After 15 years of working for several companies and never gaining the opportunity to move up in a company, Deborah decided to open her own business while simultaneously helping other local businesses. As a registered communications distributor designer (RCCD), Deborah created EP Techworks in her hometown of El Paso. She works with other entrepreneurs and architects to discuss the design and installation of technical communication devices. Her business is one of two within the entire city that is 100 per cent owned by Hispanic women. Deborah had special training to learn about fiber optics, wireless devices, computer set-ups, projectors, intercoms, speakers, projectors and similar communication devices.
Deborah says she got into the industry to help bring other companies into the 21st century. “I love this business because it’s different every day. The projects differ and change daily, and I’m not the type that can do the same thing every day.” Deborah has had her business for three years and now has 12 full-time staff members. In the future, she plans to hire more Hispanic female workers to keep up her Hispanic female business status.
After hearing about Accion Texas Inc. from her banker, Deborah decided to inquire about a loan. Upon approval, she used the loan for a truck and marketing. She says that since she got the loan, she has put advertisement on her truck and has received a large number of calls. Most importantly, she has a more efficient way to service her clients and not cause too much wear and tear on her employees’ cars.
Find out more about her business on her website: ep-techworks.com and Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/EP-Techworks/144833275613546
LiftFund. (www.liftfund.com) is an award-winning nonprofit organization (previously known as Accion Texas) with a mission to provide credit and loans to small and start-up businesses that have limited or no access to credit from commercial sources. Established in 1994 in San Antonio, LiftFund has helped Texas and Louisiana entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment, and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. Learn more at www.liftfund.com.