ISED(Iowans for Social and Economic Development) offers an array of services ranging from financial to business planning. Marianna Gomez whom many of you were introduced through the Marianna’s food review was the first Latin American in Des Moines to be granted money. ISED assisted her in matching $2,000 that she put in once she completed the business planning program. Her business first started out on 23rd Street for 9 years and then she moved to her current location at 13th and University in 2008. Carlos Rios executive director of Immigrant Rights Network of Iowa and his associates got Marianna into the Targeted Small Business program which subsequently gave her more added assistance after training through ISED. They helped her with free promotion of her business through the Des Moines Register and put her in touch with ColorsByLinda.com for her menu. TSB she stated had too much paperwork but in the end was a good choice because of how they helped her business to maintain its sustainability. They gave her a 32,000 loan at 3% interest. In two month on August 1st she will own the building that her business resides in. Her future goals are to expand her kitchen, and increase staff. Just to prove how successful she was doing this venture on her own, no bank gave her a loan to start her business. She pursued her dreams with vigor.
The link to Targeted Small Business is listed below: