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While mourning the death of my business partner, mentor and father, Steve Bernard, I faced a crossroads. Late July Organic Snacks, the company that we built together, was facing insurmountable challenges. It was 2009, and in the midst of a recession, financing partners were demanding answers about the future of the business before my father was even laid to rest. Within three weeks, our bank sent a letter that mentioned his death as a default on our company’s loan, threatening the future of Late July’s financing.