For the last two years, Anna Maria had been running her business out of a temporary space at the Dorrance Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises in West Philadelphia. As La Cucina became more successful Anna Maria knew that she needed more space for her craft. She identified a great location at 12th and Arch Streets, on the ground level of the Home2Suites Convention Center hotel. However to transform the space into the perfect new home for La Cucina, Anna Maria needed financing. When she meet Stephen McWilliams of Rebulic Bank at one of her own culinary courses, she began exploring her options. Ultimately, her need was not quite a fit for Republic, but because of the dedication Republic has to support small business growth, they didn’t stop there. Republic Bank continued to help Anna Maria and referred her to the opportunities available from PIDC. We were able to help La Cucina with a Working Capital & Equipment Loan to support the build out of the new space. And today, La Cucina at the Market’s new location is up and running and entertaining and educating more groups in the most delicious ways.