Center in Swope Park (KCMO) and The City of Kansas City, MO building interior.


The Edwards’ plan to expand the company’s primary activities to supply demand in the areas of building material, manufacturing and brokering of building materials by leveraging their MBE/WBE status. 

AnnMarie and Major are co-founders of Leverage Lab, a digital marketing company located on 31st between Troost and Gillham in KCMO.


Leverage Lab

Justin and Rashaun are the owners of Urban Cafe. 


What started in a smaller location and grew into a food truck, is now being transformed into a beautiful, well-operating business.   


Justin & Rashaun Clark

Artis is the owner of Artis Photography & Event Space. 


He's now been in business for over 35 years, growing his photography portfolio and running a private event space on Cherry Street.   


Stacey Artis

Anita has always dreamed of growing her business empire. 


That dream is coming true as she opens her second restaurant in the 18th & Vine District called, Soiree Steak & Oyster House. 


Anita Moore

These are just a few of the great stories we've seen unfold. Is yours next? 

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