Vanessa has always loved baking and being creative. She knew early on that she wanted to start her own bakery, but she also wanted to be debt-free. She purchased the equipment in cash, one piece at a time, until she had what she needed to get started. She created her vision of a shop with a comfortable setting, friendly atmosphere, and quality baked goods. Read the full story of her success here!Read More
MCSC Women's Business Center coming events and blog and client success stories
In only eight months, Liza has gone from an inspired idea, to producing candles for 14 winery accounts and one distillery. She has held over a dozen "Sip & Wick" classes, hosted parties and showers, and partnered with over 22 charities. Read Liza’s full success story here.Read More
Creating one of a kind, handcrafted jewelry keepsakes that are just as unique as the stories they tell. Rene TreVor Jewelry is dedicated to helping you tell your story, whether it be to honor a loved one that has passed, cherish a blissful union, or savor the milestones of a growing child. Your heartfelt memories are creatively designed as a beautiful story you can wear and share.
Robin King always dreamed of having her own business but never imagined it would be conceived from extremely tragic circumstances. On October 3, 2017, her mother lost her life to a long battle with cancer. Four hours after her mother’s death, her 25-year-old son’s life was taken while he mourned the loss of his grandmother. In her grief and as a way to process her healing, it was very much a natural response for her to make something beautiful in honor of her mother and son. She created memorial keepsakes that contained flowers from her mother’s memorial and son’s ashes to always keep her loved ones close. Upon reflection, she knew she wanted help others to feel comforted by their loss and began making keepsakes for family and friends. In the loving memory of her mother and son, a name and concept for her business were conceived. However, she realized she lacked the knowledge of how to make it happen.
In the spring of 2018, she enrolled in the Start, Run and Grow Your Business Course offered through MCSC and the Women’s Business Center. This was missing piece she needed to get started. Robin was the winner of the class’s business plan and pitch competition where she was awarded a $500 prize to help start her business. At the one year memorial anniversary of her losses (October 2018), Rene TreVor Jewelry launched an e-commerce website. She says following through with a business plan to honor her mother and son brings her such joy because she gets to share with the world the beautiful stories they wrote on her heart.
Robin says “There were so many nuggets of wisdom from the course to which I am still gleaning from.” Her advice to fellow entrepreneurs is “to continue educating yourself and never stop growing in the wisdom of how to operate your business.” She says we’re living in times of newer, bigger, better and things around us are changing at rapid speed, whether through marketing, technology, social media, etc. As you enhance your personal growth, your business has no other choice but to grow with you. This is where MCSC and the Women's Business Center came in handy. She found them to be very supportive of her vision of entrepreneurship and offered excellent workshops with the most knowledgeable mentors. She continues to put her faith in the Women’s Business Center to help her evolve as an entrepreneur and grow her business to the success she’s envisioned.
Announcing our upcoming class Empezando Business Academy in Bakersfield, California! Class starts Monday, August 6th at 6pm. See the video for more details and call (661) 268-4314 to register or for more info.
¡Anunciando nuestra próxima clase Empezando Business Academy en Bakersfield, California! La clase comienza el lunes, 6 de agosto a las 6 p.m. Vea el video para más detalles y llame al (661) 268-4314 para registrarse o para obtener más información.
Congratulations to the Spanish Empezando Spring graduates of 2018: Noemi Adame, Leticia Antunez, Valentin Bautista, Consuelo Carmona de Patricio, Crisanto Fuentes, Santos Giles, Federico Rameriz, Armando Salgado, and Nely Liliana Zepeda.
These hard working individuals earned their certificate of completion last Tuesday, May 15th. The "Empezando" Course is a twelve-week business training course that provided the students with knowledge, tools, and resources necessary to start and/or grow their own business. The results of these courses are a tangible business plan and a clear business proposal. Good job students!
Thank you to the instructor of the course Gabe Quiroz, the Board of Directors including President and Chairperson Anita Robinson, Treasurer Michael Chen, Secretary Kathy Marcove, and Members Nora Dominguez, Elizabeth Steinberg, and Polly Mertens. Thank you to the MCSC Women's Business Center Program Director Chuck Jehle and Program Coordinator Nikkole. Also, thank you to our Guest Speakers Carla Blandon and Francisco Ramirez.
Congratulations to Las Delicias de Zacatecas, Best Burrito in SLO County!
Have you heard?! Women's Business Center client Las Delicias de Zacatecas has won "Best Burrito" in SLO County! We couldn't agree more. We love these burritos and our clients! If you are looking for a great place to eat and an award winning burrito, look no further. 12304 Los Osos Valley Road, SLO, CA.