Impact Stories

Small Business. Big Impact. 

We are proud of our clients who add vibrancy to our communities while creating a pathway to prosperity for themselves, their families and their employees. 

 

At LiftFund 86% of our clients are entrepreneurs of color, 40% are women and 26% are startups contributing to the local economy and making a difference in their communities. 

 

Read about our clients’ entrepreneurial journey and get inspired by their passion, commitment and resiliency. 

BIPOC Owned

Nguyet “Vikki” Howard

Skillful Touch Massage

Vikki worked in chiropractic clinics, long-term care facilities and other community organizations providing healing through massage therapy. After graduating with her social work degree, she decided to open her own massage business, Skillful Touch Massage, to continue helping people dealing with physical and mental pain while having her own space and the freedom to set her own schedule.

The demand for her services rapidl…

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Women Owned

Valorie Anne Reynolds

Chica Verde

Valorie Anne Reynolds is the proud owner of Chica Verde, a vintage home décor shop in San Antonio, Texas, with a niche in outdoor décor that features Texas plants. Chica Verde’s mission is to “bring a bit of warmth and green” into the life of its customers, who are the center of the business.

As an entrepreneur with limited business education, Valorie lacked the traditional business acumen of many of her competitors. How…

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BIPOC Owned

Robert Borrego

Borrego Fine Jewelry

Robert Borrego enjoyed his successful 34-year long career as a certified jeweler and gemologist, but it was always his dream to open his own fine jewelry business. 

In planning for his future, he could see retirement soon, but he questioned what would he do after that. His adult children who are each already entrepreneurs encouraged him to open his own business with his wife, Amanda. With his family on his side, he …

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BIPOC Owned

Rick Narpaul

Mach1 Services

At 3:00 am one morning, veteran Rick Narpaul had an idea that would change his life forever. His business, Mach1 Services, is a roadside assistance phone app that utilizes GPS technology to find the closest provider for any auto service. Customers pay through the app and receive assistance in less than 30 minutes. Narpaul describes it as “Uber technology meets Triple A Service.” Mach1 offers eight services, including the mo…

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Women Owned

Tawnya Dee Sanford

Little Engine Learning Center

If you ask Tawnya Dee Sanford what her secret is to running a successful business, she’ll tell you that she’s willing to give people a chance. After all, she wouldn’t be where she is today — as a person and as an entrepreneur — if it weren’t for the chances that people gave to her.

Tawnya was raised by hergrandmother in a low-income household in a little town in Oklahoma. When she moved to San Antonio in the early 1990s …

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Gilberto De Hoyos

Barrio Barista

Gilberto De Hoyos and his son, Gilbert De Hoyos Jr., are the duo behind Barrio Barista, a coffee shop in San Antonio’s West Side. As the name suggests, barrio means neighborhood in English, serving the community where they grew up and feel at home is one of the founding concepts of the café. According to the De Hoyos, “bonding with people is the key to success and coffee is the best way to do that.”

Barrio Barista is loc…

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