This summer we’re celebrating our customers in what we call the Summer Of Small Business! Our CEO Noah Breslow will travel across the country to meet with and learn about the personal journeys of our customers. We’re spotlighting the hard work and achievements of our customers all summer long – stick to this page for updates from June through September.
Learn more about our summer visits and check out some tips on how you can make this summer your business’ best one yet:
- Alexandria Music Company Visit
- Tea by Two Visit
- Summer of Small Business: Financing Tips
June Stop #2 - Alexandria Music Company | Alexandria, VA
Noah’s second stop of the summer took him to Alexandria Music Company in Alexandria, VA. Noah, an avid musician in his own right, spoke at length with owner Roger Kronstedt about guitars and pianos.
Roger was happy to note his business’s 25 years providing music to the Alexandria community. He used his OnDeck financing for working capital needs – anything and everything it takes to run a business. That’s a good thing, because Roger offers a wide array of options for his customers – retail sales, instrument rentals, summer camps, and music instruction from one of Roger’s 30 teachers. “The key is to match students up with the correct instructor for their age and style,” Kronstedt said. Teaching students as young as 4 can be a tall (or short!) task, but Roger leans on his daughter, Sanya, for help. “She’s good with the real little kids – ukulele, too,” he said.
Watch Noah’s visit with Alexandria Music Company:
June Stop # 1 - Tea By Two | Bel Air, MD
Noah’s first stop of the summer was Tea By Two, a boutique restaurant in Bel Air, Maryland. Best friends Erin Bradley and Janet Meyers opened the restaurant back in 2001 to bring their passion for tea to the masses. Noah and fellow OnDeckers Jim Larkin, Christin Spradley, and Patrick Cuff joined Erin and Janet for some afternoon tea. Tea by Two was OnDeck’s May Customer of the Month, and Noah was pleased to commemorate the recognition with an award for Erin and Janet.
Cash flow can be challenging for restaurants, and that was true for Tea By Two. We were honored to help Erin and Janet expand their business and increase their product line. They’re now selling scones wholesale to local coffee shops and participating in festivals. The sky’s the limit for these amazing ladies!
Read the full interview with Janet and Erin.
Watch Tea By Two’s testimonial:
How to Make This Summer Your Business' Best One Yet
Businesses often face different financing concerns during the summer, whether they’re a seasonal business or not. Check out some of the ways businesses can use the summer months to their fullest advantage: