SBDC Alumni “Pay It Forward”
There are many benefits to being a client of the Contra
Costa Small Business Development Center (SBDC).
Most know about our no-cost events, training and advising, but many are
not aware of the potential for community-building, networking and even business
Fresh Cleaning is a multi-generational company founded by
Maria Covarubias and her husband Ismael Cortes while she was a client of
AnewAmerica, a Women’s Business Center and SBA-partnership like the SBDC. The company evolved to what it is today when
the founders were joined by their daughters, Angeles, Karen and Naveli Cortes
began working with the SBDC. They formed
a Limited Liability Company and expanded from residential to commercial
cleaning, succeeded in securing a working capital loan and significantly
Not long after, the company secured a location in Pleasant
Hill. Understanding that resource
constraints often limit the locations where the SBDC can deliver trainings, Maria
approached her lead advisor about the possibility of hosting one of the SBDC
business planning classes. The center
director jumped at the opportunity and the photos you see here are from the
graduation of that class.
“Over the last 20 years, my family and I enjoyed success and
challenges and had the privilege to receive support from AnewAmerica and SBDC,”
explained Maria. “Both pushed us to learn how to best manage our operations and
we feel it is an honor to contribute to the community and share our experiences
with those on the same trajectory as we once were so that they feel the same
kind of support provided to us from the start.”
Fresh Cleaning is also “pollinator”, or the type of
established organization that understands the importance of supporting other
locally/family-owned, emerging businesses.
As such, Maria, Ismael and their daughters regularly hire or
sub-contract with complimentary service providers working with the SBDC such as
carpet and duct cleaners.