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Cohort #5

Willie Ivy

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Willie Ivy – Ivy’s Jerk Joint LLC

Ivy’s Jerk Joint is the only Jamaican jerk restaurant in Fort Wayne, recently opened by Willie Ivy. Willie has big plans in mind for the success of his restaurant, and with the right resources, he can thrive and eventually open another location. With the micro-grant from Fortitude, Willie will be able to invest in a sign outside his restaurant so his customers can easily find his location.

Sarah Trombley

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Sarah Trombley – Lunar Infusions

Sarah Trombley makes kombucha, a fermented tea that has little to no sugar with incredible health benefits, like probiotic health. She started Lunar Infusions after brewing her own kombucha for a few years and selling it to friends and family. Because of Fortitude, Sarah can invest in marketing that will help her get the word out about the benefits of kombucha.

Molly Grimm

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Molly Grimm – Wool & Cottage

In Auburn, crafting and community have come together through Wool & Cottage, a place for women to learn useful skills and have fun doing it. Molly Grimm started Wool & Cottage to provide knitting classes to the community that anyone can join. She currently uses knitting kits to teach her classes, and through a grant from Fortitude, Molly can purchase more knitting kits, allowing her to teach more classes per month.

Luke Bassett

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Luke Bassett – BŪMI JUICE

The demand for fresh-pressed juice in Fort Wayne became apparent when Luke Bassett was asked to make juice for a local fresh food grocery story. BŪMI JUICE was born–100% organic, raw, cold-pressed juice. Luke produces dozens a bottles of week in Auburn, IN. As a recipient of a micro-grant from Fortitude, Luke can purchase client management software, a refrigeration unit, and print high-quality labels for his bottles.

Jamie Bright

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Jamie Bright – 5ivehi Clothing

After the tragic loss of his son, Jamie decided to take the opportunity to memorialize his son and give back to the community through a clothing line. Through this business, Jamie can devote time and energy to Fort Wayne’s inner city youth and keep the memory of his son alive despite their tragedy. A grant through Fortitude will help Jamie and his wife invest in more merchandise and manufacturing.

Grant Giszewski

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Grant Giszewski – Content Creator

As a local creator in Fort Wayne, Grant Giszewski creates video content for businesses meant for use across social media platforms. He specializes in helping businesses grow their business through the unique reach that social media offers. With a grant from Fortitude Fund, Grant can purchase high-quality video equipment to continue producing exceptional content.

Denise Hoff

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Denise Hoff – Fresh Food Hub

Denise and her team first opened Fresh Food Hub in 2015, and since then, they have grown to a community who want to get people out of the fast food lane and back in the kitchen. Their goal is to equip and teach people how to cook fresh food for themselves. A grant from Fortitude can help them purchase equipment for their teaching kitchen so more people can learn how to cook healthy food.

Davonta Beckham

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Davonta Beckham – The Art of Beckham

As an artist, illustrator, and creator, Davonta Beckham discovered that by creating visual art that support dreams, happiness, and well-being could leave a lasting impact on the world. Through his venture The Art of Beckham, Davonta hopes to inspire and challenge through art, storytelling, and imagination. A micro-grant can help him complete the formation of an LLC, further his line of products, and begin exploring publication for his first children’s book, If You Know You Could Fly.

Abraham Parra

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Abraham Parra – The Build Guild

The Build Guild was formed to provide a working space for creatives, DIYers, and builders of all kinds to bring their ideas to life. Abraham Parra helped create this community so anyone could create in a space well-stocked with tools, machinery, and equipment. With a micro-grant through Fortitude, The Build Guild can invest in social media marketing that will grow their community.