Doula? What’s a doula? Is it a musical instrument? Or maybe it’s the name of a new European rock band. Actually, the word doula comes from the ancient Greek, meaning “ a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth.
Christine Helmer, a doula since 2008, had been teaching child birth classes from her home. Her business was growing, and she felt she needed to have a separate place of business. She prepared a business plan, and began seeking financing in early 2011. In April 2011, she was approved for a loan from her bank that was guaranteed by the State of California’s Small Business Loan Guarantee Program.
Her new business location not only gave her a business site to conduct classes, but she was also able to open a small consignment clothing store as well. She has enjoyed much success and has expanded her business to the adjoining space next door. She is currently looking at a further expansion to another adjoining space.
Community Business Bank
State of California Small Business Loan Guarantee Program