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Printing Palace owner Mark Moralez prints a stack of posters on the Akiyama four-color, large-format offset press.

Mark Moralez came to Los Angeles in 1989 in hopes of fulfilling his dream of being a professional dancer.  As fate would have it, he ended up becoming a printer working his way up the ladder and today is the owner and operator of ‘Printing Palace,’ a  state-of-the-art, full-service printer and only printer in California still using offset printing.

Mark Moralez began his work as a printer 35 years ago going from shop to shop working in various capacities. Ten years ago he met the owner of ‘Printing Palace,’ and started working as a customer service representative for $10 per hour.  Eventually Moralez became manager of the shop, but in 2014, his boss and owner of the printing shop said he was selling the business. Moralez did not know what would happen to him, his job, nor the fate of the nine employees he managed, and although he had not thought about owning his own business before, with the encouragement of friends and family, he decided to go for it. 

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Ronda Jackson

Native of Chicago, Illinois Ronda Jackson is a third generation entrepreneur, a mother, a licensed contractor, a certified interior designer and no stranger to hard work.

Ronda formed Décor Interior Design at the desk of her day job in 1997 as a sole proprietor, and incorporated her business in 2006. Despite the challenges of raising a family and growing a business, Ronda models the successful balance of both.

Led by Ronda Jackson, Décor Interior Design Inc. is a Los Angeles-based, SBA 8(a) certified, woman-owned facility resource company specializing in tenant improvements, interior support and grounds maintenance. In the early stages of her business, she operated as a soloprenuer from her bedroom closet. Her residential client list included doctors, lawyers, and vice presidents of Fortune 500 companies who embraced her work ethic and design talent. Unfortunately, good design and quality products were not enough to keep the company going over the course of sixteen... Read More

Women-Owned Small Business Sells Comfort to Motorcyclist

Find out how Kris Hart, founder and owner of Royal Riding, transformed herself from an employee into a successful business owner with the assistance of SBA Resource Partners in Southern California.

An amusing aspect of Kris Hart, founder and president of Royal Riding & Accessories, is she manufactures flawless and comfy motorcycle seat pads but hasn’t had much time to sit on one since founding her company in 2010.

Four years ago in early 2009 began a turning point for Hart who was then working two jobs, one for a motorcycle parts dealer and another as an administrator running group homes for young women in the foster care system.   “I was working for someone else while I was running homes for youth…I was afraid to go out and do it on my own but I looked at these brave young women and decided to go for it and take out a $17,000 bank loan through Santa Barbara Bank and Trust.  I bought a truck, trailer and dove into business,” said Hart.

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Willa Kveta Captures Life’s Biggest Moments as a Photographer and Small Business Owner

One can almost taste the sea salt in the air, feel the dew covered grasses and smell the wedding bouquet’s fragrance when gazing at Willa Kveta’s photographs. She is the creative mind and owner of Willa Kveta Photography, a Santa Barbara-based photography business. 

“I never imaged being a wedding photographer,” said Kveta.  Reminiscing on her current path as a photographer and business owner, and how it took shape by virtue of her desire to leave Whidbey Island near Seattle and see the world.

She recalls in the same breath, “I saw true happiness where I didn’t expect to find it…and I learned to believe in miracles,” said Kveta, who traveled solo for two plus years around Central and South America.  She quickly acquired the gimlet eye of a seasoned traveler through her many indelible experiences.  A couple of which were hitch hiking extreme distances and being caught up in a police raid – these life experiences were just two among the many she recounted along her... Read More