Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 47 / 20 November 2014
 

SF bike shop owned by trans woman seeks public’s help to win funding

Screen Shot 2014-06-19 at 5.36.58 PMA transgender owned bike shop on San Francisco’s Treasure Island is seeking the public’s help to win funding from Wells Fargo.

Owned by Tammy Powers, a female-to-male trans woman, the store is called the Tran’s Bay Bike Shop, a play on words of local references to such things as the transbay tube used by the public transit agency BART.

Powers opened her bike shop over a year ago and, last fall, received a shout out on Twitter from trans activist Janet Mock. Powers not only sells and repairs bikes but also rents out bicycles to tourists.

“I’m an expert mechanic and technician, and we sell, rent and trade the highest quality bicycles for everything–from the hobbyist to the professional–it’d help me out too if you took a trip to beautiful Treasure Island for superior bicycle rental, repair or service,” wrote Powers on a page she created last September on the crowdfunding site GoFundMe.

She is seeking funding to expand and hire more employees, especially other transgender people. As such, Powers has entered a contest for small business owners sponsored by Wells Fargo bank.

The Wells Fargo Works Project is specifically for small business owners in the United States. According to the project’s rules posted online, the goal is to select five small business owner winners from a pool of 25 finalists, all of whom will each receive $1,000.

The five winners will each receive $25,000 for their business and business mentorship tailored to their specific business needs. Wells Fargo will also donate $5,000 in their name to a local eligible nonprofit organization in their community.

To view Power’s video entry to the contest and to vote for her business, visit here.┬áThe contest ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on Monday, June 30. The finalists will be notified by July 21 and grand prize winners will be notified in early September.

— Matthew S. Bajko, June 19, 2014 @ 6:05 pm PST
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