Two exciting announcements this week!

Published: June 22, 2023

CurlyRed received a grant from the Backing Small Businesses program presented by American Express, in partnership with Main Street America. These grants provide financial support to small business owners to address critical needs and make a positive impact in their local communities. Grants of $5,000 have been awarded to 350 small business owners, and we are so excited to be one of them!

For CurlyRed, this grant will help us replenish funds we've spent on improving our new building, and help us better serve our customers. Learn more here:


Our president and principal designer M. Kendall Ludwig was also elected to the Greater Oakland Business Association (GOBA) board this past Tuesday!

The three nominees listed on the ballot from the GOBA membership businesses were Kate Buchanan of 206 Alder; M. Kendall Ludwig of CurlyRed and Jitterbug Movement Studio; and Debbie Raynovich of Glamour Ray Salon and Apparel. The ballots were counted and confirmed by Oakland Business Coordinator, Nicole McCullough and Oakland Executive Coordinator, Gwen Evans and the results are as follows:

Kate Buchanan and M. Kendall Ludwig were elected to fill the seats previously held by Pat Franc and Debbie Raynovich.

The other members of the board are current sitting President Josh Bosley, Vice President Kathy Beachler, and Mayor of Oakland, Kathy Shaffer. All changes to the association’s Board of Directors will take place at the next scheduled board of directors meeting.

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