Griselda Rendon contributed to this blog.
From doing nails by appointment in her home to buying her own salon, Veronica Ramos is a prime example of a successful entrepreneur.
Owner of Blossom Beauty Salon in Grand Island, Nebraska, Veronica’s specialty is nails—manicures, pedicures, and more. Her sister, Angeles Nuñez, does nails in the salon as well, and Veronica rents the four hair-styling stations to local stylists, making her business a full-service salon.
Although years of hard work, determination, and planning moved Veronica closer to her goal of having her own salon, she also received assistance from the Center for Rural Affairs. After her other sister, Ana Gonzalez, worked with the Center to open a bakery, Veronica decided to take advantage of the organization’s services as well. She used start-up financing to open Blossom Beauty Salon in a storefront next door to The Enchanted Bakery.
“Working with the Center has been a very good experience—I’ve really enjoyed the process,” Veronica said. “Center staff have provided excellent service.”
The nail technician has also used financing from the Center to help pay bills and buy additional equipment to assist in growing her business.
Center for Rural Affairs Latino Loan Specialist Griselda Rendon has been by Veronica’s side since the beginning and guided both her and her sister through the process of becoming successful business owners.
“She is very talented in what she does and is always looking for ways to make sure her customers are 100% satisfied,” said Griselda. “Veronica likes to prepare herself as a person and as a business owner.”
Because she and her sister have had such wonderful experiences and continue to use the Center’s training programs and services, Veronica has gone out of her way to recommend the Center to other entrepreneurs and business owners who may need a little extra assistance.
“The Center helps a lot of people,” she said. “They offer so much information that helps small businesses grow. I’m really happy that I’m working with them. I love having my salon, and it is off to a good start because of the Center.”
At a glance
Blossom Beauty Salon
416 N. Eddy
Grand Island, NE 68801
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday and Monday, closed