Client Conversation with Method Hair

Centrally located in the vibrant Saltillo Lofts, Method.Hair has assembled a team of some of Austin’s most eclectic, seasoned stylists in an effort to offer every client a fashion-forward and high quality experience. Known for its award-winning team of cut and color specialists, Method.Hair has become one of the most sought-after salons since its inception in July of 2006.

We were proud to have a conversation with Sarah Statham of Method.Hair about their entrepreneur journey, challenges during COVID-19, how EGBI has assisted them through coaching, and how she has beenfited from EGBI’s bookkeeping services. We were joined by Christopher Rios of Texas Capital Bank. With the help of Texas Capital Bank, we were able to start our bookkeeping services.

Interview with Sarah Statham of Method.Hair below.

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.

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.

Celebrating 15 years of success: napegados

Learn how to promote your business to Spanish speaking consumers.

Celebrating success is our annual event, and we celebrate the achievements of our clients and their impact on the local economy. This year will be a special year for us as we celebrate our 15th anniversary with our vision that all businesses should be profitable, sustainable and assets to the community. We have been interviewing a client each week to share their success stories, with a total of 15 businesses. Veronica Trevisan is our last story as our event is this Friday!

Veronica Trevisan is owner of Napegados, a strategist with a proven special method to help Spanish speaking small business owners use social media and online tools. Her company also assist company’s wanting to reach Spanish speaking consumers, communicate with culturally relevant campaigns.

Below is a Question & Answer we recently had with Veronica Trevisan.

Q: How has your career added value to your life? To the community around you?

A: I am independent of my own schedule. I can negotiate a contract and make my own decision. I teach my clients step by step through online videos that are practical.

Q: How long have you been working with EGBI and how have they helped you?

A: I have been working with EGBI since 2011. I graduated from the EGBI business workshop series. I learned from Barbra and other experts. Also, I was encouraged to network with other great resources like the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce by Monica. I could get 1-year free membership from one of the chamber that support EGBI in their efforts. EGBI is always open to set up the appointments and help plan each business idea together.

Q: Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

A: I like to commute around the city with my green electric bike in my free time. I enjoy the weather in Austin. On my bike I am able to find beautiful places close to my home where I may never have realized was there in my car.

Q: What accomplishment are you most proud of?

A: My clients have a huge barrier to learn things in English. I train and teach clients in Spanish to remove language barriers for them. I solve the problem of their marketing problems and use technology to manage their business. Many of my clients have become my friends.

Veronica Trevisan is the last of the 15 clients we have shared stories about each week leading up to our 15 year celebration. If you would like to further encourage these businesses, think about using the products and services of our alumni. To do so, visit our CLIENT BUSINESS DIRECTORY.

Celebrating Success Luncheon is this Friday, September 6th, 2019. We are happy to announce it is SOLD OUT! If you have already reserved your seat and need more information about the event, please visit HERE.

Celebrating 15 years of success: mtz brothers

Providing a professional painting and full remodeling experience.

Celebrating Success is our annual event, we applaud our clients’ achievements and their impact on the local economy. This year will be extra special as we celebrate our 15 year anniversary of our clients fulfilling our vision that all businesses should be profitable, sustainable, and an asset to the community. Leading to our big commemoration we have been interviewing a client each week to share their success story, with a total of 15 clients. Previously we featured Miranda Melendez.

Ramiro Martinez is co owner of MTZ Brothers Painting. His company provides high level of expertise, service, and professionalism that differentiate them from every other painting, drywall and remodeling company in the area.

Below is a Question & Answer we recently had with Ramiro Martinez.

Q: How has your career added value to your life? To the community around you?

A: The main value my career added to my business is that as a business owner I need to wear different hats at the same time. It also allows me the freedom to spend valuable time with my family. I also have been able to help other members of my family; like my niece to whom I gave a laptop as a present. With that tool, she could improve her grades at school.

Q: How long have you been working with EGBI and how have they helped you?

A: I have worked with EGBI since 2015. EGBI helped me to find alternatives and options on how to run a small family business company.

Q: What accomplishment are you most proud of?

A: The fact that I started my company in the last economic recession and since then we never stopped working has been one of my biggest accomplishments.  We are A+ with the Better Business Bureau. Thanks to our customers, most of them repetitive, we could evolve. Nowadays we not only provide painting and drywall, but full bathroom and kitchen remodeling plus decks, as well.

Q: What is your greatest wish?

A: Providing our services nationwide is my greatest wish.

Ramiro Martinez is the 14th of the 15 clients we have shared stories about leading up to our 15 year celebration. Please continue to follow us to read more about the businesses we serve. If you would like to further help these businesses and others we serve, consider using the products and services of our alumni. To do so, visit our CLIENT BUSINESS DIRECTORY.  

Celebrating Success Luncheon is two weeks away, on September 6th, 2019. You will not want to miss! If you are interested in attending, reserving a table, or sponsoring our annual event, please contact Monica Peña at monica@egbi.org and 512-928-2594 . More information about the event HERE.