Started business in June 2009, expanded business in January 2014 and has retained 3 part time employees
One of the most challenging decisions I’ve had to make was to start a new business in the beginning of a recession. At that time, my youngest son was just a newborn, and my oldest was a toddler. I also owned and managed a daycare business that did very well before the recession hit. Needless to say, I had my hands full.
When I started Sinful Treats, I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted to do, how big I wanted to grow the company and what I wanted to get out of it. But I knew that I needed all the help and guidance I could get to create a path for myself and the company, and to stay focused on that path. This is where SBDC helped me the most. They offer many programs to help small business owners and entrepreneurs like myself. One of those programs is free consultations with business coaches. For a new business with very little funding, anything free is a blessing.
Without the help and guidance I received from SBDC and my business coach, it would have taken me twice as long to achieve the goals I set for myself. I started this company in my own kitchen while being a full time mom, and now five years later, I’ve managed to establish the business as a full service bakery and catering company. We have a baking facility in the city of Elk Grove, and we’re getting ready to launch our own line of baking mixes, soon to be available in local stores. Best of all, we are employers and help the economy by turning individuals into contributing members of our society.
I’m very happy that SBDC found a home in Elk Grove. This city is a breeding ground for small businesses. SBDC will certainly make a huge difference in our community.
Mariel Black, President/Founder, Sinful Treats, Inc.