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A Trailblazer in Service to the Hispanic Community

Carol Ortiz’s journey from Mexico City to the United States over 24 years ago is a testament to resilience, determination, and the pursuit of the American dream. Today, she stands tall as a successful entrepreneur, a devoted mother, and a beacon of inspiration for her community.

Una Pionera en la Búsqueda del Sueño Americano

El viaje de Carol Ortiz desde la Ciudad de México a los Estados Unidos hace más de 24 años es un testimonio de resistencia, determinación y la búsqueda del sueño americano. Hoy, ella se destaca como una empresaria exitosa, una madre devota y un faro de inspiración para su comunidad.

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CIMBRA Inc.

Owning and operating a business is challenging. Doing so as someone who is underrepresented in business as well as their own industry ads even more hoops to jump through. For Miriam Rodriguez though, the challenges are worth struggling through to live everyday doing the work she loves.

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Rise Collective Counseling

What drives a person to boldly venture down the winding path of owning their own business varies from entrepreneur to entrepreneur. For Megan Giehl, the motivation developed over years of training and experience in the systemic relationship therapy field. She knew she wanted to provide quality care to her clients for the long haul and felt owning her own practice would provide her the flexibility she was desiring to do so in a way that felt authentic to her.

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Rocky Mountain Brownies

There is rarely a linear path to entrepreneurship. Often, it is a series of twists and turns, ups and downs, that wind us through the business journey. That has surely been the case for Lori Christensen, owner of Rocky Mountain Brownies. Lori was sailing through a highly successful law career, when a series of life altering circumstances forced her to reconsider what she valued most and what kind of life she wanted to lead.

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Do Gooder Games Cafe

Dan Willman and his wife, Jessica, are co-owners of Do Gooder Games Café, a hybrid games store with an inclusive community where patrons are invited to play games with others while enjoying their favorite beverages and snacks from the café. The store also features new and diverse offerings for customers to purchase games and supplies. To further build community and set themselves apart from similar enterprises, they champion a unique rewards program where customers not only earn points for dollars spent, but also for participating in events such as meetups, art shows, and more.

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The Top Two Partnerships Your Business Needs

Owning a business can feel like a lonely experience, especially in the beginning. As a start-up entrepreneur you are usually the one responsible for everything and it is common to second guess yourself or lack confidence in your business decisions. Starting and operating a business is not for the faint of heart, but there are a few key partnerships that can help lighten the load. Keep reading for the top two relationships you need to develop to help you through the rollercoaster of business ownership.

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JCS Cleaning Services

A strong online presence is crucial to a business’s success, especially in our ever-increasing digital world reliant on technology. For many business owners, the skills needed to create and manage a professional website are daunting and ultimately a barrier to their business’s growth. To address the gap in digital skills, especially among minority business owners, the North Metro SBDC started a website program led by Diego Leyes, Bilingual Digital Marketing Specialist and Spanish Programs Outreach Consultant. The selected client for the first round of the website program was Jorge Torres, owner of JCS Cleaning Services.

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Two New Funding Programs For Your Small Business

A major barrier to entry for startup businesses is funding. While it is important to work through long-term, sustainable, funding strategies with a business consultant, there are some new grant and loan programs from the Office of Economic Development and International Trade to help startups become established. Read on to learn about two funding programs to see if they are the right fit for your business.

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Why You Shouldn’t Just Fire All Your Employees

As a small business owner, you know how expensive employee turnover can be. Factor in the cost of marketing open positions along with your time spent creating job descriptions, recruiting, interviewing, hiring, onboarding new employees, etc. and you quickly see the price rising. But if employee performance issues are not dealt with, they can become all-consuming for you and for the rest of your employees as well. So, is it best to fire problematic employees or try to work though the issues? Keep reading for takeaways from Courtney Berg’s recent webinar, “Can’t I Just Fire Them” Best Practices for Managing Employee Performance.

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Best Practices when Collecting Customer Data

Chances are that as a business owner, you are collecting some kind of information about your customers. Maybe it is their payment information when they make purchases on your website, maybe it is their address to deliver your product to, or maybe it is just their email address to add to your newsletter. Whatever it may be, as a business owner you need to be aware of the laws surrounding data collection and how they impact your business. What are the best practices to keep your business safe? Keep reading for information from Samantha Peaslee’s recent webinar session, Dealing with Data.

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