Gigante Insurance/Farmers Insurance
Entrepreneurs come in all different forms with different backgrounds and different reasons for pursuing business ownership as a means for self sufficiency. Some want to work for no one but themselves, others site passion and others develop into business owners out of necessity. Yolanda Delgado’s entrepreneurial path is a combination of passion and necessity.
After losing her job when the international airline she worked for went bankrupt, the idea of having her own business moved to the front of her mind. She opened up a travel agency and all was well until tragedy struck on 9/11 and her business went under. Yolanda measured her next steps carefully and although there seemed to be many obstacles in her path, including a major language barrier (Yolanda’s primary language is Spanish); she stuck to her entrepreneurial dreams, became a certified agent and opened up an insurance agency, Gigante Insurance.
“Things are not always easy but when you see a star, no matter how high, reach for it and with hard work and determination it will be in your grasp. As my mother used to say, ‘you’re already in the corral, time to grab the bull by its horns.’” Yolanda says about dreaming big and staying ambitious.
In 2013, Yolanda was ready to expand her capacity and knew she needed additional capital to do so. After hitting not only a language barrier, but also an accessibility barrier, with few banks willing to work with her, Yolanda found the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) where she applied for a microloan that allowed her to proceed with her business expansion. She met with a finance specialist and was able to really convey her ideas and goals fluently..
“I am extremely grateful that such a place as the WBDC exists; where the doors are wide open for people like me, to pursue their dreams.”
Now that Yolanda has the capital to grow, she will be transforming her small insurance agency into a a very well known franchise insurance agency, accomplishing a huge goal that only a few months ago, seemed out of reach.
The WBDC is proud to have been a resource for Yolanda and wishes her and her business the best as they both continue to grow.