Many businesses have come and gone in the Lane County district, but one of many have tested the times and survived by remaining open. Head Start of Lane County has had an Executive Director (Annie Soto) for 24 years, and I had a chance to interview her during normal business hours and went through the many services offered at her location. Annie Soto is an astonishing person to be in charge of so many employees that love and care for children’s needs. As she stated she “helps children get ready for school and get ready for life” by quality educational services.
Head Start Provides A Variety of Services
They also screen children for hearing, vision, height, weight and provide an assessment. These are indicators of where the children’s strengths are for areas of growth. Head Start doesn’t just help the children, but also the parents get help back into the community by getting to go back to school and get better jobs in the community. And for immigrants, they help them with getting drivers licenses and such. All of these services are provided by state funding and the office of Head Start. Annie Soto is very knowledgeable about the history of Head Start of Lane County and was admiring the fact that this establishment was started in 1965 for children and their well-being. Ages run prenatal through age 5. There are 22 locations of Head Start and approximately 51 classrooms all in the Lane County district, these locations teach children of these ages the many things in life they need to get them ready for life. Head Start works with Lane County Dental to make sure the children’s teeth are treated and cleaned as well as seen by Well Child Services for the medical examination. Including up to date shots, these doctors and dentists get the children up to date medically for entering school.
Leveraging Social Media for Community Awareness
When I was interviewing Annie Soto, I brought up the topic of social media and her reaction was that social media has brought more awareness to her programs, and plans on keeping the awareness throughout the community, as we all know social media plays a big part in today’s business. Creating the awareness and support for many businesses to stay alive in tough economy’s, this program also delivers meals prepared in Head Starts Large complete kitchen to different schools in the community regulated by Head Start. Challenges that were faced by Annie Soto through the years have been that the program is funded to families and parents in the poverty levels in accordance with low incomes, and the increase in state minimum wages and sometimes parents in these levels are not eligible for the services anymore.
CSK Dynamic Ventures Supports Head Start of Lane County
These types of programs are very much regulated and micromanaged by the government but this facilities executive director feels that she is always in a learning state of mind to help families and children get through her open doors, and get the education or care needed to live a happier life in the real world. When I had brought up the topic of what would you have done differently over the years and she replied that keeping a hold on staff due to other programs has had its challenges. I had a great interview with Annie Soto, as she demonstrated great knowledge about her business and the community and the well being of children that she comes in contact with.
Elizabeth is the owner of this Panaderia Mexicana business. This business has been in Eugene, Oregon for 15 years and Elizabeth has been a worker for this business for some time and finally bought the business for her family. The products sold at this store are more common Mexican candies, breads (handmade), birthday and other events, cakes and piñatas for parties. Mostly, this store is known for their bread that is made in the store and distributed to local businesses and food trucks that service the area.
Elizabeth y su esposo son los propietarios de esta panadería, localizada en Eugene, Oregon y ha estado establecido por 15 años.
Elizabeth había sido empleada de esta panadería hasta que hace poco tiempo tuvo la oportunidad de comprarla. Los productos que se venden en esta tienda son: pan mexicano recien horneado día a día, dulces mexicanos, pasteles para cumpleaños y ocaciones especiales, además de piñatas entre otros.
This store sees a lot of different cultures and nationalities visiting the store from Florence, Roseburg and as far as Bend Oregon. People travel far just to get a taste of the special bread made by Elizabeth and family. When asked about what challenges they have encountered while running the busines she had said that, the prior owners did not advertise too much and she is taking action to advertise more, especially on the social media side and get her store name out on the market. This has been a challenge since it’s a new business for her, and she is still learning the many processes of business aspects and the many ways of free and non-free advertising in the community.
Esta panadería tiene clientes de diferentes partes del Condado de Lane, como Florence, Roseburg, y aún desde Bend, Oregon; la gente viaja sólo para saborear el rico sabor del pan hecho por Elizabeth y su familia. Cuando le pregunté qué desafíos han encontrado desde su adquisición del negocio, ella me dijo que los dueños anteriores no hacían mucha publicidad del mismo, por lo que ahora su esposo está usando el internet para poder promover su panadería y atraer a más personas de todas las culturas que viven en Eugene, Oregon. Esto es una réplica para ellos que están aprendiendo el proceso de publicidad en la comunidad en forma gratuita y no gratuita.
The other challenges Elizabeth is facing in this business is the times of heavy traffic and times where there is little or no traffic during the day. The awareness of the community was a big factor for her as well due to the offset location of the business from the busy main road. Elizabeth is determined to keep this business a float for more than the next 10 years if possible. She encourages people from all over Oregon to stop by and try her bread and see what she has to offer at her store. This business is open Monday-Sunday from 6am to 9pm 2160 11th ave. Eugene, OR 97402.
Otro reto es dar a conocer la localidad de la tienda, ya que su ubicación no está muy a la vista de la calle principal. Elizabeth es una persona muy positiva y trabajadora por lo que su negocio se mantiene y prosperara por los próximos 10 años si es posible. Ella invita a toda la comunidad en Oregon que visita su panadería y prueba su pan con auténtico sabor mexicano.
El negocio esta abierto de lunes a domingo de 6:00 a.m. a 9:00 p.m. 2160 11th ave. Eugene, OR 97402.
Maria Contreras is the owner of Tienda Y Panaderia Santiago, and has established the business for approximately 11 years. Maria works at the store with her family as a family business. Maria says that the bread she makes is just like being in Oaxaca, MX. Many customers travel from afar to get some of the hot bread she makes fresh daily. Some travel from as far as California, Washington, Salem, and Portland. Maria also sells Piñatas for big or small parties as well as other common Mexican products. Her store is full of Mexican candy to the smell of home-baked Mexican bread.
María Contreras es la dueña de la Tienda y Panadería Santiago es un negocio establecido por aproximadamente 11 años. María trabaja en la tienda con su familia como un negocio familiar. Ella dice que el pan que ella hace es como el auténtico pan Oaxaqueño. Muchos de sus clientes viajan desde lejos para probar el pan fresco y recien sacado del horno todos los días, algunos clientes vienen de California, Washington, Salem y Portland. María tambien vende Piñatas de varios tamanos para las fiestas y algunos productos mexicanos como dulces. El olor del pan recien horneado impregna su panaderia abriendo el apetito.
When talking with Maria, she said she had found an increase in sales since she has been using Facebook for her advertising. About 3 years ago, she was asked by customers if she could get other special products from Oaxaca, MX, and she said that she is researching the needs of customers and may need a bigger business as soon as business picks up. Some of the challenges she has faced through the years are when it gets hot outside, and the bread is fresh from the ovens. It’s hard to sell, so she’s thinking of some new ideas to work around some of these challenges for the store.
Cuando platicaba con María, me comentaba que ha notado un incremento en sus ventas desde que está usando el facebook para promocionarse. Aproximádamente desde hace 3 años, sus clientes le han pedido productos especiales de Oaxaca, México, ella está tomando en cuenta esto y piensa que necesita un local más grande para poder seguir satisfaciendo a sus clientes. Uno de los desafíos a los que ella se enfrenta cada año es que en la temporada de calor, el pan no es muy apetecible por lo que esta pensando en nuevas ideas para enfrentar este reto en su tienda.
The store hours are Tuesday-Saturday 7am-8pm and Sunday 7am-11am
1039 River Rd Eugene, Or 97404
Phone: (541) 461-1650
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