Meet Alexa Alcala, an entrepreneur and wholesome food advocate that recently relocated to the Verde Valley. With a master’s degree in fine arts, Alcala has been in the restaurant business for over 30 years. Her new business Gaia Bowls’ specialty product is the Honey Nut Granola made with gluten free oats, raw peanut butter, and Arizona cat claw honey from Bisbee, Arizona.
In December 2020, the Small Business Development Center launched the Small Business Makeover. Nearly, 9 months after that Launch, the SBM is celebrating the first 2 winners selected for the makeover of a lifetime.
In the wake of the pandemic, the Yavapai College SBDC Small Business Makeover Program supports economic recovery.
Members of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) team have been actively consulting with the Small Business Makeover Program (SBM) participants since the approval and distribution of CARES Act funds in late 2020. These funds were allocated to support businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and have been essential to the recovery of companies in our northern Arizona communities and across the country, specifically those in rural Arizona.
An interview with Marlo Johnson, Owner of Oak Creek Arts and Crafts Show and participant in Yavapai College SBDC’s Small Business Makeover Program
Oak Creek Arts and Crafts Shows offer fun, festive, outdoor events ongoing throughout the year where you can speak directly to the local artists that make their wares. From pottery and photography to American Indian jewelry, home décor, and glassware, the shows founder and director Marlo Johnson creates an interactive experience not just sales and retail – “The face to face interaction at these art shows is different than what we are experiencing in the digital world,” Marlo said, “People are craving the social aspect of my shows and meeting the people behind the products.” In addition to fine arts and crafts, the shows are spattered with food vendors, tarot card reading, live music, palmistry, and self-care products. These shows are more like festivals, not simply art shows!
Body Bliss™ owners Pamela Sculthorp and Jennifer Rivera were surprised last week by members of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) team and other economic development leaders with the news of their business’ selection as the next Makeover of a Lifetime winner.