A loan applicant kicks off the process when he or she fills out the form found below and submits it to EPI via the website or fax.
After many hours of care and expertise from then EPI staff helping me and preparing for the EPI loan presentation, I told Zisha Novoseller that the experience was so positive and enlightening that even were they not to grant me the loan request, I would still be eternally indebted for the education and experience that Bernie and Zisha taught me and shared with me
The way I was received after I applied for the EPI loan was with such dignity and respect. The Jewish community has many chessed organizations, but this one is so well run it stands in a league of its own;not because of the amount of the funds it gives out, but rather how the individual is treated and encouraged throughout the process. It was clear from my first encounter that Zisha and Bernie truly wanted me to get the loan. I almost felt that I was doing something for them by following the protocol. My feelings were confirmed at the presentation when i saw that I was not the only person that felt this way, they were so genuine in everything they did. What can I say, the money was a life saver, the encounter was a life changer, and my association with EPI has raised my faith in the Jewish world to an all time high. How magnanimous it is to be able to give someone back the confidence they need to take care of their family.
I had originally come to EPI for a job and was told that I was capable of starting my own business and being my own boss. We worked on the viability of starting a company based on previous work experience. I borrowed money from family and friends and received match funding from EPI along with a mentor and some other very smart people to guide me. I am now working harder than I thought possible and building a beautiful business in the food industry .EPI encouraged me to dream, motivated me to reach for the stars, walked me through a business plan, warned me of the pitfalls, held my hand and turned the dream into reality.