Pablo Colón first came to Atlanta in 2010, and stayed for six months. During his visit, he noticed that there were no Puerto Rican bakeries, and he immediately saw this as an opportunity. He came back in 2013 to make Atlanta his home. Already an entrepreneur of two wholesale bakeries and a bakery deli in Puerto Rico, his goal was to open a Puerto Rican bakery and café in Atlanta. Determined to do so, he found a full-time job as a chef and started buying equipment on the side for his dream business.
He told a friend about his idea, and the friend recommended that he reach out to ACE Women’s Business Center. Within a week he showed up at the WBC office and received a one-on-one consultation about the services the center provides, steps to start a business and access to capital. He continued to receive counseling and attended trainings, such as: Small Business Risk Education Workshop, Annual Speed Coaching event, Proven Business Planning, Small Business Access to Capital to name a few. He also worked with the UGA, Small Business Development Center in Gwinnett, where he received assistance to create the business plan. The most valuable advice he received was guidance about loan requirements and products, finances, business permits, rental of space, registrations, and certifications.
In June 2017, he registered his business with the Secretary of State and started selling baked goods during his spare time while keeping his full-time job. Colón needed funding to start the business, and in September 2018 Pablo closed an SBA Community Advantage Loan which provided him the seed money he needed to start.
On December 14, 2018, with the support of his family at the business, he opened the doors of Pablo’s Bakery & Café in Peachtree Corners; besides the café, he also sells baking goods wholesale to 6 restaurants in the Atlanta area. Three months after the opening, Pablo could have never imagined the success of his business, and the support he has received of the Hispanic community. The revenue has surpassed all the projections listed on the business plan. Colón is grateful to ACE and the WBC and continues to receive technical assistance focusing on financial management and marketing.
Within one-to-three years, Colón would like to open two more cafes and develop the wholesale line of the business. “I highly recommend ACE Women’s Business Center” Colón says, “This program was key during the start-up phase and remains a very important part of my business. They educate and assist you with everything you need to be able to make your business dream a reality. The staff is very personable, knowledgeable and kind, making you always feel very special. They are next to you along the way, and still today they continue to provide me with help so that my business continues to make solid steps.”
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