ImageBarrington business owner Todd Rhodes is singing the praises of the Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club’s (BBRC) MicroLoan program that helped his rock 'n' roll-influenced general store succeed in today’s tough economic climate.  “The MicroLoan I received a year ago for Grassroots helped us achieve our sales goals 4-6 months ahead of schedule.  We were able to bring in merchandise in a more efficient manner thereby increasing our sales/inventory ratio,” says Rhodes.

The Barrington Breakfast Rotary Club’s MicroLoan Program focuses on creating new sources of income and is more personal and customized to the opportunity at hand.  At its core, the MicroLoan Program is about helping people working to help themselves.

Grassroots, located in downtown Barrington, offers unique apparel, accessories, gifts and more for the whole family.  Many of their products can be specialized for each guest such as stenciled windows, hand painted skateboards, custom cufflinks, and more.  Grassroots also supports many local and national groups.  For example, they sponsored a Rock ‘n’ Roll fashion show this past year and raised $1,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation.   They also cross-market with many local businesses and create and host events that strengthen sense of community. “The MicroLoan program demonstrates Barrington Breakfast Rotary’s commitment to the local business community, and I appreciate their dedication and support,” adds Rhodes.