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Monday, May 7 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Panel: Real World Funding

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Three Columbus community members who have funded loans on the Kiva platform will share their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. They represent a variety of businesses, and places within the community. They'll also discuss how Kiva works to support female businesses - and why females businesses need support. 

Michelle Allen:
Funded a Kiva loan for her business Mmello in 2016. She owns a Brick and Mortar near the North Market. Her treats can be found in stores around Columbus. She has continued to scale her business since receiving her Kiva loan - through funding with ECDI, where she operates out of the Food Fort.

Jennifer Bell:
She is currently on the Kiva platform, fundraising for her business: Perfect Harmony Hair & Spa.

Moderators
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Lily Vail

Lily has been working with Kiva since July 2016. She began as an intern at the NYC office, aiding business owners to access 0% interest loans on Kiva's online crowdfunding platform. In January 2017, she moved to Columbus, Ohio to lead the local Kiva program and to continue her work... Read More →

Speakers
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Michelle Allen

Owner/Lead Confectioner, MMELO
Michelle Allen, owner of confectionery cafe MMELO Boutique Confections located on the ground floor of the Carlisle building at 445 N. High St, offers all-natural ingredients without sacrificing flavor.  A Columbus native, Allen went to OSU before heading to New York to work as a... Read More →
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Jennifer Bell

Owner, Perfect Harmony Hair & Spa
Jennifer Bell comes from a family of entrepreneurs – she and her two siblings all have their own businesses.At an early age, she learned from her father – business owner and who worked real estate – the value of owning a business and working for yourself. From her mother, she... Read More →
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Anique Russell

Co-Owner/Founder, Too Good Eats
“I’ve always had the passion to start my own business and I just didn’t know what". After graduating from Central State University, and becoming new parents  Anique - when she started making her own baby food - a passion for introducing families to good, natural food that was... Read More →