Royal Arms Cleaning, LLC

Client Conversation with Royal Arms Cleaning, LLC

Royal Arms Cleaning services specializes in cleaning commercial spaces for various industries, including, but not limited to offices, schools, retail, medical, industrial/manufacturing, restaurants, dealerships, religious facilities, event venues, etc. The company offers full cleaning services in the general night clean: vacuum, sweep and mop, garbage/recycling removal, kitchen/breakroom, restroom, etc. Additional services provided: day porter, deep clean; make-ready (move in/move out) service, post-construction clean up, window cleaning, carpet cleaning, water extraction, floor maintenance (strip and wax, machine scrub and recoat, and spray buff), power washing, and disinfecting (fogger). They use hospital grade disinfectant products that help to eliminate viruses, germs, and more.

We were proud to have a conversation  with Anne Hardin, coowner of Royal Arms Cleaning, LLC about their entrepreneur journey, challenges during COVID-19, how EGBI has assisted them through coaching, and much more. We were also joined with our supporter Cristina Valdés, local realtor with Realty Austin.

Interview with Anne Hardin below.

Lucero photography

Client Conversation with Lucero Photography

Lucero was born and raise in North Mexico and now happily living and raising my little family in Austin, Texas. She created Lucero Photography due to her passion of digital photography. She does professional headshots, family photos, and product photography.

We were proud to have a conversation with Lucero Valle-Archuleta about her entrepreneur journey, challenges during COVID-19, how she has pivoted her business, how EGBI has assisted her through coaching, and more.  We were joined by Allison Lujan with Moody Bank as moderator. Thank you ladies for the great conversation.

Interview with Lucero Valle-Archuleta of Lucero Photography below.

Client Conversation with Maria’s Taco Xpress

Maria’s Taco Xpress is a must-visit Austin icon. It’s been called eclectic and eccentric, and truly captures the best of Austin and what helps Keep Austin Weird. Deemed “South Austin’s Taco Queen” by the Austin Chronicle, owner Maria Corbalan has been satisfying taco lovers all over Austin for the past 23 years. You can often find Maria at the Taco Xpress giving out hugs, laughing, and greeting everyone warmly.

We were proud to have a conversation with Maria Corbalan about her entrepreneur journey, challenges during COVID-19, how EGBI has assisted her through coaching & bookkeeping servicces, and the delicious food served at her location.  We were joined by our community supporter Felicai Peña, Public Affairs Manager with H-E-B.

Interview with Maria Corbalan of Maria’s taco Express below.

Alegria Catering and Fiestas

Client conversation with Alegría Catering & Fiestas

Alegria Catering & Fiestas is a company that offers a highly professional catering service in the planning, organization and preparation of corporate, social and family events. They distinguish themselves because each of their products and services are carried out with extreme dedication and professionalism. Lourdes Kaman says their goal is for you to obtain a culinary experience, in every way with an exquisite gastronomic tasting of different dishes, drinks, desserts, cafeteria and an impeccable catering service where she highlights the decoration, design and good taste, which will make it unforgettable in any event you do. The company has a great relationship with the Sustainable Food Center and local farmers so that they provide fresh food made of local and organic ingredients.

We were proud to have a conversation with Lourdes, owner of Alegria Catering & Fiestas about her entrepreneur journey, challenges during COVID-19, how EGBI has assisted during the crisis, and the delicious food they serve.  Alegria Catering & Fiestas will be the provider of the Homemade Potato Salad (potato, celery, bell peppers, peas, scallions, spices) and Mexican Street Corn off the cob (Queso Fresco, goat cheese, sour cream, lime juice and spices) for our annual fundraiser, Celebrating Success. All are invited to join us on September 9th, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our virtual fundraiser.

Interview with Lourdes of Alegria Catering & Fiestas is below.

It's Cleaning TIme

Client Conversation with It’s Cleaning Time

It’s Cleaning Time owners believe in environment safe house cleaning, actively research the best products, and can discuss options on using them in your home.

We were proud to have a conversation with owners, Eloisa and Mario Alvarez, of It’s Cleaning Time about their entrepreneur journey, challenges during COVID-19, and how EGBI has assisted them through various stages of their business. EGBI board member, supporter and local business owner Alejandra de la Torre – State Farm Agent was moderator of the conversation. Eloisa and Mario spoke about all the support they received from EGBI through COVID-19 crisis including weekly group meetings and business coaching.

Interview with Eloisa and Mario of It’s Cleaning Time below.

Restaurant Austin

Client Conversation with CUBA512

In February 2015, Iskander and his Ecuadorian wife Tuky opened Cuba 512 as a manifestation of their own American Dream.  Cuba512 is a place of discovery that serves traditional Cuban dishes. All dishes are freshly prepared with hand-picked ingredients and served alongside island fresh cocktails & tropical smoothies. Cuba512 promises you a highly authentic Cuban experience by catering to all your senses. Its talented staff, decor, music, food, and beverage bring the ambiance of Cuba directly to Austin with hand crafted, Caribbean mojitos. They have an extensive take out menu.

We were proud to have a conversation with Tuky about their entrepreneur journey, challenges during COVID-19, how EGBI has assisted them through coaching, and their delicious food. Cuba512 will be the provider of the Ropa Viaja (shredded beef slowly cooked in tomato base sauce, onion, bell peppers) for our annual fundraiser, Celebrating Success. All are invited to join us on September 9th, 2020 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM for our virtual fundraiser.

Interview with Tuky of Cuba 512 below.

Together we Stand

To Our EGBI Community,
We are filled with sadness and frustration over the recent events against African Americans these past few months.  We join the call to find ways to stop police brutality and heal our nation. These horrific acts have led to unrest across the country. We must come together to ensure all of our brothers and sisters are permitted the same opportunities and equal justice.
For the last fifteen years, EGBI has been working to help individuals achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.  Along with our partners, we are working to break down the barriers many minorities in our communities face.  By providing training, coaching and support services to small businesses, our clients are receiving the tools necessary to develop sustainable businesses.  Businesses that are making a positive impact in our community.
Today, we proudly stand with our partners as we work to create a better nation. A nation where everyone, regardless of the color of their skin or where they were born, will be treated equally and be able to pursue their dreams.  We mourn for these beautiful lives that were taken way too soon, but we must never forget and never stay silent.
In Solidarity,
Board and Staff of EGBI

Mata el tiempo haciendo estas 10 cosas durante la cuarentena

  1. Comunícate con un amigo o amiga que no hayas contactado en una semana
  2. Llena tu encuesta anual de EGBI así Barbra dejara de estresarse.
  3. Ayuda a dar forma al futuro de tu comunidad. Llenando el Censo.
  4. Publica algo en las redes sociales de tu empresa.
  5. No se te olvide estirarte 30 segundos al día.
  6. Organiza tu Cajón de baratijas o basura
  7. Agrega algo positivo en tus redes sociales personales
  8. Da una caminata a alrededor de la cuadra y respira aire fresco.
  9. Revisa la página de EGBI sobre recursos para COVID-19
  10. Limpia tu armario y prepárate con un nuevo estilo para cuando esto termine.

Top 10 list to do while Quarantined

  1. Reach out to a friend you haven’t contacted in a week.
  2. Fill out your EGBI annual survey so Barbra can stop stressing.
  3. Help shape your community’s future. Fill out the Census.
  4. Post something on your company’s social media accounts.
  5. Don’t forget to stretch at 30 seconds a day.
  6. Organize your junk drawer.
  7. Add something positive on your personal social media accounts.
  8. Take a walk around the block and get some fresh air.
  9. Review the EGBI’s COVID-19 Resource page.
  10. Clean out your closet and be ready with a fresh new look for when this is over.

Telecommuting Resources

Due to the current unprecedented events, many of us have been forced to move our work remotely or adjust to a new way of communicating from our homes. Now the questions is, where do I even start? Here is a quick go to list to begin.

DropBox  Bring your files and cloud content together with the tools your team wants to use.

Free Conference Call provides HD audio conferencing, screen sharing and video conferencing with up to 1000 participants. Sign up for a free account.

Google Free access to Hangouts Meet, which allows up to 250 participants and live streaming up to 100,000 viewers per domain, and G-suite until July 1, 2020 .

Jamm Free platform for voice and video collaboration for teams working remotely (integrates with Slack) .

Loom Video recording and sharing service offering boosts to free service plan, discounted prices on LoomPro, and free access for educational institutions through July 1, 2020 . There is no recording limit until July 1, 2020.

Microsoft 365Free 6 month trial of Microsoft 365 E1, with web-based Office apps and business services including email, file storage and sharing, meetings, and instant messaging 

Webex– Video Conferencing, Online Meetings and Screen Share 

Zoom  Online video and web conferencing platform .