Business owner, Celia Velazquez, had no idea that her business would grow into what it is now. Mi Pueblo Services is now a local business that offers endless services to the Latino community. Velazquez's will to achieve and dedication has only taken her to great lengths.
Celia Velazquez. Latina. Trailblazer. Achiever. Entrepreneur. Born in Mexico, arrived to the U.S. at the age of 16. Her plan from the very beginning was to attend school but destiny had different plans. She soon started working at a doctor's office as an account manager.
Due to personal trials and struggles, she then decided it was time to forge her own path.
In 1994, she opened her business preparing taxes and representing clients who were being audited by the government. She named her business Mi Pueblo Services. She loved what she did. She wanted to grow, so she started attending seminars, workshops and classes. Velazquez began to fiercely seek an opportunity to grow in the field. She earned her Enrolled Agent license and it was just another step closer to success.
Finances, as with every business are always a difficult department to master. For Velazquez and Mi Pueblo Services, the first two years were the toughest. Getting on your feet and learning the ropes of entrepreneurship is tough. There were times when she felt unmotivated. "I created a sign that said No te des por vencido meaning "Don't give up". Most of her problems were due to finances; to not having the income.
But she came across Comerica Bank who gave her the opportunity to continue her business. The bank has helped her with small equity loans. "They have provided every loan. It is important for them to know you. Just tell them your needs and they're there to help.", she advises.
Her advice to new business owners learning how to manage finances is that "you need to set...