¡Encuentra la alegría con dulces artesanales que nunca has probado!

Por Hye June Park

Dulces tradicionales mexicanos son un gran deleite que toda la familia y amigos pueden comer juntos. Los dulces artesanales hechos localmente por Sweet Tsopelik tienen una variedad de ingredientes desde frutas, nueces, miel, jarabe, harina, y maíz los cuales los hacen perfectos para cualquiera que tiene gusto por lo dulce.

Daniela Ariza, la dueña de Sweet Tsopelik se especializa en crear sus propios dulces artesanales los cuales las personas tal vez no han visto en Estados Unidos. Tsopelik quiere decir “dulce” en Náhuatl un lenguaje ancestral de México. Ella utiliza ingredientes orgánicos y menos azúcar que los dulces originales de México. También tiene opciones para veganos. “No quería utilizar ingredientes que necesitaran refrigeración como leche o huevo. Así ahora cualquiera desde un niño pequeño a un adulto mayor puede probar mis dulces”

Ella comenzó su negocio después de tomar la serie de talleres de Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI) “Tome las clases para ayudarme a encontrar mi idea de negocio”

“Hice Garapiñados de mi ciudad que son Cacahuates cubiertos con azúcar. A pesar de que fue la primera vez que hacía dulces, leí libros, investigué y me enseñé a mí misma. Tuve muchos fracasos para obtener el producto perfecto pero lo que me hacía falta era más paciencia. Finalmente, compartí los buenos con mis cuñadas y a ellas les encantaron las golosinas. Así fue como decidí que mi negocio sería de dulces”, explicó.

Comenzar un negocio no siempre fue fácil y Daniela tuvo algunos obstáculos. Debido a su falta de transporte, los lugares donde podía vender sus productos fueron limitados. EGBI la conectó con varias organizaciones como The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Las Comadres para las Americas y Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas. Daniela ha recibido ayuda y apoyo de estos recursos y de la comunidad, para llegar a más clientes. Su próximo objetivo es expandirse a una audiencia más amplia mundialmente que le compre sus productos.

Estos dulces especiales artesanales se pueden encontrar todos los domingos de 11 de la mañana a 3 de la tarde en el mercado HOPE ubicado en 412 Comal St. Austin. Para más información visita sweetsopelik.com.

Find joy with artisan candies you’ve never tasted!

By Hye June Park

Traditional Mexican candy is a great treat that all families and friends can eat together. Local made artisan candies by Sweet Tsopelik have a variety of ingredients from fruits, nuts, honey, syrup, flour, and corn which makes it perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Daniela Ariza, the owner of Sweet Tsopelik, specializes in creating her own artisan candies that people may have not seen in the United States before.  Tsopelik means sweet or candy in Nahuatl, an ancestral language from Mexico.  She uses organic ingredients and less sugar than the original candies from Mexico. She also gives the option for vegans as well. “I didn’t want to use ingredients that need refrigeration like milk or eggs. So now, anyone from a toddler to a senior can try my candies.”

She started her business after taking one of Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI) workshop series, “I took the class which helped me find business ideas.”

“I created “Garapiñados” which are peanuts covered with sugar from my town. Even though it is my first time to make candies, I read books, did research, and taught myself. I had many failures to make perfect ones, but what I needed was more patience. Finally, I shared good ones with my sisters in law and they loved the sweet treats. That is how I decided to make my business about candies,” she explained.

Starting a business was not always easy and Daniela had some obstacles. Due to her lack of transportation, the venues she could sell her products to were limited. EGBI connected her to organizations such as The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Las Comadres para las Americas, and Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas. Daniela has received help and support from those resources and the community to reach more customers. Her next goal is to reach a broader, worldwide audience that will buy her products.

These special artisan candies can be found when shopping at HOPE Farmer’s Market located in 412 Comal St, Austin every Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm.  For more information about Sweet Tsopelik, visit sweetsopelik.com.

CARRITO DE COMIDA MEXICANA CON MUCHO AMOR PARA DAR

Por: Hye June Park

Alicia’s Tacorriendo de Austin agrega algo extra a su comida; ¡Amor!

Max Varela, dueño de Alicia’s Tacoriendo. Cocina todas las comidas con pasión y amor por el gusto de una comida deliciosa. Alicia, quien es famosa en Mustang Ridge por sus tamales, es su madre. Así que él utiliza las recetas de ella. Su negocio local, de propiedad familiar se especializa en auténtica comida mexicana de Monterrey, México a un precio accesible. Él ofrece servicio de alimentos para cualquier tipo de ocasión o lugar, junto con tamales disponibles para tu deleite.

“Yo he trabajado al lado de mi madre en muchos festivales y eventos de venta de alimentos. Mi madre tiene más de 30 años en la industria del servicio de alimentos y es propietaria de su propio carrito de comida. Quiero ofrecerle oportunidades a mi familia a medida que vamos creciendo “, el comentó.  La comunidad que visita su carrito de comida recibe el amor que él le pone a cada platillo.

A pesar de que él tenía la experiencia, le fue muy difícil establecer y promover su negocio. Para resolver su problema, Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI), le ayudó a refinar su plan de negocio y le brindó ideas de mercadeo. Pero más importante aún, es que continúan ofreciéndole consejos y asesoramiento empresarial. Al completar la serie de talleres para pequeños negocios de EGBI. Él fue elegible para una membresía de un año en la Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC). Y al ser parte de (GAHCC) le daría mayor exposición a su negocio a posibles clientes. Puedes visitar su carrito de comida el cual está ubicado en 8503 Hilmoore Drive, Austin, Texas 78719. Para más información sobre Alicia’s Tacoriendo visita:  www.facebook.com/aliciastacoriendo.

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Mexican food truck with plenty of Amor to give

By Hye June Park

Austin’s own Alicia’s Tacoriendo adds something extra to their food; amor! 

Max Varela, owner of Alicia’s Tacoriendo, cooks all of the meals with passion and love for great tasting food. Alicia who is famous in Mustang Ridge for tamales is his mother, so he used her recipes. His local, family-owned business specializes in authentic Mexican food from Monterrey, Mexico at an affordable price. He offers catering for any type of occasion or venue, along with, readily available tamales made to your delight.

“I have worked alongside my mother at many food vending festivals and events. My mother has over 30 years in the food serving industry and owned her own food truck. I want to provide opportunities for my family as we continue to grow,” he said. The community that visits his food truck receives the love he puts in every dish.

Although he had experience before, it was not easy to establish and promote his business. To solve the problem, Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI), helped him refine his business plan and provided him ideas on marketing. More importantly, they continue to offer him business advice and counseling. By completing the EGBI small business workshop series, he was eligible for a free year’s membership to the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce(GAHCC). Being part of the GAHCC will give his business more exposure to potential customers.   You can visit his food truck which is located in 8503 Hillmoore Drive, Austin, Texas 78719.  For more information about Alica’s Tacoriendo visit www.facebook.com/aliciastacoriendo.

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LA ALEGRIA DE PROBAR NUEVAS RECETAS

Por Hye June Park

La primavera es un buen tiempo para aprender a cocinar. Te recomiendo que visites la página web Tye Cooks Austin la cual tiene muchas recetas.

Tye Lewis, dueña de Tye Cooks Austin le encanta enseñar a la gente a cocinar comida gourmet saludable, utilizando materias primas que se encuentran en la mayoría de las despensas. Su negocio combina su entrenamiento como maestra y su pasión por la comida. Ella ofrece clases de cocina personalizadas y en grupos pequeños. Además, ofrece clases de cocina en grupo a equipos de organizaciones del área de Austin. Ella se siente feliz cuando sus clientes se dan cuenta de que pueden cocinar platillos saludables y sabrosos en su propia cocina.

Sin embargo, no siempre ha sido fácil comenzar un negocio. Ella enfrentó obstáculos: cómo desarrollar una misión clara, encontrar a su “cliente” y obtener fondos para la puesta en marcha. Ella obtuvo ayuda de Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI). EGBI le ayudó a aprender los conceptos básicos de cómo crear una empresa desde cero. “También el valor del seguro, la fijación de precios, el refinamiento de mi propuesta de ascensor y ver el valor total del servicio que ofrezco a mis clientes” Tye se ofreció. “Ahora mis metas son expandirme dentro de más mercados aquí en el área metropolitana de Austin, así como también otra ciudad de Texas. Estoy trabajando en la publicación de un libro de cocina multicultural orientado a quienes padecen alergias e intolerancia alimentaria”. Puedes encontrar sus recetas en su sitio web, las cuales consisten en ingredientes encontrados en la mayoría de las despensas de las personas, pero también de un ingrediente que puede ser encontrado muy fácilmente en cualquier tienda local, pero es muy versátil. Cualquiera puede probar una de las recetas gratuitas y aumentar su confianza en sus propias habilidades culinarias.

Para más información acerca de Tye Cooks Austin, visita www.tyecooksaustin.com.

The joy of trying out new recipes

By Hye June Park

The spring is a good time to learn how to cook. I recommend you visit Tye Cooks Austin website which has plenty of recipes.

Tye Lewis, an owner of Tye Cooks Austin loves teaching people to cook a healthy gourmet meal using staples found in most pantries. Her business combines her training as a teacher and her passion for food. She offers highly personalized one-on-one and small group cooking classes. Additionally, she offers on-site team building cooking lessons for organizations in the Austin area. She is happy when her clients realize that they can cook healthy flavorful entrees in their own kitchen.

However, it has not always been easy starting a business. She faced obstacles like developing a clear mission, finding her “client”, and startup funding. She got help from Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI). EGBI helped her learn the basics of how to set up a business from scratch. “Also, the value of insurance, pricing, refining my elevator pitch, and seeing the full value of the service I provide to my clients.” Tye offered. “Now my goals are to expand into more markets here in the Austin metro area as well another Texas city. I am working on publishing a multi-cultural cuisine cookbook geared for those who have food allergies or intolerance.” You can find her own recipes on her website, which consist of ingredients found in most people’s pantries, but also one ingredient that can easily be found in a local grocery store but is versatile. Anyone can try one of the free recipes and building confidence in your own cooking skills.

For more information about the Tye Cooks Austin, visit www.tyecooksaustin.com.

LA UNIDAD DENTRO DE LA COMUNIDAD LLEVA AL CRECIMIENTO DE NEGOCIOS

By Hye June Park

El número de empresas de propiedad negra en Austin está creciendo. Febrero es el Mes de la Historia Negra, una celebración anual de los logros de los afroamericanos y un momento para reconocer el papel central de los negros en la historia de los Estados Unidos. Para celebrar el Mes de la Historia Negra, Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI) reconoce a dos clientes que operan un mercado de comida africano y una organización sin fines de lucro que destaca la historia negra. Uno lleva la comida etíope a la comunidad de Austin, mientras que el otro ayuda a los jóvenes a moldear su identidad y aprender de su pasado.


Sitotaw Degefaw, uno de los propietarios de Selam International Mart & Café en North Lamar, vende alimentos y especias importados de Etiopía y África Oriental en su tienda de comestibles. Los visitantes pueden explorar la cultura de África oriental mientras disfrutan de la comida tradicional etíope sin la necesidad de viajar a Etiopía. Selam International Mart & Café es un lugar donde la comunidad de África Oriental en Austin puede venir y disfrutar de su cultura nativa de Etiopía, así como un lugar para que los no africanos prueben algo nuevo en un ambiente muy amigable. La parte favorita de Degefaw de ser dueño de su negocio es conocer gente nueva y tener un lugar donde su comunidad pueda reunirse.

Comenzó su negocio con sólo una idea. Llegó a EGBI para obtener el apoyo que necesitaba para su pequeña empresa, con la idea de comenzar un matadero para un tipo particular de carne de res importante para la comida etíope. EGBI lo ayudó a comprender las regulaciones gubernamentales sobre el procesamiento de carne y, a medida que su idea se definía mejor, tuvo la oportunidad de comprar una tienda de comestibles que tenía espacio para agregar una carnicería para su carne especial.

Trabajó con Joni Foster, Director de Programas de EGBI, a través de sesiones de entrenamiento uno a uno. “Ella me conectó con el proveedor que sacrifica la carne especial según la costumbre de mi país”, ofreció Degefaw. “Trabajó conmigo para hacer realidad mi sueño”. Sigue visitando a Joni una vez al mes para hablar sobre este negocio. Para obtener más información sobre Selam International Mart & Café, visite selamcafe.com

The Living History Foundation se fundó en febrero de 2018 cuando el primer grupo de personas se sentó alrededor de la mesa y ordenó la reunión. El año pasado, la organización recibió su estado 501 (C) (3) del IRS y presentó tres programas de historia de vida en el centro de Texas. Edgar B. Garza, presidente de la Junta de Living History Foundation, dijo: “La misión de la Fundación es inspirar a los niños y jóvenes de corazón a conocer las contribuciones de la gente de color en la construcción de esta gran nación del mundo. Tiempo antes de los primeros europeos hasta nuestros días.

“La historia es una parte importante de nuestra vida personal”, continuó Garza. “Es la clave para entender quiénes somos como humanos. Los jóvenes finalmente desarrollarán su propia perspectiva sobre la vida humana y la sociedad. Una que se basa en historias sobre personas comunes, como los jóvenes que están en el programa. También aprenderán de la gente común lecciones de coraje, liderazgo y protesta constructiva.

Es la primera vez que muchos de los miembros de la junta directiva forman parte de una organización sin fines de lucro, pero EGBI se reúne con los directores un par de veces al mes para ayudarles a poner todo junto. La junta se reunió en diciembre de 2018 para hacer planes para 2019, y Joni Foster, Directora de Programas de EGBI, facilitó la conversación. Manténgase atento a uno de los 12 programas de historia viva que la organización ofrecerá en los próximos meses. Para obtener más información sobre The Living History Foundation, visite facebook.com/livinghistoryfoundation.

Board members of Living History Foundation
Black History
Salem Mart

Unity within the community leads to business growth

By Hye June Park

The number of black-owned businesses in Austin is growing. February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. To celebrate Black History Month, Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI) recognizes two clients that operate an African food mart and a nonprofit that highlights black history. One brings Ethiopian food to the Austin community, while the other helps youth shape their identity and learn from their past.

Sitotaw Degefaw, one of the owners of Selam International Mart & Café on North Lamar, sells imported Ethiopian and East African foods and spices in his grocery store. Visitors can explore East African culture while enjoying traditional Ethiopian food without the need to travel to Ethiopia. Selam International Mart & Café is a place where the East African community in Austin can come and enjoy their native Ethiopian culture, as well as a place for non-Africans to try something new in a very friendly environment. Degefaw’s favorite part of owning his business is meeting new people and having a place where his community can gather.

He started his business with just an idea. He came to EGBI to get the support he needed for his small business, with the idea of starting a slaughterhouse for a particular type of beef important to Ethiopian food. EGBI helped him to understand the governmental regulations around processing meat, and as his idea got better defined, he had the opportunity to purchase a grocery mart that had space to add a butcher shop for his specialty meat.

He worked with Joni Foster, EGBI’s Program Director, through one-on-one coaching sessions. “She connected me to the supplier that slaughters the specialty meat according to my country’s custom,” Degefaw offered. “She worked with me side by side to make my dream happen.” He continues to visit with Joni once a month to talk about this business. For more information about Selam International Mart & Café, visit selamcafe.com

The Living History Foundation was founded in February 2018 when the first group of people sat around the table and called the meeting to order. In the past year, the organization has received its 501(C)(3) status from the IRS and presented three living history programs in Central Texas. Edgar B. Garza, the Board President of Living History Foundation, said, “The mission of the Foundation is to inspire children and the young-at-heart to learn about the contributions people of color made in the building of this great nation from the time before the first Europeans to the present day.

“History is an important part of our personal lives,” Garza continued. “It is the key to understanding who we are as humans. The youth will ultimately develop their own perspective on human life and society. One that is based on stories about ordinary people just like the youth that are in the program. They will also learn from ordinary people lessons in courage, leadership, and constructive protest.

It is the first time for many of the board members to be a part of a non-profit organization, but EGBI meets with directors a couple of times per month to help them put everything together. The board gathered in December 2018 to make plans for 2019, and Joni Foster, Program Director at EGBI facilitated the conversation. Keep a lookout for one of the 12 living history programs the organization will offer in the months to come. For more information about the Living History Foundation, visit facebook.com/livinghistoryfoundation.

Board members of Living History Foundation
Black History
Salem Mart

The Metal Wizard Turns Talent into a Growing Business

By: Hye June Park

Jason McClain and his wife, Silvia Solorzano, had a vision four years ago to start McClain Metal Works.  From a modest beginning in 2014 working from their garage with one client, Jason and Silvia now have a shop, a team of six employees working full time, and lots of ideas to grow in 2019.

Over the years, Jason grew a reputation in Austin as “The Metal Wizard”. Jason learned on old school 1940 machinery and his talent earned him recognition which in turn encouraged him to open his own business.

Jason and Silvia manage the business together from fabrication to office paperwork. “We are constantly learning from our projects. Every project is unique. Some are designed as a piece of art or as décor, some are designed for industrial or commercial purposes. Sometimes both architectural and art are integrated to meet functionality and décor at the same time. We never get bored with this kind of challenges. McClain Metal Works’ goals for the business 2019 is to expand their services.”, explains Silvia.

Currently, they have a nice variety of clients, from interior designers, architects, construction companies, to DIY homeowners.

The McCain’s story is one with lots of sweat and hard work combined with training, coaching and support from Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI) . Silvia took classes at EGBI years before the two of them met. “The people at EGBI are there when we needed them the most, not only with the classes but during the process of the business growing, and to help us to find the solutions that we need.”

“We are so happy at how fast we have expanded our capabilities.  Today, we are a team of six people working full time in our shop. The more we grow and expand, the more help we need on operating the business.  We always go to Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI) when we need help, they provide us the coaching we need.”

For more details on McClain Metal Works, visit mcclainmetalworks.com.

 

Couple Sells Business to Employee of 20 years

 

Gabriel Orozco Goes from Technician to

Proud Owner of S.T.A.R. Windshield Repair


 
Austin, TX:  After working at S.T.A.R. Windshield Repair for more than 20 years, on January 2, 2018, Gabriel Orozco bought the business from the retiring owners, Eileen and Larry Smith.
Larry and Eileen are happy to see Gabriel take over the business that has been serving the Austin area since 1986. “We wish nothing but the best for Gabe,” said former owner, Larry Smith. The Smiths will be helping Orozco through a three-month transition period, to prevent any disruption in service as Orozco makes the transition from technician to owner.
For the last 6 months, Gabriel Orozco has consulted with Economic Growth Business Incubator (EGBI), an organization that provides training, coaching, and support to aspiring and existing business owners. He completed EGBI’s business workshop series and will continue to be coached by EGBI staff to sharpen his business skills through the changeover.  EGBI helped Orozco qualify for a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan from PeopleFund for the purchase, and connected Orozco to the University of Texas School of Law Entrepreneurship & Community Development Clinic for legal support.
Orozco looks forward to providing the same excellent service S.T.A.R. Windshield Repair clients are accustomed to.  “As a longtime customer, we are excited to hear Gabriel will be taking over the business and preserving the excellent customer service he has always provided us,” said Roy Reyes at Double R Sport Imports.
About S.T.A.R. Windshield Repair: S.T.A.R. Windshield Repair has served the Austin area as the rock damage repair specialist since 1986. Their mobile service has a lifetime money-back guarantee and provides insurance deductible waivers. For more information, contact the new owner, Gabe Orozco, at 512-576-5154.