Trustee: Andrea Baker Consulting

San Francisco, CA

Why are you interested in becoming a Trustee?
I have spent most of my adult life starting businesses or working with others to start their own successful business. I my current work we support new and emerging businesses in revitalized commercial corridors. I encounter many businesses that could be helped by a Kiva loan; and I would luike to be able to introduce those businesses to the Kiva opportunity. Additionally, I really like and respect the Kiva model as a sustainable resource for small new and growing businesses.
What is the mission of your organization?
Our mission is to identify new and emerging businesses and connecting them with development and growth opportunities.
In the past, how effective have you been in achieving this mission?
ABC has been effective in assisting several businesses in getting off the ground as well as securing their first brick and mortar space. We provide technical assistance to businesses which has allowed them to grow successfully. We look at increased sales and patronage, improved operational efficiencies and job creation
Do you belong to any organizational networks -- nationally, regionally, or locally? If yes, please list.
SPUR Cornell Society of Hotel Persons
How will you decide who to endorse as a borrower? What due diligence will you conduct?
Potential borrowers will have exhibited a commitment to their business - they have been doing it for some period of time; have noted and learned from the experience - and is always thinking about how to improve their business. An operator who has a business plan, recognizes that it is a living document that is most effective when adjusted to reflect actual experiences and trends. An operator who documents and can speak to how the changes they are making are affecting their business model and their bottom line. An operator who despite their tiredness is energized by discussion of their business and plans for the future.
How do you plan to support the borrower, both before and after the loan is disbursed?
Being a small business owner can be lonely work. I plan on being present to support my borrowers through continually identifying and sharing resources that can be helpful in their business growth. I hope to have regular engagement with the borrower regarding their progress; and new challenges that may emerge on their continued journey of success.I am willing to serve as a business mentor, and am able to provide technical assistance in the areas of operations, marketing and growth. I hope to work with these business as they expand and seek larger more permanent spaces and can assist in identifying brick and mortar space as well as other technical and financial assistance through City and other non profit organizations.
How will you help us ensure that the loans you endorse have a significant and positive social impact?
My focus for these loans will be micro and emerging businesses ($25,000-$250,000/annually). Primarily, I think Kiva Zip will be most helpful to the very small start up business who has identified a need in their community and desires and has the ability to step up and fill it. I work in a lot of emerging corridors and I hope that Kiva Zip can provide the opportunity for the culture and identity of a commercial corridor to be retained even as the community grows.

About Andrea Baker Consulting

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Business development, program development and community outreach
First Tier trustee
On Zip Since:
Nov 20, 2013
(33 months)
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