From Flea Market Stall to Healthy Foods Business – Meet Ana and Juan Tabares, owners of Speedy Fruit
Obstacles and Opportunities for a Healthy Foods Business
“We want to be independent, not work for anyone else,” says Ana when asked about what inspired her to start her own business. “I feel very committed to being able to change eating habits, especially in children, so that instead of eating junk food they can eat something healthy and delicious.” And this was the seed that would grow into Speedy Fruits. Ana had already earned years of experience selling in local flea markets, selling clothes, hats, jewelry, and other accessories. “The experience I have gained has helped me prepare for changes and challenges.”
And like most other aspiring entrepreneurs, Ana and Juan faced the challenge of finding capital in order to build something that was truly theirs and could truly make a difference in the health and lives of people in their community. Juan says it simply: “We are from Mexico, the language barrier and not being able to express or understand the information about permits, licenses and resources well was one of the main challenges. There was also the fear of not having enough budget to launch our business.” But Ana and Juan had a goal. They knew they needed an affordable base of operations, they knew they needed a solid business plan, and they knew that by connecting with others who have gone through this, who faced similar challenges they could learn and grow and work with others to build themselves a road map towards a successful enterprise.
Refining Their Mission and Vision and Working with Centro
During the program Ana and Juan also had the opportunity to meet other entrepreneurs and Centro Small Business Advisors who were able to share what they had learned while starting and growing their own businesses. This, Ana feels, was instrumental in helping her become a successful entrepreneur, being part of a community that can support each other and learn from one another to avoid the most common pitfalls and see how others worked to overcome those seemingly insurmountable challenges.
Pride in Entrepreneurship
When asked what he most wanted other people to know about his journey towards entrepreneurship, Juan had this to say: “People should realize that it is possible to achieve their dreams, find the correct information, create solid and clear goals, educate themselves in everything related to entrepreneurship and get involved with Centro will help them fulfill their dreams.“
Business in the Time of Covid-19
To see more wonderful pictures of delicious and healthy fruit dishes and find out where they are today visit Speedy Fruit’s Facebook page.