During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) and throughout the year, we commend the entrepreneurial spirit of the Hispanic and Latinx business owners we have worked with in our communities. We also share and celebrate their successes!
For National Hispanic Heritage Month we interviewed them about starting a business. If you are thinking about starting or growing your business, may this interview inspire you to reach for your dreams.
How did you start your business?
We started our business with a business loan from el Fondo Fortaleza.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of starting your own business?
Working for yourself!!!
What are the three most important habits to be a successful entrepreneur?
Responsibility, honesty, and customer service.
How did you push through your biggest business doubts?
Having a positive head, and taking things as they come
How did the First Southwest Community Fund help you in launching your business idea?
We always had a dream of owning our own shop. The First Southwest Community Fund gave us the strength and courage to go out on our own.
As a Hispanic entrepreneur, what specific advice do you have for others who would like to become entrepreneurs?
Just do it, you have nothing to lose and won’t know if you fail or succeed if you don’t try it.
How does your culture and heritage show up in your business?
Our culture and heritage shows up in our business by attracting Hispanic people to the shop where we speak Spanish, and knowing we are able to communicate with them. Durango is a small community, and there is no other shop that speaks both languages. It helps bring people in.