Ginkgo Bioworks

The BLDC gave Ginkgo Bioworks their first financing as a startup—a $150,000 loan. Today the organism company, which designs custom microbes for customers across multiple markets, is worth over $1 billion.

The company’s organism engineers work directly with customers including Fortune 500 companies and government entities to design microbes for their needs—applications including nutrition, health and consumer goods.

Third Piece Knitwear

Third Piece Knitwear previously had only an online and “pop up” presence. After the company received a $150,000 loan from the BLDC, owner Kristen Lambert opened an exciting new retail store in the South End. The company is a wholesaler and retailer of yarn and craft made knitwear products. The new store features knitwear, yarn and knitting kits, and also has a dedicated space for knitting classes and other events. This woman-owned enterprise currently employs 6 people and supports the work of 10 craft knitters, most of them self-employed women.

Imported Foods Corporation

Imported Foods Corporation has had a long relationship with the BLDC. The company is a wholesale distributor of primarily specialty food products for restaurants, hotels, and other commercial entities in the Boston area. In the fall of 2017 they received their third round of financing from the BLDC. The $235,000 loan went to support the continued growth of the company. Since Sarah and Anthony Pompeo purchased Imported Foods in 2008, BLDC loan assistance has helped them to grow sales from $2 to $3 million per year. They now employ 8 people.