Intentionality with Dominique Featuring Michel Zajur of Virginia Hispanic Chamber

Michel Zajur

Welcome to another episode of Intentionality with Dominique with your host Dominique Simpson Milton, sponsored by The Carolinas-Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council. In today’s segment, we are joined by Michel Zajur, Founder & CEO of Virginia Hispanic Chamber.

The mission of this show is to improve the success rate of entrepreneurs and their businesses by sharing the strategies and tactics of successful suppliers.

The Virginia Hispanic Chamber: A Testament to Community Building

The episode begins with the inspiring origin story of the Virginia Hispanic Chamber, founded by Michel Zajur. Michel’s inadvertent journey from running a popular Mexican restaurant to spearheading an influential chamber embodies the essence of entrepreneurial spirit and community service. This narrative isn’t just about a transition from hospitality to advocacy – it’s a lesson in seeing and seizing opportunity, even when unplanned.

Key Services That Empower

The Chamber offers a multifaceted arsenal of services, indicating a deep understanding of the nuanced needs of minority business enterprises. From zero-interest, no-collateral loans to invaluable SEO help and support for international business ventures, it’s evident that a tailored approach to empowerment resonates throughout their strategy. These offerings underscore a truth often overlooked: access to resources and information equates to power in the business realm.

The Role of Certifications and Strategic Partnerships

A significant focus of the episode is the power of certification and the strategic alliances that minority businesses can leverage to scale and integrate into broader supply chains. The conversation unveils how certifications, often seen as bureaucratic hurdles, are in reality golden tickets to opportunities with giants like Walmart.

Moreover, the collaboration between the Virginia Hispanic Chamber and CVMSDC exemplifies strategic networking’s transformative impact. This alignment not just enriches service portfolios but also amplifies their outreach to diverse business owners, effectively doubling down on their commitment to economic inclusion.

Future Directions and Concluding Thoughts

Dominique’s invitational tone towards the end segues into a roadmap for minority enterprises wishing to navigate the procurement landscape effectively. The mention of BOC’s upcoming panel discussions, matchmaking, and training opportunities serves as a reminder of the ongoing journey towards sustained growth and success. It reiterates the episode’s core message: being intentional about who you connect with, and how, can ascend your business to unprecedented heights.

Key Takeaways

  1. Opportunity Resides in Unlikely Places: Michel’s journey illustrates that the seeds for a potentially groundbreaking business or initiative often lie in one’s current engagements. Stay vigilant and open to transformation.
  2. Empowerment Through Tailored Services: The diverse range of services offered by the Virginia Hispanic Chamber highlights the importance of understanding and addressing specific challenges faced by minority businesses.
  3. Certification as a Door-Opener: Certifications are not just badges of honor but actual keys that open doors to large-scale business opportunities and collaborations.
  4. Strategic Partnerships Amplify Impact: Collaborating with like-minded organizations like CVMSDC not only enhances the service offerings but also propels both entities toward shared goals of inclusive economic growth.
  5. Stay Informed and Engaged: Continued success hinges on being consistently involved with advocacy groups, staying abreast of upcoming events, and leveraging every training and networking opportunity.

Dominique and Michel’s insights from this episode of Intentionality underscore a universal truth in business: Success is not merely about what you know or who you are – it’s profoundly about who knows you and the strategic alliances you forge along your journey.

Aspiring and established minority business owners alike are encouraged to take advantage of platforms like the Virginia Hispanic Chamber and CVMSDC, for within these communities lies an unparalleled reservoir of support, learning, and opportunities ripe for the taking.

Visit cvmsdc.org for more resources on supplier diversity and to connect with a community dedicated to intentional business growth. Remember, in the words of Dominique Simpson Milton, “we must always, always remain intentional to gain knowledge, skills, and connections so we can grow and thrive in business.”

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