PISMO BEACH, Calif. -- It is important to support small businesses year-round but National Small Business Week reminds us to support our local entrepreneurs on the Central Coast.
President Joe Biden declared April 30th - May 6th, 2023 as 'National Small Business Week' in his proclamation.
Biden stated, "This week, we celebrate the backbone of our economy and the glue of our communities: our small businesses, which help make our Nation strong."
Small businesses are the core of a community, they begin with local entrepreneurship and continue with limitless opportunities for the economy.
Owning your own business is a dream come true for many, to be your own boss and create a healthy work environment for yourself and others.
Although, with your own business, comes full responsibility.
Your revenue becomes your income and source for bills, at home, and for the business. Money needs to cover restocking fees for products and supplies. Many businesses also have employees to pay.
It is not easy to be a small business owner and unfortunately, many businesses close down.
Post-COVID-19, many small businesses had to shut down because people began to do more online shopping.
How can you support small businesses? SHOP SMALL and share it with your loved ones.
You can look up anything you are interested in and find out if there are alternatives at local shops.
Almost everything can be found locally, you can help your neighboring businesses, keep money in your own town and enjoy the products grown right next to you.
Today spoke to Luxe Boutique CEO Angie Maldonado a small business owner from Santa Maria.
She is a local Latina entrepreneur who has a women's clothing store online and in Pismo Beach.
“I’m a one-woman show I, I do the tagging, I do the inventory, I do the accounting, I do the picking, the styles training, the mannequins, cleaning out the store like it, you know, steaming all the clothes. Because, again, I take pride in what I do," said Maldonado.
Maldonado says her dream was to always be a businesswoman because she saw her mother own her own business as well.
She says, her mother struggled to raise her and her sister on her own. Thankfully, they have now accomplished the American dream as entrepreneurs.
“Coming here to the US very young and completely starting with nothing. Having nothing. My mom was a single mom raising two girls in their early teens, so it was really hard for her. And I knew that I wanted to better my life, just not just for the life that I've created already because I am a mom of five. But to make my mom proud," said Maldonado.
Maldano made her dreams a reality despite all obstacles. She encourages others to follow their dreams and take risks to fulfill their goals.
“Go for your dreams, go for your goals, achieve what you want. I've always said what you fear the most is what's going to have the best outcome... I feel like this world, it's enormous. And there is enough for everyone to be successful," said Maldonado.
For more stay tuned tonight on Your News Channel, live at 4 and 5 p.m.
Luxe Boutique is located at the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets at 333 Five Cities Dr., Space 127 in Pismo Beach, CA 93449.
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