An Interview with Naomi Ventura, Owner and Designer
By: Denise Mendiola-Hertslet
Senior Business Counselor/WIB Program Coordinator
Please tell us a little about yourself:
NV: I'm a mother of 2 beautiful children and a wife of an active Coast Guard. My daughter who's my second child was born in April of 2012 and she was my inspiration to the start of my business.
Why did you decide to start a business?
NV: When my daughter was born, I couldn't find hair accessories or foot wear that she could fit so I decided to create them for her. Everyone loved the pieces I made as well so that's when I decided to start a business.
What experience do you have in this type of business?
|Naomi Ventura, owner of Cutie Petunias, displays one|
of her hair accessories.
How did the Guam Small Business Development Center and other resources help you?
NV: I received so much helpful information at the SBDC. They assisted me with my business plan and helped me to cross network with business owners and other great people to know. They helped open my eyes to the goals I didn't think I could reach.
What was the start-up process like?
NV: The toughest part of starting a business for me was the business plan. It took me 3 months to complete.
What was your most memorable experience in your start-up process?