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.

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.

Meet EGBI’s CLient- Margarita Foss

By Alison Flangel

I am, Margrita Foss, an expert in the management and control of personal emotions and the building and maintaining of positive self-esteem. I am born Colombian, living in Austin, Texas, a happy wife and mother of two incredible children, Jaime and Daniela. I have now dedicated my life to guiding Hispanic women who may have already achieved success, started a family, and feel that they “have it all”, but inside, their thoughts do not allow them to be happy, feeling unable to overcome an unpleasant past. I help Latinas who have done so much for others that they have forgotten themselves; reaching a point in their lives where they say: “Now it’s my turn!”. Step by step, I help them become mentally strong women in control of their emotions; obtaining a more productive, fulfilling and happy life.

From the point in my earlier life when I personally suffered emotional abuse, I have worked diligently to rise above the pain and sadness. Learning English provided me with the ability to learn from many of the experts in the areas of mental self-improvement, emotional healing, and spiritual development. I studied, listened to podcasts, attended seminars and workshops, obtained certifications and accreditations and custom built a profession that takes all that I have learned and adapted and tailored it for the Hispanic women community. Recently I have created The Empowered Latina Academy (ELA), an online program that teaches that living without emotional burden can make you a happier and inspired woman, living a more productive and abundant life.

Margarita Foss shares her experience as an EGBI client.


Do you mind telling us a fun fact about yourself?
Since even before becoming a Dentist more than 25 years ago in Colombia, I have hated to give presentations. I hated to speak in public. I disliked getting in front of my classmates. I would get extremely nervous and it would make me sick to my stomach. But somehow I always seemed to do a pretty good job of it. In fact, I was invited several times to teach oral health on local radio stations in my home city and also in small rural villages in Colombia. As time went by, I moved to the States 17 years ago, I went to Dental Hygienist School and again I found myself giving presentations to my classmates in the school. After graduating, every single job I have had in Dental Offices has required me to inform and educate people, individually and in groups on oral health and hygiene. I present to my patients, in schools, nursing homes and more. The last several years in my dental career I ended up teaching Oral Hygiene in the orientation for new employees for an institution with patients with special needs. But still, public speaking and now in English, was something that I didn’t enjoy at all. However, one day I noticed that people were staying after classes to ask questions, and THAT was the moment I realized that teaching was something that I’m pretty good at, and I started falling in love with public speaking.

How did you first get involved with EGBI?
A couple years ago I was searching for an organization that could help me learn how to start my new business, Life Coaching for Latinas. I found EGBI and had the opportunity to take one of the workshops offered at that time. Later, as a coordinator of Miercoles Professional Amhiga Hispana (Nonprofit Organization), I had the opportunity to connect with Monica Peña and she told me more about the organization. I feel that we, as women-owned small businesses, are so blessed to have the opportunity to work with EGBI and learn the skills that are necessary to succeed.

Why is it important to support organizations such as EGBI?
As a Latina entrepreneur I know first hand the struggles involved in setting up a business and honestly, unless you have the guidance of experts like the ones I found at EGBI, it can take you years to succeed. So, why try to build something from scratch in an area where you have no clue, no experience, and waste the time, money and effort when you can count on expert assistance like EGBI. As the African proverb says “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Saying this, the support of organizations like EGBI is so important for business owners who are struggling to build a successful business. Together we will go far together!

How has your involvement with EGBI helped you grow professionally and personally?
Day one, EGBI started helping me to become more organized, to use my time more productively, and most importantly to build my own power of staying focused on the important parts of building the business. They provided me with the organizational “tools” indispensable for any business.
Working with EGBI I have had the opportunity to meet incredible people that bring to my life the experience and knowledge of building a small business, something I value immensely.

There is no doubt that my business is moving to the next level much faster than if I wouldn’t have had the support of EGBI.

In 2021, EGBI volunteers put in more than 130 hours to help EGBI support and serve over 400 small businesses. Volunteers 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- Jeremiah Bentley

By Alison Flangel

Jeremiah Bentley is the vice president of Marketing & Community Affairs at Texas Mutual Insurance Company, the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance. He oversees the company’s marketing, public relations, advertising, community relations, digital media and customer outreach efforts. Jeremiah is on the board of directors for the Greater of Austin Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Austin, United Way for Greater Austin, the Austin Ed Fund and the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He also serves in a variety of other roles in community organizations throughout the Austin area. Jeremiah is a member of the Austin Area Research Organization and is a 2015 graduate of the Leadership Austin Essentials program. Jeremiah lives in northwest Austin with his wife Brandy and two young boys. He’s active in the local elementary school, local soccer community and at Bethany United Methodist Church. He’s a graduate of the University of Texas-Arlington with a BS in University Studies.

Jeremiah Bentley shares his experience as a supporter of EGBI.

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

During the day, I’m the vice president of marketing & community affairs for Texas Mutual Insurance Company. Outside of work, my passion is soccer. I’m the co-host of Moontower Soccer, Austin’s most popular podcast. We put out a new episode every Tuesday covering the week’s match, discussing team news and interviewing players & front office personnel.

Why should people consider supporting or volunteering with EGBI?

EGBI fills an important niche in Austin in a very unique way. There’s no other organization that I can think of that provides such meaningful direct support for entrepreneurs and small business owners. The coaching services provided by EGBI volunteers have enabled countless businesses to grow and thrive, allowing Central Texans the opportunity to create a better life for themselves and their families. It seems like there’s no more rewarding work or volunteering opportunity than to help people realize the dreams that they have for themselves and help client unlock their human potential.

Why do you think it is important to support our Celebrating Success event?

The Celebrating Success event is one we’ve been involved with for a few years. The event exposes people who may not know about EGBI to the work of the organization. We’ve brought community partners and employees to the event in the past who had never heard of EGBI. But, once they saw the stories and understood EGBI’s work, they left inspired. It’s also important for the clients to see the success of others. Sometimes, when someone is struggling to build a business, they may feel like they’re alone. Events like this expose people to the real opportunities and potential out there.

Why is it important for people to support organizations like EGBI?

Organizations like EGBI are important because they create opportunities for individuals and help grow the economy of Texas. Small business is the lifeblood of our economy and every business starts with a person and an idea. Providing the coaching that allows those businesses to scale will help us all thrive in the future.

In 2021, EGBI volunteers put in more than 130 hours to help EGBI support and serve over 400 small businesses. Supporters like Jeremiah 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 VOLUNTEER – ALISON FLANGEL

By Olivia Yang

Alison Flangel is a rising junior at the University of Maryland, pursuing a degree in Government and Politics along with General Business and Public Leadership. This summer she is working as a marketing intern for EGBI. In her free time, Alison loves cooking, playing tennis, and hanging out with her dogs.

Alison shares her experience as a volunteer with EGBI below.

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

In my free time, I love to play tennis.

How have you volunteered for EGBI (tasks, projects, etc.)?

Thus far in my time at EGBI, I have done a lot of work on various programs such as Excel and Canva. I really like being able to help with the company’s organization, as that is something I enjoy doing in my own life as well. In addition to this, I have taken on helping with our annual report by conducting interviews and writing feature articles. 

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

EGBI is a unique organization — I love the mission that targets minority business owners. I think that by providing tools and resources to individuals who usually lack this knowledge, EGBI is rare. I am very proud to work for an organization with such a powerful objective. 

What has your favorite experience with EGBI been so far?

My favorite experience so far has been getting to meet with business owners and hear their stories. It is so inspiring to hear first-hand the obstacles individuals have overcome to get to where they are today. 

“I don’t think there is a better organization to volunteer for than EGBI. Within the non-profit sector they are top of their game.” – Alison Flangel

In 2021, EGBI volunteers put in more than 130 hours to help EGBI support and serve over 400 small businesses. Volunteers like Alison 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 CLIENT AND VOLUNTEER – RICARDO LEON

By Olivia Yang

Hi! My name is Ricardo Leon. I was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. I have an Associate in Computer’s Science. I joined a tech company back in 2005 in Guadalajara, Mexico and then they invited me to move to the U.S. with a work visa that later on they upgraded to a Green Card.

I understood that I couldn’t build a life around a single income so I decided to open a few lines of businesses with my wife, and this has been an amazing life changing decision for me and my family. The benefits and knowledge that the small business world brings is UNBELIEVABLE GOOD! EGBI has helped us make amazing things possible by giving us entrepreneurs tools to go get things done! I’m very thankful for that!

Ricardo shares his experience as a volunteer and client below.

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

My soul gets full when I see people making the decision and taking action to improve their lives, like opening a business, learning more about personal finances and topics related to businesses, and having the courage and discipline to set goals and go after them. That makes me really happy!

 What is unique about your business?

I work best with business owners that are willing to do more and learn more about the business world. I bring a different perspective and new ideas to the table when they decide to do business with me. I also like giving them as much value as possible beyond any contract, like offering their products or services to people in the community that are looking for them. 

What is the biggest obstacle you encountered in starting or growing your business? How did EGBI help you overcome this?

At first it was my very own limiting mindset, like doing paperwork to form an LLC, talking to the State Comptroller to make sure all transactions would be done correctly in order to collect and pay State sales tax, then getting permits for a food business that I used to run, etc. All of that was overwhelming to me! But then I was invited to participate in the workshops that EGBI provided and that gave me a lot of clarity in terms of how to manage my business and how to make it grow by following a plan. EGBI gave me all these tools and knowledge that I’m using now to get consistent income in my digital marketing solutions business.

EGBI walks you through the entire process of making a small business successful. Isn’t that what you’re looking for?Ricardo Leon

Ricardo, you have volunteered as an instructor and also on the EGBI Marketing Committee. Why do you volunteer with EGBI, and what has your experience been like?

I’m very grateful to EGBI and their goal to make more and more businesses successful. That’s why I volunteer every time I’m invited to. I have nothing but good things to say about this organization and its commitment: to help as many business owners as possible to establish and make small businesses grow. The coaches and managers at EGBI are amazing people that always make sure that all volunteers (like me) feel welcomed and confident to help them in their mission.

What advice do you have for someone thinking of volunteering with EGBI?

Please do it! Everyone’s experience in running and managing a small business is unique and everyone can provide a different perspective on how to get around obstacles, as well as tips and tricks to be successful in this small business world. We all will appreciate your input!

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In 2020, EGBI volunteers put in more than 130 hours to help EGBI support and serve over 400 small businesses. Volunteers like Ricardo 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 VOLUNTEER – AMY COBB

By Olivia Yang

Amy Carrillo Cobb started her business in Spring 2020. Amy holds a bachelor’s in finance and is a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor. She started her own business Amy Cobb Consulting to help Business Owners demystify their finances. Amy has a history of non-profit experience beginning in 2007 with her participation in the Hispanic Austin Leadership program. She became a Board Member of the Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas-Austin Chapter in 2008. She was a board member for the Latino Leaders of America and co-chaired their annual 5k fundraiser Walk-Run-Lead in 2014 & 2015. She now serves as the Board Treasurer for Ladders for Leaders.

Amy is a wife and mother of a 6-year-old daughter. She has lived in Austin since 2004. She is dedicated to using her skills and experience to help others and unify the community.

Amy shares her experience as an EGBI volunteer, supporter, and blog writer below.

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

My fun fact is I’ve completed the Austin Marathon & Half-Marathon. Owning a business is a marathon not a sprint- I am a runner and business owner.

Why do you volunteer for EGBI?

This is my first-year volunteering for EGBl. I believe in the mission and am happy to assist as an Austin Business Owner.

Why do you think it’s important to volunteer?

I created Amy Cobb Consulting on the foundation to enhance social equity. Volunteering was instilled in me at a very young age by my family. We are strong community advocates, and I will continue that legacy through my volunteerism and business.

“I chose to become an EGBI volunteer because I believed in the mission. It is my social responsibility as a community member to help others succeed.”Amy Carrillo Cobb

Why do you write blogs for small businesses owners?

As a Latina and first-gen Entrepreneur, I run into my own set of limits that I subconsciously put on myself. [Based on] my experience speaking, working and strategizing with my clients, others do the same thing. I want to engage business owners through a platform (blogging) that is easily digestible. My blogs allow others to see how I engage with my clients. I am the resource for minority business owners.

What advice do you have for someone thinking of volunteering with EGBI?

Volunteering helps me engage in the community and hone my business skills. It is a way to participate and build your skills.

Amy Cobb shares her knowledge through blog posts for EGBI. Read her recent post on Money Sabotages & Trauma to learn more.