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Richmond’s first kombucha company opens storefront and brewery

July 18, 2019 | Impact Stories

Borrower : Ninja Kombucha Brewing Co. Where : Richmond, VA Loan Amount : $128,000 Project Type : SBA 7(a) Term Loan   Opportunity Brett Nobile was looking for a healthy alternative to the hops and barley of beer when he came across kombucha, a sparkling living tea drink popular for its probiotic health benefits. Nobile began drinking kombucha on a regular basis, and decided to start brewing his own batches to save cash. A brewer of …

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Innovative partnerships supporting our communities

June 24, 2019 | Impact Stories

When Mark Constantine stepped into his role as president and CEO of the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, his directives from trustees were clear: Create positive social change through sustainable, socially responsible funding strategies. “One of the expectations from the Board was for me to think about what we could do at the intersection of health equity, the social determinants of health, and impact investing,” he recalls. RMHF’s trustees and stakeholders were interested in the idea of …

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New ownership brings new ideas to a specialty market in Gloucester

June 21, 2019 | Impact Stories

Borrower : Kelsick Specialty Market Where : Gloucester, VA Loan Amount : $107,000 Project Type : Small Business Administration Loan   Opportunity Paige Drewry wanted to join the Main Street movement in the Chesapeake Bay village of Gloucester. She found the right opportunity in Kelsick Specialty Market, which had brought cheese, fresh pasta, wine and craft beer to the small town’s Main Street for 25 years. Its previous owner, Beth Haskell, was ready to retire when …

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Supporting healthy and affordable food in Brookland Park

May 24, 2019 | Impact Stories

Borrower : Nomad Deli Where : Richmond, VA Loan Amount : $144,500 Project Type : SBA 7(a) Term Loan   Opportunity Nomad Deli has been making its culinary mark in Richmond’s Brookland Park area since 2015. Founder Anthony Tucker opened the restaurant in an area lacking freshly prepared food wanting to fill that gap with affordable, fresh options and, as he says, “Put somethin’ good in ya mouth.” The minority-owned restaurant has run successfully with Anthony …

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VCC Bank targets Southeast expansion through ongoing USD 10m capital raise, CEO says

May 17, 2019 | In the News

Featured in Mergermarket by Xinyi Jiang in Charlottesville, Virginia VCC Bank, a for-profit commercial bank owned by nonprofit Virginia Community Capital (VCC), plans to expand into more Southeast states and within Virginia, bolstered by an ongoing USD 10m capital raise, said CEO Jane Henderson. The bank, which opened in 2008, focuses on making loans in Virginia to support affordable housing projects, small businesses, healthcare, clean energy initiatives, and other projects that improve access to healthy …

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A space to gather and create in Richmond’s East End

May 9, 2019 | Impact Stories

Borrower : Oakwood Arts Where : Richmond, VA Loan Amount : $340,000 Project Type : Acquisition and Construction Loan   Opportunity In 2017, Shannon Castleman had a vision for Richmond’s growing East End — a place where neighbors could gather together to express themselves freely through art and create lasting relationships. She saw this potential in a location where others might have seen an unused and abandoned church building. To Castleman, the church symbolized a beacon of artistic entrepreneurship, leadership, …

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Healthy Foods and “Hope” to Richmond’s East End

April 30, 2019 | Impact Stories

Borrower : Market at 25th and Hope Pharmacy Where : Richmond, VA Loan Amount : $1.5 million (Market) and $150,000 (Pharmacy) Project Type : Fresh Food Loan Fund (VFFLF), SBA 7(a) term loan, SBA Express Line of Credit   Opportunity The Market at 25th ranks among Richmond’s most anticipated economic development projects in recent times. The Church Hill development, with backing by prominent business and civic leaders, will bring a much-needed grocery store and healthy foods …

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