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Country Fresh Market, located in Historical Uptown Whittier, is a true success story. The specialty retailing food store is the brain child of Pete and Devon Jimenez and was started with proceeds from an SBA Pre-Qualification Loan, funded by Bank of America. A subsequent SBA guaranteed credit line was provided by B of A to help with working capital and operational needs.
Whittians flock to Country Fresh to avail themselves of the freshest vegetables, expertly butchered meat, bountiful grocery items, and many Hispanic Specialty items. Denizens from the surrounding municipalities rave incessantly about the homemade salsa, guacamole and heavenly carne asada; thus, the store has become a one stop gormandized excursion. Its regulars find the 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 7 days a week very convenient and feel welcomed by the family-owned atmosphere and friendly customer service.
The market captures the essence of Trader Joe’s but with a Latin Touch. Its Hispanic delicacies are constantly in demand by Angelinos who have moved out of state or to Canada. Ever the entrepreneurs, Pete and Devon have capitalized on this demand. They continue to satisfy it via their highly active web site countryfreshmarket.com coupled with an efficient shipping department that uses multiple methods to guaranty over night freshness upon delivery.
Country Fresh has earned a significant amount of prestige for the enterprising couple. It has been profiled on TV several times, with the most notable coverage occurring on the Food
Network Show called Food Finds. The market was touted as one of the up and coming enterprises, and accordingly was named the Best Small Business in Whittier. In addition, the
physical plant received an award for being the Best Historical Renovation in Whittier. Kudos are also in order for the 15 jobs that were created by these two risk takers who were not afraid to assume debt to achieve their aspirations. Country Fresh Market is located at 7601 Greenleaf Ave, Whittier, CA 90602, (562) 696-1921.
Los Angeles District Director Alberto Alvarado reiterates a theme common to many small businesses in his tri-county service area. “The Jimenez family epitomizes the true meaning of the word entrepreneur”, cites Mr. Alvarado. “They willingly assumed the risk of debt to leverage their assets, and consequently are entitled to enjoy the fruit of their labor”. The director further added, “We must additionally recognize the fact that Whittier also benefited from their ingenuity by virtue of the new jobs that Country Fresh created in the community.”
For additional information on SBA Loan Programs and Services call the Los Angeles District Office at (818) 552-3201 or visit the SBA’s user friendly web site at www.sba.gov.
Before import businesswoman Yi Ping Mohyi connected with SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business, her giftware and decorative accessories business specializing in silk butterflies, bees, dragonflies and flowers was marginally successful. But after attending one of SCORE’s regular workshops on Internet marketing and being taken under the wing of instructor/counselor Marty Weiss, it was as if the silk butterfly business, Heart to Heart Gifts, Inc., of Oceanside, (www.butterflycraze.com) suddenly underwent a stunning metamorphosis, sprouted wings and literally took off.
Mohyi first learned about SCORE’s small business resources by picking up some literature about the organization where she registered for her business license. As the owner of a successful Internet business, Weiss used his extensive contacts to put her in touch with top flight photographers and web site designers who helped make her products look highly professional. She refined her business plan, took additional business skills workshops in sales and marketing, and sent employees for Quick Books and bookkeeping training.
“Sales had been relatively flat,” she said, “but after working with the SCORE team of counselors, things seemed to change literally overnight. Sales steadily increased week after week, and within five months of working with SCORE, they had jumped an incredible 1,900%.”
Her uniquely designed products have since been featured on ABC-TV’s Extreme Home Makeovers program, Discovery Channel’s Party Show, and MTV’s Spring Break at Disney World, and are in demand by some of Hollywood’s hottest set and costume designers. “There’s no question that SCORE changed my life and direction,” Mohyi said. “Finding SCORE was the turning point for me and my business.”
In 2003, paintball enthusiasts Judy Wessels and Kenny Docken opened their paintball store Rocken Paintball. The store carries a large supply of paintball markers and accessories for all the popular markers. Additionally, Judy and Kenny strive to provide the very best in customer service and support to anyone interested in the sport and work hard to promote the fair and safe sport of paintball at all times.
Both Judy and Kenny have played for several teams over the years. Judy Wessels, known as “Judge” Judy, is certified on the Intimidator and the Dye/Proto series of markers. Kenny Docken, known as “Rocken” Docken, has also played for many teams, and has worked in the industry for over ten years and is factory-certified on the Autococker, Angel, Intimidator, Spyder, Tippmann, PMI series and the Dye/Proto series of markers.
Prior to starting the business, Judy attended a business start-up workshop at the Small Business Development Center – North County (SBDC-NC). In addition, the SBDC-NC counselors worked with Wessels to formulate a business plan, conduct an industry analysis, and educated her on financial projections and understanding costs. Wessels also plans on taking a SCORE workshop on marketing in the very near future.
What advice does Judy Wessels offer for other new business owners? She recommends that new business owners create a business plan and get as much education on business ownership as possible. Future plans for Rocken Paintball include expansion of the business and possibly opening a paintball field or shooting range.
To find out more about the SBDC – NC visit their website at www.sandiegosmallbiz.com. The SBDC program is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Visit the SBA’s San Diego District Office website at www.sba.gov/ca/sandiego or call (619) 557-7250 to find out how SBA can assist your business.