TriLinc Main Street USA: Support Small Business Across America1

Why Small Businesses?

Small businesses are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. They create two thirds of net new jobs2 and drive U.S. innovation and competitiveness. Over 58 million people3 work in small business. As of January 2020, there are more than 30 million small businesses4. Small businesses create jobs, spark innovation, and provide opportunities for many people to achieve financial success and independence.

SMALL BUSINESSES YOU CAN HELP

We have created this page to demonstrate our support for small businesses throughout the USA. As such, you will find links to small businesses from the recommendations of TriLinc investors and staff below. If you are interested in having your business shared here, or know of a firm that you would like to see posted, please contact Robert Kronman at rkronman@trilincglobal.com.

Abby Berkson Ceramics

Abby Berkson is a ceramic artist based in Easthampton, Massachusetts who makes homemade, one-of-a-kind pieces that become cherished parts of daily life.
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Flags of Valor

Since its start in 2015, Flags of Valor grew from a two-person garage operation to a nationally heralded veteran manufacturing company. Founded by two veteran special operations pilots, FOV specializes in hand-built wooden products that showcase American values. At its creation, they dedicated Flags of Valor to being American-made, empowering veteran hands, and robustly giving back to charity. They’ve proven this commitment by creating more than 65 Veteran jobs, raising $1,050,000 for veteran and first responder charities, and delivering over 97,000 hours of American manufacturing labor.
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Frame the Message

Founded by teacher and skilled graphic recorder Taryl Hansen, Frame the Message offers a dynamic learning process to bring energy and clarity to presentations. Utilizing graphic recordings, Frame the Message is able to capture the big ideas during presentations and capture the most salient points. The end product is a series of visual images on a set of 3 x 5 boards set up in your presentation space. Ideas are shared at a rapid pace and put into context that an audience can hold on to.
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Iolani Sportswear

In 1953, the Kawakami family started Iolani Sportswear, a unique Hawaiian Island based clothing manufacturer, using local island prints, designs, and textures. Now with a retail store, “Iolani on Kona Street”, the Iolani team takes the creative lead of clothing prints and styles made in Hawaii and sold throughout the United States and the world.
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Why We Help

One of TriLinc’s core beliefs is that the key to a thriving economy rests with growing and sustainable small businesses. These businesses are vital employers in small towns across America and many are self-employed, which is their only source of income for their family. The COVID-19 Virus has struck a devastating blow with catastrophic consequences to those very businesses and they need help.

How You Can Help

A new survey from the National Federation of Independent Businesses Research Center reports that 92% of small business employers are negatively impacted by the coronavirus, an escalation from 76% just days earlier.5 With continued uncertainty around “re-opening” many of these businesses are in danger of closing permanently. Above, we have provided links to small businesses in towns from across the United States which could benefit from your patronage.

In addition to supporting the small businesses listed on this site, here are immediate ways you can help:
  • Buy a gift card for a friend or relative and encourage them to buy for someone else
  • Order takeout to support your local restaurants
  • Consider doing your holiday shopping online now
  • Purchase a DIY kit or virtual consultation from your favorite hair salon
  • Post a positive social media “shout out” to your favorite local business
  • Need soap? Visit a local artisan site instead of buying a national brand
  • Support niche groceries in your community
  • Support independent bookstores by purchasing online
  • Donate your expertise with a free consultation

Be encouraging, positive, and inspiring - it is the American way!


 


 

DISCLAIMERS & FOOTNOTES


1This information is for general purposes only and does not represent a recommendation or offer of any particular security, strategy, or investment. Businesses noted are not those in which TriLinc or its investment vehicles have invested in or that TriLinc is recommending for investment.
2United States Small Business Administration - About SBA 5/4/2020
3United States Small Business Administration - SBA Information & Facts 5/5/2020
4United States Small Business Administration - SBA Information & Facts 5/5/2020
5National Federation of Independent Business – Trends and Research 5/08/2020