Landmark Loan Rebuilds Storm-Ravaged Restaurant

Comments (7) Posted By Rohan on January 11, 2013 in About Us, Entrepreneur Directory

Juan came to us after his restaurant, just a block from the bay in Keyport, NJ, was irreparably damaged by flooding from Hurricane Sandy.

With his livelihood gone in the blink of an eye, Juan found a new restaurant space with a willing landlord and turned to The Intersect Fund for a $6,000 loan to acquire the equipment needed to get his new restaurant, La Casa del Mariachi in Perth Amboy, NJ, up and running. We disbursed the loan — our 200th — within days.

We are inspired by Juan’s story, along with those of so many New Jersey microbusiness owners that are bouncing back after Superstorm Sandy.

For Entrepreneur, Long-Brewing Dream Becomes Reality

Comments (7) Posted By Joe on December 18, 2012 in Business Basics, Entrepreneur Directory

An employee at OQ Coffee, the Highland Park cafe Intersect Fund client Ben Schellack opened last week, prepares a cup of coffee.

Lots of people dream of starting a local coffee shop, but those who have the focus, tenacity and patience to actually go through with it form a select group.

It’s one that Intersect Fund client Ben Schellack joined last week when he opened OQ Coffee at 300 Raritan Avenue in Highland Park.
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Longtime Businessman Inspires New Leaders

Comments (6) Posted By Rohan on September 20, 2012 in Entrepreneur Directory

Many Americans’ entrepreneurial pursuits grow from long-held fantasies. But it was necessity — not pipe dreams — that prompted Kenyan emigrant Njeru Nthigah to chart a multinational course of far-flung business endeavors.

Now, the New Brunswick resident serves fellow business leaders by delivering trainings, seminars and coaching sessions. The precepts of John Maxwell, a renowned pastor who speaks and writes on the subject of leadership, form the foundation of Nthigah’s work.

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In Scented Skin Scrub, Co-Workers Smell Opportunity

Comments (7) Posted By Joe on May 28, 2012 in Entrepreneur Directory
Tracey Amadi and Janice Francisco turned a unique body scrub into a profitable business.

Tracey Amadi and Janice Francisco turned a unique body scrub into a profitable business. Photo by Brendan McInerney

Janice Francisco is an accountant by trade, but her passion is skin care.

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