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Rose

Ultimate Model Management

Atlanta, GA

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Personal Story

I grew up in Rocky Mount, NC with my father, mother and three brothers. I have had a passion for modeling since childhood but my parents didn't want me to get caught up with the wrong people in the modeling industry. After college I got married and moved to Atlanta with my husband and decided to pursue a career in modeling. I have an entrepreneurial spirit just like my father and grandfather, who were entrepreneurs. I then worked as a contract employee for The Coca-Cola Company and started modeling for the company doing their trade shows and the company publications for print advertising. My passion led me to do fashion shows with Macy's, Belk, Saks Fifth Avenue and America's Mart and continued on to doing commercials, print advertising, film and TV. My mother became ill with Alzheimer’s at an early age of 57 years old and I brought her to Atlanta to care for her. This slowed my career in modeling but I continued to model through all of the trials.

Business Description

Ultimate Model Management, Inc. (UMMI) is a premier modeling and talent agency providing top-quality models and talent to work in tradeshows, print advertising, television, runway and film. The mission of UMMI is to enhance the services provided to companies in need of models and talent domestically and internationally. Meeting our mission requires providing trained and educated models and talent familiar with client needs and eager to display excellent customer service on the client’s behalf. UMMI enables its clients to have more productive events at reduced cost resulting in increased revenues and enhanced image. I decided to start my business in 2006 and our biggest challenge is to find experienced qualified talent that can land the jobs. Our customers are Coca-Cola, Macy's, Belk, Stilwell Casting, Kelly Casting, Tyler Perry Studio's, America's Mart. My goals are to increase our talent pool with the best talent so that we can have a completive edge over other agencies. I am most proud of my talent recently landing a featured role on ""Being Mary Jane"" a new BET series and recently my talent landed a Gatorade commercial.

What is the purpose of this loan?

The purpose of the loan is to acquire funds to market & advertise our etiquette and modeling classes with the CW Network & CBS-Atlanta, in addition to purchasing radio, and print advertisement. The loan will also be used to contract a PR and Marketing consultant to help bring exposure to the agency and the workshops.

Rose's loan is endorsed by The Edge Connection. The information below explains why her trustee thinks Rose is a great candidate for a Kiva Zip loan.
How long have you known this person?

1 year - 3 years

Tell us about your relationship with this borrower.

Ms. Battle and I met at the SBA Women’s Business center [at the Edge Connection] in July 2011. She enrolled in our Intensive One-on-One Business Coaching Program. We are currently working closely together to implement her marketing and business development plan.

Tell us about this borrower's personality and character, and why you are endorsing him or her for a Kiva Zip loan.

Rose has a wonderful personality. She is light-hearted and easy going. Ms. Battle always brings excellence and great enthusiasm to whatever event or project she’s involved in. In regards to endorsing her for a Kiva Zip loan, I am pleased to do so. The success of the business is centered around 3 key areas: 1) establishing and maintaining a stellar business reputation; 2) establishing a diverse and deep agency pool of talented models to draw on; and 3) securing a broad mixture of desirable projects to work on. Through a Kiva Zip loan, Ms. Battle would be able to direct funds to these areas of the business that can have an immediate impact.

Tell us about this borrower's business, and why you believe a Kiva Zip loan will contribute to his or her success.

Ms. Battle has a deep love and understanding of the modeling industry. She is also very passionate about showing young girls how to be true professionals in the industry. This loan has the potential to help Ultimate Model Management take off. It will allow UMMI to invest capital directly in the areas that impact the business the most. It will also allow her to reach deeper into the community.

Ms. Battle favors the social lending model versus the traditional bank loan because it places the focus on seizing the potential of the opportunity. Also, with a fair credit score and modest earnings she is not totally confident that she would get a loan. And she does not want to add more inquiries to her credit profile if the attempt is not successful.

Ms. Battle fully understands that the success and life of the business hinges on maintaining a stellar reputation on both sides of the equation (Corporate customers and Talent). A reputation that not only exemplifies beauty, grace and creativity, but that honors all commitments and embraces professional conduct. Given this understanding, I don’t foresee any challenges with this borrower repaying the loan.

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A loan of $5,000 helps me to buy televised advertisements from the CW Network, print advertisements in local newspapers and fashion magazines, and to secure a PR & Marketing firm to help with promoting the etiquette & modeling classes for the youth.

Disbursed Jan 3, 2013
Repayment Term:
12 monthly payments
Grace Period:
N/A
Listed:
Aug 1, 2012
Disbursed:
Jan 3, 2013
Paying Back:
Jan 4, 2013
Ended:
Jan 4, 2014

About Ultimate Model Management

Industry:
Entertainment
Years in Operation:
More than 5 years
Website:
umodelinc.com
Follow:
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Badges:
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What are Borrower Badges?

Borrower Badges are a system designed to recognize and reward borrowers’ engagement with the Kiva Zip website.

There are two types of badges that are tiered like medals: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

  1. 'Repayment badges' are awarded for the on-time repayment of loans.
  2. 'Connectedness badges' are awarded for engagement with the Kiva Zip website.

This loan is endorsed by

Trustee Type:
Micro Business Development Training Organization
Location:
Kennesaw, GA
Badges:
None
On Zip Since:
Jul 27, 2012
(21 months)
Loans Endorsed:
2
Total Value:
$10,000
Fundraising/Raised:
0
Paying on Time:
Not enough data
Paying Back Late:
Not enough data
Repaid in Full:
Not enough data
Defaulted:
Not enough data
Repayment Rate:
70%
Why are you endorsing Rose?

Rose has a wonderful personality. She is light-hearted and easy going. Ms. Battle always brings excellence and great enthusiasm to whatever event or project she’s involved in. In regards to endorsing her for a Kiva Zip loan, I am pleased to do so. The success of the business is centered around 3 ...

What are Trustee Badges?

Trustee Badges are a system designed to recognize and reward trustees’ engagement with the Kiva Zip website.

There are two types of badges that are tiered like medals: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

  1. 'Repayment badges' are awarded for the on-time repayment of loans.
  2. 'Connectedness badges' are awarded for engagement with the Kiva Zip website.
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