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“Everything is marvelous. To be honest, words are not enough to describe it. You are an exceptional team where everyone is aligned, as if they were little ants, working to help us. That is something very nice; something that, as a customer, you appreciate.”
That’s how Yelín González begins her testimony, a Cuban small businesswoman based in Miami, wife of the also Cuban businessman, José Fernández, who was approved to receive an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) thanks to the wise advice of Rafael Marrero and his team of experts.
“I am very grateful to the whole team. They were very efficient and fast with the whole process and their help, specially at times like these, in which we are all trying to move forward in this great country,” said Fernandez after receiving such good news.
Having two simultaneous business projects since 2016, these entrepreneurs decided to put themselves in the hands of Rafael Marrero & Company to apply for the loans that the Small Business Administration (SBA) is granting because, in Yelin’s opinion, “Rafael is someone who knows a lot about this topic and does something extraordinary by helping others.”
They were right. Trucking by Fernández, a transportation company for agricultural machinery and construction materials, among other products, immediately received the first aid as an advance, as well as the approval for the EIDL.
In the meantime, YG Insurance, Yelin-led insurance company, is waiting to receive grants from Miami-Dade County. And also, along with her business partners MaYelin Hernández and Joel Méndez, from Florida Life Group, the businesswoman obtained financing from the SBA, under the advice of the prestigious consultant Rafael Marrero as well.
Yelín has been so happy with the service she received that she did not hesitate to follow through with the next phase. Parallel to the funding requests to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, this entrepreneur began the process to obtain federal certifications that will put her on the path of doing business with the United States Government.
“At all times I have felt very good. On the first day we talked, I thought: ‘Wow, what a wonderful teamwork’. To be honest, through our communications you could feel the confidence you need to be able to continue”, Yelín emphasizes.
How they carved their way
When it comes to entrepreneurship in the midst of special circumstances, undeniably we must speak of these Cubans, who decided to debut as entrepreneurs in 2016 undaunted, and did when their children arrived, currently only two and three years old.
“We started our two businesses right in the middle of all that. Despite my pregnancies, having young children and everything that comes with it, we kept going and here we are, continuing to move forward”.
With both being originally from Pinar del Río, Yelín came to the US 15 years ago, while José arrived only five years ago. Before moving into the business world, she worked as a clerk at Palacio de los Jugos, as manager at a family counseling company, and as salesperson at a telemarketing company. In his case, he worked as a product restocker at a Dollar Tree store. Today both are business owners and are closer to achieving everything they have dreamed of.
TRUCKING BY FERNANDEZ
- Transportation of agricultural products and equipment.
- Transportation of construction materials (dirt, sand, stone, asphalt, etc.).
State of Florida (Miami, Homestead, Broward, West Palm Beach, Orlando, Tampa, etc.).
- Private health insurance
- Health insurance through the Health Reform
- Life insurance (terms and Whole life with living benefits)
- Retirement Plans
- HMO plans (Medicare)
FLORIDA LIFE GROUP
- Medical Insurance