A local healthcare provider, a children’s gym, and a comedy club: These are just a few of the hundreds of businesses represented among the first six rounds of recipients from the KKR Small Business, one of a number of grant programs undertaken by the Global Entrepreneurship Network to provide direct support to entrepreneurs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and other significant challenges.
Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the KKR program includes a $10,000 grant, mentoring and coaching opportunities with KKR employees, resources and online community through Hello Alice, as well as access to the Global Entrepreneurship Network. Small businesses in countries around the world are eligible, with preference given to those pivoting in response to the pandemic or providing vital community services.
One of the most recent recipients of this program Ming Thompson, the co-founder of Atelier Cho Thompson. Founded by two women of color, the architecture firm combines traditional architecture principles with interior design, graphic design, and strategy to build community and create a work environment friendly to working mothers.
“In 2020, we were focused on survival,” Thompson says. “When the majority of our projects were canceled or went on hold at the start of the pandemic, we quickly and nimbly figured out how to keep the company afloat and our employees taken care of. Now, in 2021, our focus is on building a well-established and resilient company for the future.”
She says the $10,000 grant will allow them to take things to the next level and bid for bigger projects in New York that will boost their reputation.
Still, the Global Entrepreneurship Network, KKR and Hello Alice recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, and the road to recovery is long. In response, our partners at KKR have pledged additional funding to support small businesses with more rounds of grant funding.
“KKR is honored to expand our partnership with Hello Alice and the Global Entrepreneurship Network to continue supporting small businesses as they recover and build resiliency,” said Joe Bae and Scott Nuttall, co-presidents and co-chief operating officers of KKR. “We plan to continue our KKR Relief Effort programs to spur global economic recovery and nurture the high-impact organizations and businesses playing a critical role in rebuilding and strengthening our communities.”
Check out the full list of Round 6 recipients below. Recipients of Rounds 1-5 can be found here.
Round 6 Recipients
Designed By Purpose Counseling & Consulting | Aiken, SC
The Inferno Barre and Dance Studio | Chicago, IL
Fabpro Technologies | Baltimore, MD
Shabu Plus | Washington, D.C.
Shaping Minds Therapy | Newark, DE
Personfinances4us | Baltimore, MD
Brighter Hope Wellness Center | Clarksville, MD
Yoga Angels | Beverly Hills, CA
Gourmet Goodies | Mendon, NY
OCA Mocha | Arbutus, MD
Quality of Life Counseling Center | Hampton, VA
WASE | London, United Kingdom
Catonsville Happy Feet | Catonsville, MD
Capitol Percussion + Backline Rentals | Riverdale, MD
Joel Cosme, Jr.
Community Grounds Coffee & Meeting House | Columbus, OH
Cajun Fire Brewing Company | New Orleans, LA
Queer Bar | Seattle, WA
Kathy Jo Miller Taylor
KJ’s Cakery Bakery | Kent, WA
Minni | Boston MA
Axo Rock Kitchen & Lounge | El Paso TX
Funtime Preschool of Clinton | Clinton, MS
Carpe Bleu’s Catering | Sacramento, CA
Sweet Sosumba Vegan Cafe | Washington, D.C.
blaCk Coffee Lounge | Cincinnati, OH
Coffee Bandits | Merced, CA
Art. Play. Learn. | Bowie, MD
Industry Soundz | Blue Springs, MO
Atelier Cho Thompson | New Haven, CT
Olde Madrid | Racine, WI
DeMont Guitars | Oswego, IL
Batter Bar | Lynchburg, VA
Paris Fit Studios | Philadelphia, PA
NC Music Center | Charlotte, NC
12 Tides | San Francisco, CA
Orange Poppy Spa | Boulder, CO
East Side Pot Shop | Austin, TX
Pastaholics | Lithia Springs, GA
Ticora Elaine Davis
The Creator’s Law Firm | Charlotte, NC
Plant Perks | Missoula, MT
Good Vibes | Country Club Hills, IL
Stellar Creative Collective | Union City, NJ
Macon Progress Basketball | Beaverton, OR
Excel Taekwondo Center | Canoga Park, CA
Sun Group Energy | Seekonk, MA
The Wellness Kitchen of Warrenton, VA | Warrenton, VA
The Star Look | Decatur, GA
Chi-Town Cuts and Fades | Los Angeles, CA