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Nadira El Khang of Nadira Bag

Nadira El Khang of Nadira Bag

Nadira El Khang
Nadira Bag
Queens-LaGuardia SBDC

Nadira El Khang, an immigrant from Morocco and LaGuardia Community College student, first consulted the SBDC as a student entrepreneur involved in the Capital One Entrepreneurial training at NYDesigns. She received SBDC assistance in her pitch for financing and won a $1,000 grant from Capital One. Nadira started Nadira Bag - a home-based leather handbag and accessories manufacturing business in 2012. While talking to LaGuardia SBDC Director Rosa Figueroa, she expressed her desire to expand and move the business out of her home. Rosa suggested that she apply for a zero-interest loan from the Women’s Enterprise Action Loan Fund. She submitted Nadira’s application for the loan and advised her to research the possibility of finding space at LaGuardia’s NYDesigns business incubator. Nadira secured space at the incubator, with the condition that she completes a business plan. LaGuardia Advisor Luilly Andrade assisted Nadira with the development of her business plan and financial projections. Nadira also received assistance from the resident business advisor at NYDesigns. Nadira is settled in the incubator, and received a $5,000 loan from the Women’s Enterprise Action Loan Fund. The loan enabled her to purchase furniture and fixtures for the incubator space and inventory. Nadira will retain her job and hire one employee. “Thank you Rosa for your guidance and valuable advice to help me achieve my dream,” says Nadira. “I couldn't make it without you. It's a dream how everything came together at the right time, money and the studio space!”

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