LiftFund Small Business Disaster Relief Programs

Gavin O’Neill

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While other 20-somethings toughed it out in the brutal job market, 22-year-old Gavin O’Neill became his own employer. Gavin and his partners opened up Hello Boys, a men’s vintage clothing shop in Nashville last August.  Determined and motivated, Gavin converted an office space into a retail space for his consignment shop, purchased inventory, established a website and opened his store, all within two months.  After acquiring a loan from LiftFund, Gavin paid for shelving, the store’s first month’s rent and deposit and other supplies. He credits the loan for allowing the doors of Hello Boys to open. After his first weekend of business, they had to temporarily close the shop because they sold out of most of their inventory and needed to replenish. Word is spreading rapidly about the exciting new venture. Gavin reports that legendary musician Elvis Costello and his family recently paid a visit to the shop.