Henry Maldonado, Jr., Fiscal Project Manager, UMEZ; Collin Abraham, Pollen Nation Floral and Event Design; Kelly Abraham, Pollen Nation Floral and Event Design; Ellingston Clarke, Senior Loan Officer, BRISC; and Kelvin Crucey, Senior V.P. for Finance & Administration.

THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS AND FLOWERS

 POLLEN.NATION RECEIVES BRISC LOAN 

New York, NY - Hope Knight, Acting Executive Director of the Business Resource & Investment Service Center (BRISC) announced today that Pollen.Nation Corp., an established floral and event planning firm, is receiving a $145,000 loan from the organization.

 Pollen.Nation Floral and Event Design, as it more informally known,  is re-locating to 125th Street, between Fifth and Madison Avenues, as such the BRISC loan will be used for this undertaking, including purchasing equipment and for working capital.  Additionally, a portion of the loan will be used to upgrade the company’s existing website, pollennation.net, to accommodate e-commerce solutions.  The business was previously located at 2037 Fifth Avenue, just around the corner to the north of its new location. 

 With the opening of Pollen Nation Harlem, area residents, as well as visitors to Harlem, will be introduced to not only a premium high-end florist, but creativity, artistry and elegant designs in the world of event planning.  Pollen.Nation also intends to generate revenue by selling flowers, arrangements, vases, aromatherapy candles, simple home furnishings, gourmet and themed gift baskets and exotic plants, while providing advice, décor and installation solutions for homes, restaurants and offices.

  “With its previously established reputation of offering a variety of outstanding unique and professional services to its clients, I’m confident that “Pollen.Nation Harlem will be welcome addition to the diverse landscape of 125th Street,” said Ms. Knight.

 Collin Abraham and his wife, Kelly, the owners of Pollen.Nation, said, “We are extremely thankful to BRISC for seeing Pollen.Nation's vision for Harlem and helping to make this a reality.

 “Pollen.Nation will carry and stock a wide variety of exotic flowers and create artistic one of a kind floral arrangements, we will also provide full service wedding and event planning, simple and unique home decor solutions as well as providing impeccable customer service to Harlem it's residence and the Harlem business community. We are truly looking forward to a meaningful, fruitful and long lasting relationship with BRISC.”

              Pollen.Nation Harlem’s Grand Opening is slated for Wednesday, February 4th at 7:00 p.m.

ABOUT BRISC

 BRISC offers start-up and/or expansion loans to qualified businesses in Upper Manhattan.  Loans are from $50,000 to $250,000 in size, with a competitive fixed rate, a maximum seven year maturity and there isn’t a job creation requirement.  Additionally, BRISC technical assistance programs are available to ensure the sustainability, profitability and growth of small businesses in the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone. Technical assistance includes consulting services, workshops, seminars and access to a large “how-to” library.  

 

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