Jaso Sanchez dreamed of opening his own Jiu Jitsu school to teach youth and adults from all walks of life about the martial arts discipline that transformed his own life. With ten years of training under his belt and a business background, Jaso had the opportunity to start his own Brazilian Jiu Jitsu school in 2015 in a commercial park in the city of Claremont. To expand his business and accommodate the growing number of students, Jaso needed additional space beyond the 2,400 square feet he currently occupied. All of a sudden, the commercial space next to his school became vacant, which provided him the perfect opportunity to expand his school by adding an additional 1,800 square feet of space. However, he needed at least $10,000 in capital to cover the expense of construction, new equipment and marketing. Jaso never imagined a traditional bank would finance his business plan for expansion, especially since he was just shy of being in business for two years. Through his professional network, he was referred to NPHS’ website where he discovered the NPHS Business Opportunity Loan Program for small business owners.

Upon learning that microloans were available for businesses with at least one year of experience, Jaso contacted Jenny Ortiz, Vice President of Social Enterprise and Innovations, at NPHS. As a commercial realtor, Jenny understood the particular needs of emerging small business owners and assisted Jaso in submitting a loan application through their community lending partner, Opportunity Fund. The microloan program provides microloans ranging from $2,600 to $100,000 for working capital, equipment, business acquisitions and other business expansion needs. These loans are available to small business owners who do not have access to traditional financing, allowing businesses to grow and create jobs contributing to the local economy.

Upon learning that microloans were available for businesses with at least one year of experience, Jaso contacted Jenny Ortiz, Vice President of Social Enterprise and Innovations, at NPHS. As a commercial realtor, Jenny understood the particular needs of emerging small business owners and assisted Jaso in submitting a loan application through their community lending partner, Opportunity Fund. The microloan program provides microloans ranging from $2,600 to $100,000 for working capital, equipment, business acquisitions and other business expansion needs. These loans are available to small business owners who do not have access to traditional financing, allowing businesses to grow and create jobs contributing to the local economy.

“I had a very good experience working with Jenny Ortiz at NPHS,” stated Jaso about the streamlined process for securing his microloan. He further shared that people could not believe he was able to secure a small business loan because they were unsuccessful in getting loans through the “big banks” in the past.

Initially, Jaso was concerned about getting into debt because of his strong understanding of finances, but he was motivated by his dream of sharing the discipline and art Jiu Jitsu with the community, particularly with youth. As he builds his dream of leading a successful martial arts school, he aspires to one day have a chain of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools teaching the “gentle art” of self-defense to women, children and men of all ages and backgrounds.

For more information on NPHS’ Business Opportunity Loan Programs, please contact Jenny Ortiz at (909) 204-7451, or via email at jortiz@nphsinc.org.