Inspiring small business owners to dream

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Kavir Ramos and other Iowa residents from more than 35 countries are using skills they learned at the Wells Fargo-supported Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit conference to grow their small businesses.

Kavir Ramos is continuing a family tradition started many years ago by his grandmother at her home in Chihuahua, Mexico — tortilla making.

Tortilleria Chihuas, Ramos’ tortilla factory in Iowa City, is one of thousands of diverse-owned companies thriving in Iowa in part because of lessons learned at the Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit— a statewide conference offering participants finance, legal, marketing, and other business education as well as the chance to compete for cash to further grow their businesses.

As the latest winner of the summit’s Underwriting Exposed contest, Ramos used the $5,000 prize he received from Wells Fargo to upgrade to resealable packaging, keeping his tortillas fresher for customers who find his products in chain grocery stores, Mexican grocery stores, and restaurants.

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