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