Meet the KKR Small Business Builders Grant Recipients

These 159 companies will receive a $10,000 grant, expert coaching, and more to help them respond to the impact of COVID-19.

Apr 27, 2021 · 6 min read
Anthony Jolly of Hot and Cool Cafe in Los Angeles, CA

A local healthcare provider, a children’s gym, and a comedy club: These are just a few of the 159 companies represented among the first three round of recipients from the KKR Small Business Builders program.

Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program includes a $10,000 grant, mentoring and coaching opportunities with KKR employees, as well as resources and online community through Hello Alice. Small businesses in countries around the world are eligible, with preference given to those pivoting in response to the pandemic or providing vital community services. There will be five rounds of funding, and small business owners can apply until the June 2021 final deadline.

Check out the full list of Round 1 – 3 recipients below, and subscribe to the Hello Alice newsletter to stay up-to-date on current programs and funding opportunities.

Round 3 Recipients

Austin Blose

Zack’s Local Farm to Table Restaurant and Catering | New Bethlehem, PA

Shannon Seip

Bean Sprouts | Madison, WI

Monica Lamont

Lamont Homes | Washington, D.C.

Hawa Sultani

Crest Cafe | Sacramento, CA

Sarina Prabasi

Buunni Coffee | New York, NY

Rocio Burga Montero

Lima Peruvian Food | San Francisco, CA

Michael Van Camp

Amali Restaurant | New York, NY

Eric See

Ursula | Brooklyn, NY

Kapana Niki Sing

Hickory Street Kitchen and Cocktails | Sisseton, SD

Helen Schafer

Tiny House Coffee Roasters | Austin, TX

Matthew Day

United Educational Corp Programs | Randallstown, MD

David Greene

CrossFit Spero | Oak Park, IL

Jim Gunther

The Inn On First | Napa, CA

Luis Garcia

Bixbee | Chicago, IL

Zachary Glassman

Passion Passport | Brooklyn, NY

Robbie Stuart

Kids Worldwide | Brooklyn, NY

Kerwin Rent

EliteGamingLIVE | Columbia, MD

Tinia Pina

Re-Nuble | New York, NY

Shana Murad

D’s Market | Scottsdale, AZ

Bob Burke

Pot au Feu | Providence, RI

Anthony Jolly

Hot and Cool Cafe | Los Angeles, CA

Leslie Campbell

Sustain LA | Los Angeles, CA

Amy Cornforth

Captain Zodiac | Kailua-Kona, HI

Amit Rabinovich

Forma Pasta Factory | Brooklyn, NY

Sam Lyeon Moon

Medipoints Acupuncture Clinic | Menlo Park, CA

Ulviyya Nasibova

Gelateria Uli | Los Angeles, CA

Mariechia Palmer

Spring Eternal Behavioral Health | Oklahoma City, OK

Rebecca Sawhney

Marlowe | Berkeley, CA

Casey Stevens

The Refill Shoppe | Ventura, CA

Dante Corsi

People’s Restaurant Equipment | Detroit, MI

Heather Alanis

KidsPark | Arlington, TX

Tisa Clark

J.D. Clark Professional Services | Upper Marlboro, MD

Valeen Bhat

Private Picassos Studio | Brooklyn, NY

Dustin Owens

Tru 2 Form Hoops | Glen Echo, MD

Kate Houck

The Underground Kitchen | Richmond, VA

Martin Murch

Good Eats Group | Chicago, IL

Quiana Shamsid-Deen

Supreme Burger | Decatur, GA

Lisa Pena

Jamon Montessori | Silver Spring, MD

Olufemi Ibitayo

L’Art de Vivre Spa | Los Angeles, CA

Marcisco Morrison

Four Fitness | Jersey City, NJ

Renee Hillmann Prentice

Annapolis Children’s Therapy Center | Annapolis, MD

Anita Winters

Rock It Resell | Portland, OR

Alfred Walker

Walker Quality Services | Cypress, TX

Alexander De Almeida

Crispim BJJ | Pleasanton, CA

Michael Cook

Tempe Dance West | Phoenix, AZ

Alexander Washut

Jake’s Restaurant | Northampton, MA

Michelle Craig

Transcendent Law Group | New Orleans, LA

Leandro Lissa

Jumpin’ Jamboree | Doral, FL

Gina Mariko Rosales

Make it Mariko | San Francisco, CA

Charles McCoy

Artisan Luxury Brands | New York, NY

Lisa Gutierrez

Dos Hermanos Taco Truck | Columbus, OH

Todd Skog

Todd’s Room | Birmingham, MI

Round 2 Recipients

Yvonne Cox

Emmanuel Adult Day Center | Bridgeton, MO

Zayana Harriday

Peace Homes | Southfield, MI

Vivian Ross

Elephant in the Room Counseling Services | Augusta, GA

Leo Pollock

The Compost Plant | Providence, RI

Victoria Sesay

Sesay Enterprises | Johns Creek, GA

Karim Abouelnaga

Practice Makes Perfect | New York, NY

Katherine Tesch

Circus Academy of Tucson | Tucson, AZ

Faith Lee

Bird & Branch | New York, NY

Alessandro Biggi

Avocaderia | New York, NY

Darlene Crask

Ices Plain & Fancy | St. Louis, MO

Kristin Kagetsu

Saathi | New York, NY

Vania Abdul-Badee

360 Marketing & PR | Camden, NJ

Grace Melek

Success Fitness & Training Center | Maplewood, MN

Emmett Soldati

Teatotaller | Somersworth, NH

Emily McHugh

Casauri | Fort Pierce, FL

Catherine Jaffee

House of Pod | Denver, CO

Stella Husch

Strive Recreational Therapy | Clarkston, MI

Belinda Bates

Bates Distributors and Suppliers | Southfield, MI

Tara Darnley

Darlyng & Co. | Greensboro, NC

Shelley Wiseman

The Farm Cooking School | Solebury, PA

Joan Kanner

Bottoms Up Bagels | Baltimore, MD

Lilly Benitez

Blade Craft Barber Academy | Dallas, TX

Rochelle Brenner

Action Karate Mt. Airy | Philadelphia, PA

Courtney Blagrove

Whipped – Urban Dessert Lab | New York, NY

Mary Chris Ong

Soma Mvmt | Maplewood, NJ

Krittika Khandelwal

Soothi | Duluth, GA

Priyanka Raha

PopSmartKids | Bellevue, WA

Jewell Singletary

Gratitude Griot | Newark, NJ

Beverly Malbranche

Caribbrew | Newark, NJ

Monika Reti

Hipcooks | Portland, OR

Jessie Weinzatl

Coastal Massage and Wellness | Jacksonville, NC

Khadijah Robinson

The Nile List | Washington, D.C.

Lakischia M Smith

Who Dat Barber Shop | Harvey, LA

Carmen Brown

NJ Home Health Care | Jersey City, NJ

Pearl Ubaru

SiSTEM Tutoring Agency | Houston, TX

Courtney Bromwich

Sawnee School of Ballet | Cumming, GA

LeToya Garland

School of Breaking | Aurora, CO

Kristina Han

Own Your Wonder | Washington, D.C.

Jereatha Nichols

Smart Economic Development Fund of South Carolina | Orangeburg, SC

Maria Duerson

Umbrella Functional Consulting & Support Team | Croydon, PA

Brittany Holtz

Studio B Power Yoga | Harrisburg, PA

Miquel Henderson

The Studio Mind|Body | Boulder City, NV

Kevin McLaughlin

Larema Coffee House | Rocky Mount, NC

Cassiopeia Sledge

The Black Mall | Chicago, IL

Heather Harrison

The Bake Shop | Edgewater, FL

Linda Skwarcan

Veni’s Sweet Shop | Niles, MI

Usifo Ighedosa

Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids | Sugar Land TX

Corie A Lange

Mama Cella’s Pizza Station & Catering | Lima, OH

Kelly DiNardo

Past Tense Yoga Studio | Washington, D.C.

Sarah Anderson

Yoga on Beacon | Seattle, WA

Eugene Tan

Aquabumps Surf Photography | Sydney, Australia

Ivano Cafolla

Zazu | Donnybrook, Ireland

Round 1 Recipients

Nick Anderer

Anton’s | New York, NY

Gary Carter

Sitpinyo Muay Thai & Fitness | Hong Kong

Justin Gurland and Zac Clark

Release Recovery | Yorktown Heights, NY

Lisle Richards

The Village Den | New York, NY

Trishala Bhansali

Lekha | New Orleans, LA

Daymara Baker

Rockin’ Baker Incorporated | Fayetteville, AR

Hossein Akbari

The Discovery Years | San Jose, CA

Beth Plante

Charleston Power Yoga | Charleston, SC

Warren Norgaard

Milkweed Arts | Phoenix, AZ

Teri Van Goethem

DC Born & Bread | Washington, D.C.

Francine Zodda

A Child’s Place | McHenry, IL

Thomas C. Trotman

TNT Construction Training | Denver, CO

Michael A. Robinson

Dallas Costume Shoppe | Dallas, TX

Monica Wong

Little Green Cyclo | South San Francisco, CA

Athanasios Hatzinas

Yetter’s Diner | Augusta, NJ

Kareem Badr

The Hideout Theatre | Austin, TX

Tyrone Foster

Precision Landscape Services | Portland, OR

Janie Deegan

Janie’s Life-Changing Baked Goods | New York, NY

Lexi Beach

The Astoria Bookshop | New York, NY

Anna Peters

Art Coop | Urbana, IL

Sherille D. Barber

Barber Therapy & Associates | Rock Hill, SC

Brenda Bueno

Little Daydreamers Learning Center 2 | New York, NY

Alina Ackenbom

Camp Friendship | Palmyra, VA

Bridget Manzanares

Flagship Real Estate Group | Encinitas, CA

Melissa Anelli

Mischief Management | New York, NY

Lane Velayo

Synergos Association Management | Indianapolis, IN

Cate Phillips

Capstone Calling | West Bend, WI

Jimmie Richard

Richards Family Group | Willowick, OH

Jessie Lipkowitz

Polarity | Ann Arbor, MI

Charlotte Guyton

Bard & Baker | Troy, NY

Dennis Williams

W.Heir’s | Winter Springs, FL

Eric Cruz

Progressive Health & Performance | Murrieta, CA

Jaime Adams

Poshy Paws | Peoria, AZ

Zoe Schuler

ZMD | Madison, WI

Jonathan Byun

Playcenter | Lakewood, CA

Debbie Hall

Century Travel | Austin, TX

Jim O’Connor

Homestead Inn | Wolf Point, MT

Laura Oldaker

Academy for Caregiving Excellence | Tucson, AZ

Nicole Phillips

Inner Me | Houston, TX

Mona Ghattas

Duran Central Pharmacy | Albuquerque, NM

Mary Williams

Urgent & Primary Care Of Clarksdale | Clarksdale, MS

Kyle Black

RollerCade | Detroit, MI

Patrick Lai

Game Theory Restaurant + Bar | Fort Worth, TX

Sandra Stroehmann

Elixir Mind Body Massage | Denver, CO

Deborah Carlin

Debbie’s Dance Studio | Williamson, WV

Christian Davis

Supply Locale | Chicago, IL

Tom Rummel

MrCleanSD | San Diego, CA

Sheila Rhodes

Small Batch Kitchen Cafe and Market | Lansdale, PA

Cristina Atencio

Isabel Blackwell | Portland, OR

Ribner

PiperWai | New York, NY

Evonya Easley

Love E | Atlanta, GA

Kristi K May

Legend Acres | Surprise, AZ

Moiz Bohra

Nova Home Care | Farmington Hills, MI

Alda Escobar

Madre Luna | Corona, CA

Sian DeLuca

SensationAll Kids Gym | Concord, CA


Applications for future rounds of the KKR Small Business Builders program are still open. Click here to learn more and submit!