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GreaterReading.org

HOW TWO
SMALL BUSINESSES
ARE TAKING
THE NEXT STEP
By Jobany Bedoya, Greater Reading Chamber Alliance

Raul Tolentino Sr. and Raul Tolentino Jr.,
owners of Platinum Café:

A

s the middleperson between small businesses and all the
available resources in Berks County, I've found that often
people don't realize how many business resources are out
there at no cost to them. I wanted to introduce you to two of more
than 100 minority-owned businesses we've assisted to access capital
and grow.

This father-son team of local entrepreneurs had a dream of
opening a Latino restaurant with an upscale feel. The Tolentinos
purchased the land and business with the assistance of GRCA and
Community First Fund. They recently held a grand opening of
Platinum Café at the end of the summer 2019. Platinum Café is
located at 1925 Centre Ave., Reading.

Dele Olaewe, owner of Pagoda Apparel:
Dele and I first met at my monthly networking event Wednesday
Diversity Mixer many years ago. He had already started his business
on a small scale and worked in a very small shop behind an existing
business. Soon after I started working at GRCA, we were able to
introduce him to ASSETs, a micro-lending program that is a partner
of GRCA. We were able to do a combined loan, and Dele was able
to find a location right in our Downtown District. He is the proud
tenant of 52 S. 6th St., Reading. Pagoda Apparel specializes in
customizing your apparel and graphic design needs.
About Greater Reading Chamber Alliance Minority Funding Program
What: As a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), we focus on helping to grow local businesses,
create and retain jobs, and stimulate local communities in hard-to-serve markets across the county.
Contact: Jobany Bedoya, small business & Latino outreach director,
610-898-6766 or Jbedoya@greaterreading.org.
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