Success Stories

Sylvia Martinez, Owner and Chief Executive Officer for Altomar Home Healthcare

Sylvia Martinez, owner and chief executive officer for Altomar Home Healthcare, celebrated her and her company’s success at the U.S. Small Business Administration El Paso Small Business Week awards on May 5th. Martinez was selected as the Region VI 2016 SBA Women in Business Champion. The purpose of this award is to honor an individual who has fulfilled a commitment to the advancement of women’s business ownership by: actively supporting legislative or regulatory actions designed to help small businesses, increasing business and financial opportunities for women, exhibiting financial assistance provided to enhance women’s business ownerships, and volunteering and advocating for women-owned businesses in the community.

Altomar Home Healthcare provides skilled nurses, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medical social workers, and home health aides to care for both children and adults. The company started in 1999 after branching off from another family... Read More

Manuel Diaz Jr., Operations Manager and Co-Owner of MDM Entertainment Productions

Manuel Diaz, Operations Director and Owner of MDM Entertainment Productions celebrated his success at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s El Paso Small Business Week event on May 5, 2016. Diaz won the SBA El Paso Young Entrepreneur of the Year, an award that is based on evidence of success as measured by sales and profits, increased employment opportunities created by the nominee’s business, development or utilization of innovative or creative business methods, and demonstrated entrepreneurial potential necessary for long-term business success and economic growth.

Diaz, a 29 year-old native to El Paso, TX, opened his business with the help of his father in September 2012. Prior to opening MDM, Manuel was a drummer and vocalist for two bands in Mexico. His involvement in various music and lighting productions led him to the realization that he could start his own entertainment production company.           

MDM Entertainment Productions is a full service audio and... Read More

Yomi and Beth Adejokun, Owners of Nothing Bundt Cakes

It all started when Yomi and Beth Adejokun decided to stop at a bakery in San Antonio called Nothing Bundt Cakes to celebrate Yomi’s birthday. Yomi was never a huge cake enthusiast, but after some persistence from his wife to try the cake, Yomi was a changed man. He enjoyed the cake so much that he started to visit the bakery five to six times a month.

“It wasn’t until the owner told me that I visited the bakery more times in one month than most people visit in a year that I decided I should open my own franchise,” said Adejokun.

Nothing Bundt Cakes is a bakery and gift shop franchise that specializes in creating custom bundt cakes for any occasion. Customers can choose from 10 different cake flavors, 40 unique cake designs, and a variety of gifts and cards to brighten anyone’s day.

“We like to be the centerpiece of every celebration,” said Adejokun. “Whether it is for a birthday, baby shower, or any special holiday, we can provide a great tasting cake that is... Read More

Rosa Santana, Toyota’s First Hispanic Women-Owned Parts Supplier

Rosa Santana, chief executive officer of Integrated Human Capital has developed a new business, Forma Automotive, which is the first Hispanic women-owned direct Tier 1 parts supplier for Toyota’s San Antonio truck manufacturing facility.   The company was created in 2014 when Toyota identified a need for a parts supplier to increase production efficiency of their Tacoma truck beds. Santana already had a good working relationship with Toyota through Integrated Human Capital, which provides staffing services to the automotive company and many of their onsite suppliers.

“They were seeking a supplier to assemble truck beds in San Antonio and they identified us as a potential partner.  Although we had no experience in manufacturing or assembly of truck beds,  they were committed to mentoring us and providing us the technical training necessary to succeed. They knew we were experienced in operating successful businesses and identifying talent as well as operating with a continuous... Read More