Success Stories

Willie Jenkins Jr., Owner of Freedom Janitorial Services

Willie Jenkins Jr., owner of Freedom Janitorial Services, is a true example of the American dream. After serving active duty and reserve for 21 years in the United States Army, Jenkins struggled to find permanent employment. He found himself at a low point trying to support his family, after being laid off from a major contracting company and then turned down for other jobs because he was overqualified.

Jenkins sought guidance from his pastor, Dr. Mikel Brown, who is also the Founder and President of Dream Makers 99, a faith-based organization that provides business development assistance to aspiring entrepreneurs. Dr. Brown inspired Jenkins to create his own job by starting a cleaning service.

“I didn’t even own my first mop bucket,” said Jenkins. “I had to borrow that from someone else.”

Jenkins started his business by assisting the people in his church. The business continued to expand into what is now known as Freedom Janitorial Services. Freedom Janitorial... Read More

Yolanda Diaz, President of Mirador Enterprises

Yolanda Diaz, President of Mirador Enterprises, had always aspired to become an entrepreneur, but patiently waited for the right opportunity. She learned the ins and outs of developing a small business and competing for federal contracts by attending various free training courses offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. In 2002, Yolanda opened her facility maintenance and management business with her two employees, Hector Martinez and Pete Diaz.  Hector still works for Mirador today and is the VP of Operations.

“As a single mother I was nervous, but I decided to take the plunge anyways. I was inspired by my brother’s success with his business, and when I heard about the Fort Bliss expansion I knew it was time to open a business of my own,” said Diaz.

In the start-up phase of the business, Yolanda generated just enough income to pay her two employees. She continued to work full time as a regional accounting manager for a local gas company. Eventually Yolanda... Read More

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