The bank partners with Porter House to offer more than hugs; Meet Four Latest KC Grant Recipients – Startland News

VSameron Martin understands the importance of growing deeply in the community that inspired his journey and first fueled the business he built with his wife, Tameisha, he said.

The co-owners of Love is Key — a waffle-centric brunch restaurant and dining concept in the former Soulcentricitea space on Troost Avenue — received a $15,000 grant on Tuesday from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation in partnership with the Doorman House KC.

“We are natives of Kansas City,” explained Cameron Martin. “We grew up here. We understand the culture. We really want to be able to scale in depth and really be able to be a pillar in the community. It comes from seeds like this, so we appreciate everyone for that.

Of 80 small businesses that applied for the Scale Deep grant — no live pitches required — four were chosen by a panel of judges to share $32,000 for administrative support, cost of equipment, help with rental and general system needs.

Margaret’s Place, Woodie Goodies and Royale Blue Boy complete the list of recipients.

Charon Thompson and Dan Smith, The Porter House KC

The Porter House team – led by co-founders Dan Smith and Charon Thompson with a mission to help underserved entrepreneurs start and sustain their businesses – came up with the name for the grant after reading a harvard business review article on deep scaling.

“These researchers conducted an eight-year study in Detroit,” Smith explained. “The focus was on scaling versus deep scaling and the impact that has on the community. And so that deep piece with us just kind of resonated.

As a recipient of a grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, the nonprofit was able to hire two employees, Miranda Schultz and Jahna Riley, thanks to the influx of funds.

“So we’re really grateful for what JPMorgan Chase has done for us, and without their help, we wouldn’t be able to get to where we are today,” Smith added. “Really thrilled with what JPMorgan Chase is doing for our community.”

In August, the Martins opened their love is the key restaurant at 30th Str. and Troost Ave. The Scale Deep Grant is their first major funding win, noted Tameisha Martin.

“He’s a truck driver; I am a licensed medical social worker, she said. “We live below our means and really saved money to start our restaurant. Like many of you, we also have a story. It really is my mother’s and grandmother’s dream. They always wanted a restaurant.

They plan to use the money to hire more staff and improve their mobile kitchen, she said.

Click on here to learn more about the Scale Deep grant.

Rico Con, Chase, at the Scale Deep Scholarship Announcement Event

Recipients received their grants at the grand opening celebration of Chase’s new bank branch at the corner of Troost Avenue and Armor Boulevard, not far from Love is Key. Rico Conn, the new branch manager, noted that the foundation made nearly $240,000 in charitable contributions to local Kansas City-area organizations in 2020.

“It’s amazing,” he continued. “That’s a lot of dollars. That’s what we’ve been [hearing] – especially from the perspective of blacks and browns – is: “Listen, your support is amazing”. Your handshakes are excellent. Hugs are great too. Even a Facebook like that is cool. But where is the money? I can’t really do what I really want to do without funding and funding. “

Damion Heron, Chase’s executive director for community and stakeholder engagement in the West Midwest region, said hearing the stories of these small businesses reinforces why Chase chooses to support them.

“It’s not just about banking and it’s not just about lending,” he explained. “These are people’s dreams. It is their culture, their heritage and their family dreams that they have had for decades. So to be part of making that happen is just amazing.

At Marguerite’s — $10,000

Patricia McCreary, Margaret’s Place

Patricia McCreary founded At Marguerite’s – an adult daycare, recreation and wellness center for the elderly – in honor of her grandmother, whom she cared for for seven years while suffering from dementia. Margaret’s Place, according to McCreary, provides a space for older people and people with disabilities over the age of 18 to get out and live their best life.

“I did a lot of research and all the research I did showed that the brain was a muscle and she found a place where she could go and be active and have fun,” he said. she declared. “We visited every adult day care center in Jackson County and his exact words were, ‘I’d rather stay home and rot than go to those places. So I’ve been an entrepreneur for 19 years and I saw a need, a problem in our urban core of Kansas City for people like me to find a place to go for their loved ones.

McCreary said she plans to use the grant money to repair a new building recently purchased by Margaret’s Place at 35th Street and Woodland Avenue, just down the street from the new Chase branch.

“It’s refreshing to see bigger banks investing in our community,” she added. “It gives hope. We’ve been a business for seven years now. I’ve been an entrepreneur for 19 years and you just don’t get opportunities like this. So it’s nice to be able to have an opportunity like And then just to feel the love and passion that Chase has for the community, it makes you feel warm and welcome.

Woodie candies — $5,000

Jordan Woods, Woodie Goodies

Founded in 2021 by Jordon Woods – a University of Missouri-Kansas City senior – Woodie candies is a book distribution company that gets unwanted books into the hands of new readers and keeps them out of landfills.

“We provide second-hand books to people in need, mostly through e-commerce sites like Amazon, eBay,” he explained. “Any of our leftover books, we then distribute to local businesses around Kansas City like Half Price Books, or any other children’s books that are leftover, we also donate to local elementary schools.”

Woods is grateful for the grant money and plans to use it towards the cost of a forklift, so he can stack and store more boxes of books for distribution, he said.

Royal Boy Blue — $2,000

Madden Tanner, Royal Blue Boy

Madden Tanner, 13, promotes youth literacy through his business, Royal Boy Blue.

“I write books for young boys in particular – and also for girls – to encourage them to read more because I found that young boys in my school don’t read as much as I do,” he said. he explains.

He also donates books and hosts book groups, in addition to being a DJ.

The grant money should help his business grow even further, he said.

“It means I’m seen for the quality of my business and how hard it can push other literate people,” Tanner added.

Click on here to learn more about the origins of Royale Boy Blue.

This story is possible thanks to the support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundationa private, non-partisan foundation that works with communities in education and entrepreneurship to create unusual solutions and empower people to shape their future and succeed.

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