MEDA is helping family-serving businesses thrive along the Mission Street commercial corridor via a combination of technical assistance, one-on-one coaching, access to capital and policy work. Following is an interview with one such small-business owner.
Owner: Julia Minas
Business: Julia’s Alterations
Address: 2689 Mission St.
What gave you your idea to start your business?
I applied to work for different businesses in the Mission, but couldn’t find an opportunity for years. I then went to MEDA’s free Business Development, where I received assistance via education/workshops to establish my own business.
What has your experience been opening a business in the Mission?
It’s been a great experience — better than when I had a home-based business. I like that the Mission is Spanish speaking, with clients willing to pay for my services. The location is peaceful, with good neighbors. I’ve been in this location five years now.
How does your business/ business idea relate to your life?
I have been sewing since I was an 11-year-old, and later studied sewing in high school. It’s comfortable, and doesn’t feel like work.
Why should potential customers invest in small businesses?
It’s important to support the local community to help small businesses thrive.
Where do you see your business in five years?
Prosperity: bigger location, selling more, more visibility, hiring employees.
What do you love about the Mission?
Everything is close, like food and clothes. There is variety for all economic classes and races/ethnicities, so goods and services are accessible to everyone in the neighborhood.