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Jul 6, 2016 2:56 EST

Theonna: Book Kona LLC is an online bookselling business. We sell with some of the top retailers in the world like Amazon and Alibris. We help universities keep books out of landfills fields and we acquire hard to find books from local stores to help spread literacy.

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Theonna

 

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Theonna’s story

My name is Theonna and I have been in the book business for over 7 years. I grew up in Virginia and am still there now. I grew up in a single-family household in a small neighborhood in Virginia Beach. At certain times things were difficult but we fought through and I ended getting my degree in Business Management.

I started this business in 2007. The business was a passion of mine as I grew up reading books. I had a huge collection. I was a huge fan of the Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High. Back then, I never knew I would grow-up to be a book dealer.

In college I was asked to develop a business plan for my entrepreneurship class. I came up with selling books online. In fact, I was the only one in the class that came up with an online business. I have been doing that ever since. One of the greatest opportunities I have had with this business is I got to sell about 100,000 books to a company in California. I would like to build a stable business that I can pass down to my children. I am excited about what the future holds for me!

 

This loan is special because:

It helps expand a woman-owned, bookselling business in Virginia Beach, VA.

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Business Description

Book Kona LLC is an online bookselling business. We sell with some of the top retailers in the world like Amazon and Alibris. The business was built from the ground-up; book-by-book, deal-by-deal. We make deals with other business owners. We help universities keep books out of landfills fields by making deals with them. Also, we acquire hard to find books from local stores to help spread literacy.

Our customers are anyone in the world. Internationally, we have sold to countries like, Morocco, Israel, France, Spain, Switzerland, Argentina, Taiwan, Singapore, South Africa, and South Korea.

Although we work very hard, I am most proud of the ability to be able to set my own hours and remaining in business for almost 10 years. Our biggest challenge is keep up with current trends in the book industry and figuring out new ways to sell our inventory. i am very grateful for the opportunity to run such an amazing business!

What is the purpose of this loan?

The purpose of my loan is the get inventory and pay for shipping. Our shipping talks a lot of our funds upfront every month but we aren’t paid often. My business will be impacted greatly as it will help us make more money and lessen our expenses every month.

About Book Kona LLC

Industry: Retail
Years in operation: More than 5 years
Website: lotobooks.com

 

A loan of $5,000 helps Theonna a Kiva Zip loan helps me to replace outdated equipment, purchase inventory to expand faster, have better management over shipping, gives me more shipping options, and help me to start a more aggresive advertising and marketing campaign.

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