Don’t call Tameka’s Hawaiian ice a snow cone. As the new owner of Tropical Sno, she says her ice is different, packing flavor with every bite.
“Shaved ice is much different from a snow cone, in that it is made by a small counter-top machine that shaves ice, rather than grinding it like a snow cone machine,” Tameka said. “The ice is so fine, it could be mistaken for real snow.”
Growing up, Tameka always loved snow cones. Now, as an adult, she is gearing up to officially open her stand in the next two weeks. She works full time on an Alabama military base as a civilian employee. Because there are limited choices of food on base, Tameka believes her Tropical Sno will be a hit.
“Hawaiian ice isn’t just for children,” Tameka said. “It’s hot out here, and my cold treat is a nice break away from the seriousness of the workday.”
Tameka said her team will include herself, a manager, two assistant managers and one employee. Her daughter Tiara will join the Tropical Sno team as an assistant manager. Tameka said she is excited about her family business.
“I would love for my daughter to run her own stand someday,” she said. “She is majoring in business, and this would be a perfect way for her to get hands-on knowledge.”
Tameka came to Accion Texas Inc. for a loan to purchase the equipment, such as cups, spoons, napkins, Hawaiian flavoring, and ice shaving materials, needed to start her business. A portion of the loan will also be set aside for marketing and advertising, including signage and flyers.
“My main goal is to focus on getting started and being successful for these next few months, while it is hot,” Tameka said. “Tropical Sno will go full force next season in March.”
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.