Red Backpack Fund helps KHL Design Studio, INSPO, stay afloat

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Kelly Lankford owns a retail spot and interior design studio in downtown Lee’s Summit.

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$5,000 is enough to go on a vacation, pay for a semester of in-state college, put down money for a car — or help keep a small business afloat in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lee’s Summit business owner Kelly Lankford was one of more than 1,000 female entrepreneurs nationwide to receive $5,000 dollars courtesy of The Red Backpack Fund, a partnership between Spanx and Global Giving.

“My hope is that this gift will help alleviate some of the pressures caused by this horrible pandemic,” said Sara Blakely, founder of the American underwear maker.

“Twenty years ago, I started Spanx with $5,000 in savings, and I see this as a time to pay it forward. Small business is the backbone of our culture. I know what it’s like to be a small-business owner, and I want to provide some relief to these entrepreneurs during this time.”

With the help of the COVID relief grant, Lankford, owner of KHL Design Studio and INSPO: A Modern Decor Store, was able to kick-start e-commerce right before the holiday season.

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A divorce can feel like a death by a thousand cuts. Your finances and worth as a father and husband are put under a microscope. You face an unfamiliar future. And as you look at those difficult big picture life questions, you need to attend to nagging, thumbnail sketch concerns as well. You have to buy silverware, furniture, pots and pans, pizza slicers, water glasses, shower mats and everything else that makes a space livable. Coming home to a futon and bare walls weighs heavily on the soul soon after a marriage. You don’t want a forever home, necessarily. But you and the kids need a place to sleep. 

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“I am a huge fan because of this partnership because I love that Target cares about bringing good design to everybody, which aligns perfectly with my goal to build a brand that makes good design feel approachable. I’m excited that through this partnership, anyone can walk into Target and create a Studio McGee look in their own homes.” – Shea McGee

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