Resilience and Renewal: Teresa鈥檚 Journey from El Salvador to Entrepreneurship

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Melissa鈥檚 Beauty Salon and Western Wear: A Dream Realized

Teresa came to the United States from El Salvador nearly 33 years ago. She studied cosmetology and obtained her license, then opened her own business: Melissa鈥檚 Beauty Salon and Western Wear, located in Northside.

Rebuilding with BakerRipley: A Story of Support and Growth聽

In 2008, Hurricane Ike flooded Teresa鈥檚 business as well as her home. BakerRipley helped her rebuild.

鈥淭he staff helped me a lot because they encouraged me to continue,鈥 she says. Later, Teresa enrolled in classes at BakerRipley to improve her English and learn computer skills.

鈥淲hen I came to this country I couldn鈥檛 speak any English. Now, I feel comfortable to understand some people and speak in English.鈥澛

With her new skills, Teresa is able to serve customers in English as well as Spanish. And she has continued to expand her business, adding notary public services as well. 鈥淚鈥檓 looking to grow my business with more customers, and provide service to the community,鈥 she says. 鈥淭his is my wish.鈥

Teresa encourages others to take advantage of BakerRipley鈥檚 services and make the most of the opportunities that are available. 鈥淏akerRipley鈥檚 impact on my life, it鈥檚 amazing,鈥 says Teresa. 鈥淭he opportunities they give me for my business and my family to be well鈥 want to say thanks so much and God bless you.鈥

BakerRipley鈥檚 Entrepreneur connection aims to help aspiring entrepreneurs like Teresa start and run their businesses through education, resources, and connection to capital. To learn more about this program, click the link below.