Meet EGBI Client – Luis Salinas

Luis Salinas is the owner of 24hr Passports and Visa Services. Born and raised in Austin, he graduated from St Edwards University with a degree in Business Administration in May 2021. He started his passport expediting business in April 2022 and has been in business for over 7 months. Luis says EGBI has been instrumental in his business’ success and has helped him every step of the way.

Do you mind telling us a fun fact about yourself?

I started my first business when I was 8 yrs old. I sold glow sticks and toys to kids at events where my mom was the photographer.

How did you first get involved with EGBI?

I got involved with EGBI through a friend’s recommendation, who was also a business owner. He told me how much of a positive influence EGBI has had on his business and convinced me to check it out.

Why is it important to support organizations such as EGBI?

It’s important to support organizations like EGBI because they support the wellbeing of our community, as well as foster economic growth and advancement.

How has your involvement with EGBI helped you grow professionally and personally?

My involvement with EGBI gave me the confidence to start my business and take a leap of faith. Thanks to them, I finally got the ball rolling.

Why is it important to learn information in your primary language?

Spanish is my first language and I believe it’s very important to embrace your roots. I was born in the U.S. and have lived here my entire life, but my parents are originally from Mexico. They would only allow me to speak Spanish at home and instilled a very deep sense of pride for my Mexican heritage. That is why I embrace learning in Spanish, and why I continue to develop my ability to communicate with others that share the same language.

Want to get involved too? Contact us to find out how you can volunteer or donate.

Meet EGBI Clients – Owners Of Natural Healing Wellness Co.

By Marisol Klauer

Christina worked in Social Work for more than a decade and earned a Master of Science from UT-Austin. Christina then went on to work for the next decade serving the mentally ill population in various agencies in Austin.  Though she thoroughly enjoyed supporting her clients and empowering their agency for change, she felt she needed to transition to living her dharma by teaching various aspects of Spirituality. During this time, Christina began to experience a spiritual awakening that transformed her view of the world and her role in it. Christina enjoys spending time in nature so you can find her on the hiking trails in Austin.

Aaron Gobert is also a University of Texas-Austin Alumni, who previously worked as an Audio Engineer with his own record company, “ATX Recording”. Aaron later pursued a career in the medical industry and worked for various agencies in the Austin area. During this time, Aaron began to educate himself about the Alkaline lifestyle and its benefits. Aaron went on to share this valuable information with Christina and they founded Natural Healing Wellness Co. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys educating others about genetics and human history.

Do you mind telling us a fun fact about yourself?

My husband and I are both University of Texas Alumni.

How did you first get involved with EGBI?

I attended one of Monica’s Marketing classes online first. Then I started coaching with her and took the 90 day goals course later.

Why is it important to support organizations such as EGBI?

I love the work that EGBI is doing to support small businesses in Austin. Starting a business is a challenging task, but it is nice to know I can call Monica or Joni to point me in the right direction.

How has EGBI helped you grow professionally and personally?

EGBI has helped me to step out of comfort zone in advertising my business and reaching my goals.

I especially loved the 90 day goal course. Though I did not reach all my goals, I was able to create some serious momentum that propelled my business forward, in a way I may not have accomplished on my own.

Want to get involved too? Contact us to find out how you can volunteer or donate.

Meet EGBI’s Summer Program Intern- Aamir Kutianawala

By Alison Flangel

Meet Aamir Kutianawala, a summer program intern at EGBI. Aamir has been working with EGBI for the summer. He is a rising junior at Westwood High School and would like to go more into business/marketing as he progresses with his education. Outside of school and EGBI, Aamir is part of his school’s debate team, robotics team, DECA team, and various others as well. He loves playing and watching sports in his free time, and has also been pursuing guitar on the side!

Aamir shares his experience as a volunteer with EGBI and how you can get involved too.

To get started, would you mind telling us a fun fact about yourself?

I have been learning to play the guitar for 3 years.

How have you been involved with EGBI?

I have been working on a variety of tasks, but mainly help clients/business owners with finances and marketing. I also provide broad support by making lectures for entire groups of clients, along with helping to complete any general tasks.

Why do you think it is important to volunteer at EGBI?

I think it’s important to work with EGBI to support disadvantaged business owners, and help bridge the gap with underrepresented groups in business.

What has your favorite experience with EGBI been so far?

My favorite experience has been taking and editing pictures for a client’s Etsy shop.

“EGBI helps you make a difference in the community.”– Aamir Kutianawala

In 2021, EGBI volunteers put in more than 130 hours to help EGBI support and serve over 400 small businesses. Volunteers like Ken make this possible and continue to help EGBI pursue their mission of training, coaching, and supporting aspiring and existing business owners who face barriers to growing a successful business.

Want to get involved too? Contact us to find out how you can volunteer or donate.

Meet EGBI’s Summer Program Intern- Shamitha Ramanan

By Alison Flangel

Hi! My name is Shamitha and I have been with EGBI for a month now and it has been an enriching experience. I am an incoming senior at Westwood High School, and as my education progresses, I hope to pursue a degree in finance or management. Outside of EGBI, I am in my school’s orchestra, Academy Ambassador program, GenShe, and several other clubs and honor societies.

Shamitha shares her experience as an intern with EGBI and how you can get involved too.

To get started, would you mind telling us a fun fact about yourself?

A fun fact about me is that I grew up mainly in London, England, and California.

How have you been involved with EGBI?

I mainly do research and analysis for clients’ businesses to see where they can improve financially. I’ve also recently worked on importing and exporting goods, bookkeeping, and more.

Why do you think it is important to volunteer at EGBI?

EGBI allows you to connect with people from all kinds of different backgrounds and changes your perspective on business and the world around you.

What has your favorite experience with EGBI been so far?

My favorite experience has been attending the 90 Days business workshop. I’ve been able to connect with a lot of different people and learn about their businesses and inspirations. I’ve also had the opportunity to meet with them one-on-one to help expand their businesses.  

“EGBI provides you the opportunity to learn new skills, communicate, and network.” – Shamitha Ramanan

In 2021, EGBI volunteers put in more than 130 hours to help EGBI support and serve over 400 small businesses. Volunteers like Ken make this possible and continue to help EGBI pursue their mission of training, coaching, and supporting aspiring and existing business owners who face barriers to growing a successful business.

Want to get involved too? Contact us to find out how you can volunteer or donate.

Meet EGBI’s Supporter- Rosemary Banda

By Alison Flangel

Rosemary is a native Austinite, born and raised in East Austin. She is the giving coordinator at Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and her role goes well with her passion and desire to make the world a better place. She works in the philanthropy department and handles the monetary donation process for all national giving and assists nonprofits with their support they provide in the community. Rosemary completed the Hispanic Austin Leader program in 2009 and Leadership Austin in 2020. She is a former board member of the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and GAHCC Foundation board of directors and has held various leadership roles in
the Hispanic Austin Leadership program. In 2015, she received the GAHCC Chairs Award; in 2016, she received the TAMACC Women of Distinction award; in 2019 she received the HAL Alumni of the Year award; the HABLA Outstanding Community Leader Award in 2020 and Con Mi Madre Mariposa Award in 2022. She is a past advisory board member of the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center Advisory Board, appointed by Mayor Pro Tem Delia Garza and a past committee member of Somos Austin. In her spare time, she enjoys day
trips and spending time with her family, especially her young grandson.

Rosemary Banda shares her experience as an EGBI supporter.

To get started, do you mind telling us a fun fact about yourself?
Native Austinite and have lived in Austin all my life. I love to coordinate gatherings where women can come together and mingle and socialize and leave behind their day to day tasks for just a little while. It’s important to build each other up and just share sometime together.

How did you first get involved with EGBI?
I first heard about EGBI in 2008 when they presented at the Hispanic Austin Leadership class. My HAL classmate Barbra Boeta, went on to become Executive Director and it was a great opportunity to learn more about EGBI and become a wholehearted supporter.

Why is it important to support organizations such as EGBI?
EGBI is important to small companies and entrepreneurs to get the training and coaching to start up their business and keep thriving. Offering their services in Spanish is a must for the Hispanic community.

How has your involvement with EGBI helped you grow professionally and personally?
As giving coordinator, it’s important to me to support organizations that provide a great service to the committee. Seeing the members of EGBI and how they are thriving, reassures me of my commitment to EGBI.

In 2021, EGBI supporters help EGBI pursue their mission of training, coaching, and supporting aspiring and existing business owners who face barriers to growing a successful business.

Want to get involved too? Contact us to find out how you can volunteer or donate.

Meet EGBI’s Volunteer- Luz Gonzalez

By Alison Flangel

Luz Gonzalez is a Premier Online Business Strategy Expert, International Speaker, CEO and Co- Founder of IndustryIkon.com, and works with service-based small business owners and experts (coaches/ consultants/authors/speakers) to convert their online presence to a client attraction machine. Luz has a B.A. and J.D. from U.C. Berkeley, over a decade of experience with online branding strategy having presented around the US on the topic, was an International Human Rights Lawyer, has spoken at well-established institutions such as McKinsey & Company, UC Berkeley, Stanford, etc., led online branding strategy for over 4 years with companies in Silicon Valley. Luz has a unique take on high ticket branding & marketing incorporating behavioral economics, neuroscience, and evidence-based strategies.

Luz Gonzalez shares her experience as a volunteer of EGBI.

To get started, do you mind telling us a fun fact about yourself?
I used to be an international human rights lawyer, but found that digital marketing work is much
more impactful than a lot of the work I did in the legal space.

How did you first get involved with EGBI?

I first heard about EGBI from someone on the board who said I should reach out. He mentioned how EBGI supported Latino entrepreneurial communities, and as a Latina who sees how often my community does not have access to the digital marketing resources many other business owners have, I knew I wanted to be part of their mission. 

Why do you feel that it’s important to give your time volunteering with EGBI?

There are a number of organizations that support businesses at the $1M level, but I find that the work supporting entrepreneurs who have yet to reach the first million-dollar and revenue is some of the most impactful work. I find that the work that EGBI does fills really important gaps, and I would love EGBI to be able to support Latino Entrepreneurs around the country since I haven’t seen a program that is so comprehensive, accessible and affordable, that really changes lives. I am so proud to volunteer with EGBI!

What has been the most beneficial part of volunteering for you? How has your involvement with EGBI helped you grow professionally and personally?

Volunteering with EGBI has been absolutely wonderful. Every time that I get to work on digital marketing with the entrepreneurs in the room it’s a reminder of how important this work is and how it really changes lives. It’s been an incredible opportunity to get to know a staff and to get to know the people that are touched every day by the powerful work that EGBI does. Being able to support the EBGI students relights a fire in my belly each time, and reminds me how powerful digital marketing can be in changing lives for people who previously didn’t have access to this knowledge.

In 2021, EGBI volunteers put in more than 130 hours to help EGBI support and serve over 400 small businesses. Volunteers like Luz make this possible and continue to help EGBI pursue their mission of training, coaching, and supporting aspiring and existing business owners who face barriers to growing a successful business.

Want to get involved too? Contact us to find out how you can volunteer or donate.

CONOZCA A LA VOLUNTARIA DE EGBI – LUZ GONZALEZ

De Alison Flangel

Luz González es experta en estrategia de negocios en línea de primer nivel, oradora
internacional, directora ejecutiva y cofundadora de IndustryIkon.com, y trabaja con
propietarios y expertos de pequeñas empresas basadas en servicios
(entrenadores/consultores/autores/oradores) para convertir su presencia en línea
en una máquina de atracción de clientes. Luz tiene un B.A. y J.D. de la U.C. Berkeley,
con más de una década de experiencia con la estrategia de marca en línea y
habiendo realizado presentaciones sobre el tema alrededor de los EE. UU., fue un
abogado internacional de derechos humanos, ha hablado en instituciones bien
establecidas como McKinsey & Company, UC Berkeley, Stanford, etc., dirigido en
línea estrategia de marcada durante más de 4 años con empresas de Silicon Valley.
Luz tiene una visión única de la marca y el marketing que incorpora economía
conductual, neurociencia y estrategias basadas en evidencia.


Luz González comparte su experiencia como voluntaria de EGBI.

Para empezar, ¿te importaría contarnos un dato curioso sobre ti?
Solía ser abogado internacional de derechos humanos, pero descubrí que el trabajo
de marketing digital es mucho más impactante que mucho del trabajo que hice en
el espacio legal.


¿Cómo se involucró por primera vez con EGBI?
La primera vez que escuché sobre EGBI fue un miembro de la junta que dijo que
debería contactarme. Mencionó cómo EBGI apoyó a las comunidades
emprendedoras latinas y, como latina que ve con qué frecuencia mi comunidad no
tiene acceso a los recursos de marketing digital que tienen muchos otros dueños
de negocios, sabía que quería ser parte de su misión.


¿Por qué cree que es importante dedicar su tiempo al voluntariado con EGBI?
Hay una serie de organizaciones que apoyan a las empresas en el nivel de $1
millón, pero creo que el trabajo de apoyo a los empresarios que aún tienen que
alcanzar el primer millón es uno de los trabajos más impactantes. Encuentro que el
trabajo que hace EGBI llena vacíos importantes, y me encantaría que EGBI pudiera
apoyar a los empresarios latinos en todo el país, ya que no he visto un programa
que sea tan completo, accesible y asequible, que realmente cambia vidas. ¡Estoy
muy orgulloso de ser voluntario con EGBI!

¿Cuál ha sido la parte más beneficiosa del voluntariado para ti? ¿Cómo te ha ayudado tu participación en EGBI a crecer profesional y personalmente?
Ser voluntario con EGBI ha sido absolutamente maravilloso. Cada vez que me
pongo a trabajar en marketing digital con los emprendedores, es un recordatorio
de lo importante que es este trabajo y cómo realmente cambia vidas. Ha sido una
oportunidad increíble para conocer a un personal y conocer a las personas que se
conmueven todos los días por el trabajo poderoso que realiza EGBI. Ser capaz de
apoyar a los estudiantes de EBGI es mi pasión ardiente y me recuerda cuán
poderoso puede ser el marketing digital para cambiar la vida de las personas que
anteriormente no tenían acceso a este conocimiento.
En 2021, los voluntarios de EGBI dedicaron más de 130 horas para ayudar a EGBI a
apoyar y servir a más de 400 pequeñas empresas. Voluntarios como Luz hacen que
esto sea posible y continúan ayudando a EGBI a cumplir su misión de capacitar,
asesorar y apoyar a los propietarios de negocios existentes y aspirantes que
enfrentan barreras para hacer crecer un negocio exitoso.

Traducido al español por Lauren Bruce. Para leer el artículo en inglés, haga clic aquí.

CONOCE A NUESTRA CLIENTE Y SEGUIDORA DE- CHRISTINA PAZ

Por Alison Flangel

Lograr un sueño mientras provees sueldos dignos es la fuerza que motiva a la propietaria de Siller Preferred Services, Christina Paz. Al crecer en el centro de Texas con sus seis hermanos, Paz veía a su mamá luchar como trabajadora migrante para lograr sus obligaciones mensuales, a menudo dependiendo de servicios sociales y asistencia gubernamental. Queriendo romper el ciclo de pobreza, Paz soñaba con un futuro de estabilidad. Mientras vivía en Minnesota, trabajó para una agencia de empleo. Ascendiendo de recepcionista a gerente regional, se dio cuenta que podría ayudar a individuos, como su madre a proveer por sus familias con un trabajo honesto. El hecho de mudarse de nuevo a Texas impulsó a Paz a la apertura de su agencia de empleos en 2014. Actualmente Siller ofrece sueldos dignos a más de 200 individuos de todo Austin. Madre de tres hijos, Paz reafirma la importancia del trabajo duro y de ayudar a tu comunidad. Ella es miembro activo en su iglesia y disfruta el pilates.


Christina Paz comparte su experiencia como cliente y como seguidora de EGBI.

Christina Paz


Para comenzar, ¿Te importaría decirnos un dato curioso sobre ti?
Dentro de la comunidad de EGBI, soy conocida como la persona que sacó de su oficina a Al Lopez el Director Ejecutivo anterior de EGBI.


¿Por qué apoyas a EGBI?
Conocí a Al Lopez y a Barbra Boeta en 2014 cuando recién empecé a abrir mi negocio. Mi abogada Ana es quien me presento y así fue donde todo comenzó. EGBI cultiva una cultura donde a los emprendedores se les construye dando atención a los detalles. Los servicios que recibí no son fáciles de encontrar y cuando algo es muy raro se le cuida y protege. Por todas estas razones decidí apoyar, como una forma de regresar y
contribuir a otros.


¿Por qué es importante apoyar a EGBI?
Como persona que tomó cursos a través de EGBI, he creado una relación con el personal que es increíblemente única. La orientación personal que me dieron los mentores me ayudó a entender temas que no había experimentado como propietaria de negocio. Nadie me hizo sentir poco inteligente solo porque no sabia algo, todos fueron muy comprensivos durante el proceso.


¿Por qué decidiste apoyar a EGBI en Celebrando el Éxito? Celebrating Success?
Igual a lo anteriormente mencionado, escogí apoyar a esta organización por la extraordinaria experiencia que tengo con ella. He presenciado la pasión que está arraigada en lo que EGBI ofrece. Aún existe una relación donde las personas se mantienen en contacto conmigo, existen áreas que aun no entiendo y ellos sí. Continuó apoyando por el apoyo que me dieron como emprendedora.

¿Cómo te ha ayudado EGBI a ti y a tu negocio?
Creo que lo más importante que he aprendido en EGBI han sido las partes organizacionales de abrir un negocio. EGBI te enseña todo lo que necesitas saber desde la etiqueta de socios comerciales, los acuerdos y los contratos. Encima de todo eso, EGBI me dio el apoyo que necesite durante tiempos difíciles el cual no creo que lo hubiera obtenido en ningún otro lugar.


En 2021, los seguidores como Christina ayudaron a EGBI a lograr su misión de entrenar,
asesorar y apoyar a aspirantes y propietarios de negocios ya existentes quienes enfrentan
barreras para hacer crecer un negocio exitoso.

Traducido al español por Diana Ariza. Para leer el artículo en inglés, haga clic aquí.

CONOCE A NUESTRA CLIENTA DE EGBI -MARGARITA FOSS

Por Alison Flangel

Soy Margarita Foss, una experta en el manejo y control de las emociones personales y en la construcción y mantenimiento de una autoestima positiva. Nací colombiana, vivo en Austin, Texas. Una esposa feliz y madre de dos increíbles niños, Jaime y Daniela. Ahora he dedicado mi vida a guiar a mujeres hispanas quienes ya han logrado obtener éxito, comenzado una familia y que sienten que “lo tienen todo”, pero dentro de sí, sus pensamientos no les permiten ser felices, se sienten incapaces de superar un pasado desagradable. Ayudo a latinas que han hecho mucho por otros que hasta se han olvidado de sí mismas; alcanzando un punto en su vida donde dicen “!Ahora es mi turno!” Paso a paso les ayudo a que se vuelvan mujeres mentalmente fuertes en control de sus emociones; obteniendo una vida mucho más productiva, plena y feliz.


Desde el momento de mi temprana edad cuando personalmente sufrí abuso emocional he trabajado diligentemente para sobrellevar el dolor y la pena. El aprender inglés me dio la habilidad de aprender de muchos expertos en el área de superación personal, salud emocional y desarrollo espiritual. Estudié, escuche podcasts, atendí a seminarios y talleres; obteniendo certificaciones y acreditaciones y he creado una profesión a medida que toma todo lo que ha aprendido y lo adapta y confecciona para la comunidad de mujeres hispanas. Recientemente he creado The Empowered Latina Academy (ELA por sus siglas en inglés), un programa en línea que enseña que vivir sin ningún cargo emocional puede hacerte una mujer más feliz e inspirada, viviendo una
vida más productiva y abundante.


Margarita Foss comparte su experiencia como clienta EGBI.

Magarita Foss


¿Te importaría decirnos un dato gracioso sobre ti?
Desde antes de convertirme en dentista hace más de 25 años en Colombia, he odiado dar presentaciones. Odiaba hablar en público. No me gustaba hablar en frente de mis compañeros de clase. Me ponía muy nerviosa hasta el punto de que se me revolvía el estómago. Pero de una o de otra forma pareciera que siempre hacía un buen trabajo.

De hecho, fui invitada varias veces para hablar de higiene oral en estaciones de radio locales de mi ciudad natal así como también en pequeñas villas rurales de Colombia. Conforme el tiempo pasaba me mudé a los Estados Unidos hace 17 años. Fui a la escuela de higienistas dentales y de nuevo me encontré dando presentaciones a mis compañeros en la escuela. Después de graduarme en cada trabajo que he tenido en consultorios dentales se me requiere que informe y eduque a la gente, individualmente y en grupos, sobre salud e higiene bucal. Doy presentaciones a mis pacientes, en escuelas, asilos de ancianos y otros. Los últimos años de mi carrera dental terminé enseñando higiene oral en una orientación de nuevos empleados de una institución con pacientes con necesidades especiales. Pero aun así, el hablar en público y ahora en inglés era algo que realmente no disfrutaba en absoluto. Sin embargo un día noté que la gente se quedaba después de clases para hacerme preguntas y ESE fue el momento en el que me di cuenta que enseñar era algo en lo que realmente era buena
haciéndolo y comencé a enamorarme de hablar en público.


¿Cómo fue que te involucraste primero en EGBI?
Hace dos años estaba buscando una organización que me pudiera ayudar a aprender a como iniciar mi negocio, Life Coaching for Latinas. Encontré EGBI y tuve la oportunidad de tomar los talleres que ofrecía en ese entonces. Más tarde, como coordinadora de Miércoles Profesional de Amhiga Hispana (organización sin fin de lucro), tuve la oportunidad de conectarme con Mónica Peña y me habló más sobre la organización. Siento que como mujeres propietarias de pequeñas empresas, somos muy bendecidas al tener la oportunidad de trabajar con EGBI y aprender las habilidades que son necesarias para tener éxito.


¿Por qué es importante apoyar organizaciones tales como EGBI?
Como emprendedora latina se de primera mano los problemas que conlleva el establecer un negocio y, honestamente, al menos que tengas una guía de expertos tales como los que encuentres en EGBI, puede llevarte años para tener éxito. Así que por qué tratar de construir algo desde abajo en un área donde no tienes idea, ni experiencia y gastas tiempo, dinero y esfuerzo cuando puedes contar con asistencia experta como EGBI. Como el proverbio Africano que dice “Si quieres ir de prisa, ve solo. Si quieren llegar lejos ve acompañado”. Al decir esto, el apoyo de las organizaciones como EGBI son muy importantes para dueños de negocios que están
luchando para construir un negocio de éxito. ¡Juntos llegaremos lejos!


¿Cómo te ha ayudado el involucrarte con EGBI a crecer profesionalmente y
personalmente?

El primer día EGBI comenzó a ayudarme a ser más organizada, a hacer mi tiempo más productivo y lo más importante a construir mi propio poder para mantenerme enfocada en las cosas importantes de mi empresa. Me ofrecieron “las herramientas” organizacionales indispensables para cualquier negocio. Trabajando con EGBI he tenido la oportunidad de conocer gente increíble que trae a mi vida la experiencia y conocimiento de construir un pequeño negocio, algo que valoro inmensamente.


“No hay duda que mi empresa se está moviendo al siguiente nivel mucho más rápido que si no hubiera sido por el apoyo de EGBI.”


En 2021, los voluntarios de EGBI pusieron más de 130 horas para ayudar a EGBI
a ayudar y servir a más de 400 pequeñas empresas. Los voluntarios ayudan a
EGBI a lograr su misión de entrenamiento, consejería y apoyo a aspirantes y a
propietarios de negocios existentes que enfrentan barreras al hacer crecer una
empresa exitosa.

Traducido al español por Diana Ariza. Para leer el artículo en inglés, haga clic aquí.

Meet EGBI’s CLient and Supporter- Christina Paz

By Alison Flangel

Fulfilling a dream while providing livable wages is the driving force behind Christina Paz, owner of Siller Preferred Services. Growing up in South Texas with her six siblings, Paz watched her mom struggle to meet her monthly obligations as a migrant worker, often relying on social services and government assistance. Wanting to break the cycle of poverty, Paz dreamed of a future of stability. While living in Minnesota, she worked for an employment agency. Working her way up from receptionist to regional manager, she realized how she could help individuals, like her mother, provide for their families with honest work. Moving back to Texas prompted Paz to open her employment agency in 2014. Today, Siller provides over 200 individuals throughout Austin with livable wages. A mom of three, Paz stresses the importance of hard work and giving back to your community. She is an active member of her church and enjoys Pilates.

Christina Paz shares her experience as a client and supporter of EGBI.

To get started, would you mind telling us a fun fact about yourself?
Within the EGBI community, I am known as the person who kicked Al Lopez, the previous Executive Director of EGBI, out of his office.

Why do you support EGBI?
I met Al Lopez and Barbra Boeta in 2014 when I had just opened my business. My attorney Ana is the one who introduced me, and that is where everything started.

EGBI cultivates a culture where entrepreneurs are built up with attention to detail. The services that I received are not easy to find, and when something is very rare you take care of it and protect it. For all of these reasons, I chose to support, as a way to give back and contribute to others.

Why is it important to support EGBI?
As an individual who took courses through EGBI, I created a relationship with the staff that was incredibly unique. The one-on-one guidance given to me by mentors helped me understand topics I did not have experience with as a business owner. Nobody made me feel unintelligent just because I didn’t know something, everyone was very understanding through the process.

Why did you decide to support EGBI for Celebrating Success?
Similar to above, I chose to support this organization because of the amazing experience that I have with it. I have witnessed the passion that is ingrained into what EGBI offers. There is still a relationship where people will check-up on me, there are areas that I still don’t have knowledge in and they do. I continue supporting because of the support that I was given as an entrepreneur.

How has EGBI helped you and your business?
I think that one of the most important things I learned at EGBI were the organizational parts of opening a business. EGBI teaches you everything you need to know from business partner etiquette, agreements, and contracts. Above all else, EGBI gave me the support I needed during hard times which I don’t think I would’ve gotten anywhere else.

In 2021, EGBI supporters like Christina help EGBI pursue their mission of training, coaching, and supporting aspiring and existing business owners who face barriers to growing a successful business.

Want to get involved too? Contact us to find out how you can volunteer or donate.