Every day, small business owners around the country go above and beyond to serve their customers. Whether it be providing a service or delivering a product, each local business adds unique flavor to their community. But, the work and passion that small business owners put into delighting their customers often goes unnoticed. They rarely hear “thank you!”
That’s why, on Valentine’s Day, we decided to hit the streets and show some of our small business customers a bit of love. We couldn’t wait to say thanks for all that they do to help their communities thrive!
Jose Cardona (Left), the owner of Shoe Lab located in Westfield Topanga in Canoga Park, is pictured standing with Nora Gonzalez (Right), Account Manager at BriteCap, inside his store.
Our first stop was over to Shoe Lab, in Westfield Topanga. Owned by Jose Cardona, Shoe Lab does instant shoe repair, handbag repairs, and key duplication for customers. Jose and his team are shoe artists! We’re so glad that Jose can continue to grow with working capital from BriteCap.
Mohammad Enamul Hoque holding his jumbo Valentine’s Day card from BriteCap in front of the register at Samir’s Gift and Grocery in Winnetka.
Next, we headed over to Samir’s Gift and Grocery in Winnetka. Mohammad Enamul Hoque founded the shop with his wife, Anisa. The vibrant shop sells spices, groceries, and movies from India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Mohammad taught us about some of the unique fruits and vegetables from Bangladesh. Plus, we learned all about Nora Ali, a celebrity from Bangladesh!
Edward Brady (Right), of Sound Street Studios in Reseda, is pictured standing with Nora Gonzalez (Left), Account Manager at BriteCap, in the front office of the studio.
Then, we made our way over to Sound Street Studios in Reseda. Edward was kind enough to give us a tour of the studio, which has served as a launch pad for some of LA’s hottest bands. Sound Street Studios has ten fully equipped rehearsal and recording studios. Plus, they offer music lessons for all ages and skill levels.
Greg Bernardo, of Chatsworth Postal Center, is pictured holding a jumbo Valentine’s Day card from BriteCap.
Next, we stopped into Chatsworth Postal Center, where we met Greg Bernardo, the son of founder Michael Bernardo. Chatsworth Postal Center provides shipping and printing services for their customers. We were excited to learn that their team has been able to use working capital from ForwardLine to invest in new equipment, like printers.
Lonnie Jones-Giaffoglione (Left), Merchant Support Specialist, is pictured standing with Debra Martinis, the owner of Think Ink Tattoos.
Later in the day, we made our way over to Think Ink Tattoos on Ventura. Since 1995, Think Ink Tattoos has provided custom tattoos and body piercings for clients. Owner Debra Martinis walked us through how changes to the local economy can impact small business owners. We learned that referrals help to drive new customers to her business.
Gerry Blanck, the owner and founder of Gerry Blanck’s Martial Arts in Pacific Palisades, is pictured holding his Valentine’s Day card from BriteCap, while standing behind the register at his studio.
Finally, we ended up at Gerry Blanck’s Martial Arts Center in Pacific Palisades. Gerry opened his dojo in 1982; he has trained athletes, celebrities, and members of his community. We got to see Gerry’s wall of celebrity clients, which includes names like Pamela Anderson and Courtney Cox.
What a fun and energizing day! We’re so grateful for all that small business owners do to enrich our community. Plus, we’re honored to help them grow by providing access to affordable working capital.