Small Business Development Center helps minority- and Hispanic-owned grocery expand their treats into Troy

Small Business Development Center helps minority- and Hispanic-owned grocery expand their treats into Troy

A weekend stop by to a Mexican grocery store in Ariton garnered a new Compact Enterprise Enhancement Heart consumer and resulted in the expansion of the procedure into Troy.

SBDC TROY Director Juliana Bolivar claimed she desired to check out out what the retail outlet available and begun a discussion about the wonderful products offered – in particular their in-retail outlet built fruit popsicles.

“I was able to drop a Spanish-language brochure and have a great conversation with the employees there,” she said. “A several days later, Laura Flores identified as and desired to grow the family’s procedure into Troy, but lacked the expertise essential to navigate the regulatory waters in a larger municipality.”

Laura Flores shows off one of her fruit popsicles at Mexicana San Juditas, located in Troy on Highway 231 near Publix. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)
Laura Flores exhibits off just one of her fruit popsicles at Mexicana San Juditas, found in Troy on Highway 231 around Publix. (TROY picture/Clif Lusk)

Previous summer, SBDC TROY and the Alabama SBDC Network started acquiring Spanish-language academic alternatives and products to support the creation of lawful enterprise entities throughout Alabama. In the Wiregrass, Bolivar has been capable to supply presentations and internet marketing materials that support the expansion of the Spanish-talking community in enterprise and commerce.

The help doesn’t stop with Hispanic outreach, nevertheless. In 2022, 66 percent of the shoppers served via 1-on-just one expert services were women of all ages, and 62 % of the instruction attendees have been female. The Center is closing out March with a woman-targeted on line program, obtainable statewide, referred to as “Empower Her: 5 Steps to Launch Your Small business.” The software is from 6 pm. – 7:30 p.m. March 31.

Mexicana San Juditas, Flores’ grocery store, had places in Ariton and Eufaula previously in operation, but desired to shift into a more substantial municipality. The SBDC Troy employees was able to assist the loved ones navigate compliance concerns and needed wellness permits – with Bolivar serving as an interpreter for the duration of wellness inspections and paperwork completion.

“When they opened the doorways of their mini-industry and ice cream/popsicle bar in Troy, I inspired them to continue performing on their marketing and advertising – acquiring presently founded a brand name id that tells their story through their Christian faith,” she explained.

SBDC TROY helped a family-owned grocery store to expand from Ariton and Eufaula into the Troy market. The store opened in January on Highway 231, near Publix. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)
SBDC TROY helped a loved ones-owned grocery retailer to increase from Ariton and Eufaula into the Troy industry. The store opened in January on Freeway 231, in the vicinity of Publix. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)

San Juditas or Saint Jude was one particular of the 12 primary disciples of Christ, and a relative of Jesus and is thought of the patron saint of those in difficult predicaments. The keep is positioned at 1133 Highway 231, just in entrance of the Publix purchasing center.

“Their digital marketing method nonetheless essential some do the job, and Laura wanted to preserve escalating to appeal to not only Hispanic shoppers but be a practical grocery keep for all local community associates,” Bolivar mentioned.

Bolivar brought on Yadira “Yari” Colon-Lopez, the Center’s marketing and advertising advisor, who began delivering support and generating different “Google My Business” listings and schooling administrators on developing independent but uniform tone and id amongst a few diverse social media platforms staying used to talk with consumers.

The workforce is at this time performing on a advertising approach that contains flyers in English, expert pictures supplied by Troy College Pictures, and evaluation of signage options to raise visibility between other market segments.

The Mendez-Flores relatives is now doing the job on the enhancement of a fourth small business out of their retail outlet in Ariton, which has a professional kitchen area. Their strategy: to use the kitchen area as a commissary kitchen for food stuff vehicles in the space.

“Their entrepreneurial spirit and desire to thrive is a good toughness for any new enterprise, but now they know they have the support of the Smaller Business Growth Heart to help them navigate the course of action,” Bolivar reported.

To find out much more about the SBDC TROY, visit them on the net at, or e mail Bolivar at [email protected]. The Centre can be achieved by phone at 334-808-6793.

The Mendez-Flores family operates mini-grocery store chain Mexicana San Juditas that specializes in Hispanic food items and products. They operate three locations, Ariton, Eufaula and Troy. (TROY photo/Clif Lusk)
The Mendez-Flores household operates mini-grocery retailer chain Mexicana San Juditas that specializes in Hispanic foods merchandise and products. They operate 3 places, Ariton, Eufaula and Troy. (TROY picture/Clif Lusk)