2013 Blog Posts
What We Are Thankful for
Al Lopez, December 16, 2013
Thanksgiving may have just passed, but I have not stopped being thankful for another great year here at EGBI!
Just before the holiday, we celebrated our last graduation for clients who completed our entrepreneurship training. In all, this year we had 80 individuals complete at least 30 hours of business training and present their business plan to their class and the EGBI staff. The graduation celebrated a wonderful blend of new and developing partnerships, including Las Comadres para las Americas, University of Texas Pan Am Veteran’s Center, El Buen Samaritano, and FuturoFund. Read more…
Mother and Daughter Business Kicks Off at EGBI
By Nayeli Gallegos, December 13, 2013
Bea Baylor worked as a full time nurse for 20 years. At the same time, for the last seven years, she had been informally running her business from home… providing her services for free most of the time. As a 13 year cancer survivor, Bea has been an advocate for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, helping them create a journey to healing. She wrote the book “My Tribulations Made Me Fabulous” which will be published in 2014, and she was featured in the latest issue of Renewed Magazine. Read more…
EGBI Client Opens Food Trailer on Rainey Street
By Al Lopez, July 30, 2013
About two thirds of EGBI graduates wind up starting a business. In most cases, taking into account their learning, they decide to delay the start to do it in a better prepared way. This is the case of Vann Brown, who graduated from Building Success Program in August 2011. All of last year, she worked on developing her plan, continued to getting business training, attended a couple of our workshops, networked at our Annual Reunion, and kept EGBI in the loop of her progress.
Support EGBI’s First e-Raiser!
Our first online and social media fundraiser, April 16-May 16, 2013
By Al Lopez, April 17, 2013
Last October, I wrote about why I support EGBI, hoping to stimulate some additional support for our organization. Well, needless to say, I was pretty gratified by the results we experienced last fall…
…In an effort to continue to broaden our outreach and diversify our supporters—folks who know about and are willing to invest in EGBI—we’re holding our first ever online and social media fundraiser over the next four weeks. What we would like to do is have as many of our connections (and their connections) commit to a $25 donation to EGBI. Read more…
Is Collaborating Really Beneficial?
By Al Lopez, March 28, 2013
In the last couple of years, as I have navigated around the nonprofit/public sector, I’ve observed very different levels of organizations that are willing to work together when it may be in the very best interest of the clients they serve and the mission they purport to have. Read more…
I know we’ve talked about this, but ARE YOU FINANCIALLY FIT?
By Al Lopez, March 19, 2013
Our initial session for EGBI’s small business startup training is Boot Camp. Many of you have taken it, and I know that many wonder why we are starting our “how to start a business” program with a class on personal finances and credit. However, it is surprising to me how many of the clients who begin our program have very little idea when it comes to their financial obligations, book-keeping and overall financial fitness. So we start with the basics and build on that. Read more…
What kind of clients come to EGBI? Client feature: Teresa Valenzuela-Basa
By Al Lopez, February, 2013
The diversity of our clients is an element that makes our experience here at EGBI especially interesting and rewarding. At one end of the spectrum, we have folks who don’t yet have a specific business but feel that sometime in the future they will start a business. At the other end, we have clients who already have a business developing, but have reached a point where they realize they really need and want to have a more formal business plan, such was the case of Teresa Valenzuela-Basa. Read more…
EGBI Client Highlight: Home Help Services by Verobran
By Nayeli Gallegos, January, 2013
Veronica Trevisan is the Co-Owner of Home Help Services by Verobran along with Branbilia Mendoza. They offer home support services, a combination of residential cleaning and home health care. Veronica, a native from Argentina and Branbilia (Bran), a native from Mexico, met each other in 2006 while working for a Mexican Taqueria. Read more…
Happy Holidays from EGBI
By Al Lopez, December 2012
As we approach the holiday season, we reflect on the great year we had. We are thankful to be in a place that nurtures the entrepreneurial spirit and contributes to the development of our community; we are thankful for our growing list of clients and supporters; and we are thankful for everything we accomplished in 2012. Read more…