2022 Governors Small Business Award Winners
On May 5th, your El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2022 Governor’s Small Business Series – El Paso. During the ceremony, the Office of the Governor of Texas celebrated and honored the following five outstanding entrepreneurs for their valuable contributions made to our city and the state.
These five honorees showed true grit during the pandemic by staying positive and profitable during the pandemic. They have become role models of innovation in El Paso.
Crystal Cholewa, owner of Xtreme Core Fitness, lost 70% of her members during the start of the Covid pandemic. However, this did not deter her. She began hosting online workouts, renting out her equipment, and opening a kitchen offering prepared meals and smoothies; all to keep her business and her employees.
Monica Moreno, president of The Job Connection & Outsource Connection, helped El Pasoans get back on their feet during the shutdown. Showing the utmost commitment to her clients, she guided and prepared them towards finding new jobs.
Laura Rayburn, owner of Foliage Hair Salon and Day Spa did not waiver in her commitment to her employee’s economic wellbeing. She did everything she could to provide work to her employees by transforming her business into a Covid-safe workplace. Furthermore, she also expanded and created Laura’s Productions, a talent and modeling agency that promotes local events.
Omar Veliz, president of Veliz Construction has shown our business community what positivity and resilience truly mean. In the face of a slowed-down economy and massive supply chain issues, he not only kept his company afloat but also opened a second location in Austin, TX.
DeMarco Wren, CEO of JDC Energy Resource follows the example of our nation’s top environmentalists. His product, the Speed Joule, an energy saver came at a time when many needed it most. Besides it being eco-friendly, it has helped El Pasoans save money during the pandemic when energy consumption at home was way above the average levels.