Ice tea may not be as prevalent in Ohio as it is in South Carolina, but thanks to Jacquelyn Chapman and the resources she utilized through the U.S. Small Business Administration, Ohioans can now enjoy her Southern-style sweet ice tea. Originally from Greenville, South Carolina, Chapman’s family would often enjoy a sweet ice tea with a homemade twist. The family’s unique recipe became a local success and when Chapman relocated to Ohio, she decided to bring her recipe with her.
“We knew that our sweet tea would stand out,” she said. “It has a unique flavor and people are always looking for something new and different.”
Chapman utilized a number of SBA resources to help her business succeed and expand. She secured access to capital by working through the Economic & Community Development Center, an SBA micro lender, to obtain a $25,000 loan.
Chapman also received counseling through the Women’s Business Center, taking advantage of trainings and networking... Read More