Linking Cultures and People Is Mota Enterprises, LLC

Linking people and particularly small business owners is important for Vanessa Mota. In addition, uncovering the various cultures that exist in Columbia, SC has been a goal for Mota. In 2008 Mota decided to make it her business to link the Latino community and other cultures to business resources in the area. She created Mota Enterprises, LLC in April of 2008 with the direct goal of cross linking markets culturally and networking different professions. She sums this up in three words: Unite, Connect and Diversify.

The firm partnered with the City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunity to facilitate and provide language translation services. Mota is the sole owner but employs associates to meet the demands of her business.

 In 2017, the firm began receiving business advice from the Columbia Area Small Business Development Center (SBDC). SBDCs provide assistance to small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the United States and its territories. SBDCs help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and help existing businesses remain competitive in a complex, ever-changing global marketplace. SBDCs are hosted by leading universities and state economic development agencies, and funded in part through a partnership with SBA. SBDC advisors provide aspiring and current small business owners a variety of free business consulting and low-cost training services including: business plan development, manufacturing assistance, financial packaging and lending assistance, exporting and importing support, disaster recovery assistance, procurement and contracting aid, market research help, 8(a) program support, and healthcare guidance.

When asked about the challenges, Mota provided some interesting points.

“I overcame challenges by believing in God, meeting the right people, and partnering with Tina Hebert, former Director for the City of Columbia’s Office of Business Opportunity,” said Mota.

“My business has seen tremendous growth from government contracts such as the City of Columbia,” said Mota.

“My future plans for growth are opening another office in downtown Columbia, cross linking seminars and working on gaining more contracts. In addition, because we have done a good job of cross linking cultures this has had a positive impact on the community,” said Mota.

“Most rewarding part of owning a small business is bringing and connecting people together. The hardest part of owning a business is bringing people together,” said Mota.

Mota provided advice for someone thinking about becoming a small business owner.

“One has to understand the clients are your boss and you must do things that meet the clients’ needs. My final thoughts about owning a business is that you can leave a legacy for your children and create your very own rules,” said Mota.

Company Name: 
Linking Cultures and People Is Mota Enterprises, LLC
Location: 
Columbia, South Carolina