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Aug 8, 2016 7:51 EDT

Marquis – Trini-Mart: A loan helps an immigrant entrepreneur bring affordable products from the Caribbean to Fargo, ND

iCrowdNewswire - Aug 8, 2016


United States
Fargo, United States / General Store
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Marquis’s story

Hello! My name is Marquis Parson. I am 35 years of age. I am a single father and proud dad of my 2 year old son Abel. Currently I am attending College for a bachelors degree in Entrepreneurship. I came from an Island called Trinidad and Tobago. Growing up there was very hard and there were always almost everyday tough times,. Even though I have been in the states for quite a while. What had surprised me also, was that I didn’t know that I would also faced hardships here as well. You know when you come to America you think it is just like the nice stories they tell you in the movies and so on. Now with that mentality I say to myself I want to go there. I am happy to have came but boy I was wrong. Realizing this I came to the understanding that though times dwells any and every where. I’ve had many solid dreams and some shattered dreams. But all in all the dreams that I do have, still allowed me to carry on. Fast forward to today my dreams towards the future is to open up and run a very well designed and structured business. I have been in many position that allowed me to see the entrepreneur spirit as a whole and also within myself. At the Age of 10 I was selling fruits, and sodas to the local customers at the market in my home country. At age 15 I was given candy from my mom to sell at the local school to help my mother pay a few bills around the house. 

This loan is special because:

It helps an immigrant entrepreneur bring affordable products from the Caribbean to Fargo, ND.

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More about this loan

Business Description

My business is based around retail. I have established a position to open the very first Caribbean retail store in my area. I decided to sell products from some, if not most of the Caribbean countries. I have always wanted to start the business for a long time after researching the demographic. I notice that there wasn’t any kind or anything of this nature where I reside. I said to myself if I could bring affordable products from the Caribbean right to the customers that they would enjoy the product. I said to myself not only would they enjoy the affordable products I sell, but also It would give them a chance to be a part of a ever growing business as well as part take in the culture. Even though the person was grateful enough to me to let me lease the location out, my biggest challenge I face is securing a loan in order for the business to grow. However the one most thing that I am most proud and thankful for is the opportunity that was given and that is a beautiful thing in itself.

What is the purpose of this loan?

I will use the loan to purchase inventory items and products as well as equipment. Products such as frozen orders, novelties, gifts, food products and snacks. The inventory I mention cost $2,500 to start off small. Equipment such as shelves, counter top, used Pos system, freezer and coolers to store and keep product fresh made out to be 3000. I think with the loan secure and the everything in place Trini-Mart will make a huge impact on the local community and afar. With the right mentor I think bringing a unique business, such as mine to the area will greatly impact not only mine or my family life, but the community as a whole.

About Trini-Mart

Industry: Retail
Years in operation: 6 months – 1 year

A loan of $500 helps me to purchase inventory as well as equipment that shall be used to help start and grow my business, with the intent of offering customers authentic, valuable products.

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