Maria Peck was born in New York City and raised in Peru. Her 15-plus years of sales and marketing experience comes from a broad range of positions held in Atlanta and New York, giving her a diverse view of the industry. As the owner of Sweet Devil Moon Tapas Bar, she was personally responsible for meeting the financial challenges of running a restaurant, managing a 1 Million-dollar yearly budget for 6 years. Her search for additional funding led her to access capital through a National Microlender. She spent two years working from home after her daughter Victoria was born, and later decided to work with Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs as Small Business Loan Officer. She works on community outreach initiatives, coaching financial education programs around town, one-on-one business consulting and lending. After 3 years as a successful micro-lender she will be serving as the Program Director for The ACE Women Business Center in Atlanta.