Serving Up Dreams with Maria

Maria | FSET Success Story

No dream is too big or unachievable. Maria proves that you can achieve whatever you set your mind to if you’re willing to put in the work. She has set out to open her own bed and breakfast.

Waking Up with a Dream

Chasong, a caseworker with Forward Service Corporation, began working with Maria through the FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) program. The two of them focused on finding a form of self-employment that allowed her to use her creativity, wisdom, and education to create a passive income while she trained and educated herself in various financial and business courses.

It became clear that Maria was interested in community involvement, family relations, money management, life skills, and other areas that she felt would contribute to her future business. This allowed Chasong to identify partners that would help her on her journey.

The Right Ingredients

The FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) program has provided Maria essential services to help her achieve her dream. They provided her with supportive services for transportation, vouchers for new interview clothing, and helped supplement the registration fee for the Sheboygan Visual Arts Center-a membership that earned Maria 16 hours of volunteerism. They even funded a laptop for these activities.

Chasong also connected Maria with the Sheboygan Economic Development for entrepreneurship opportunities, Sheboygan Visual Art Association to open marketing opportunities, Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce that supports small business projects, SCORE for mentorship, and SBA Banks to help build her credit.

There’s No ‘Quit’ in ‘Quaint’

The dream of her bed and breakfast drove every step of Maria’s journey. In addition to FSET, she enrolled in the Department of Workforce Development’s Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) program and has been taking courses on business management, marketing, and accounting. She has been meeting with contractors, health and human services, and banks to make her dream come true. Moreover, she might explore a few accounting services as well. She can get additional assistance with tax filing, bookkeeping, and benefits like rebates on business taxes, etc., by hiring a tax accountant. One can easily find an accountant through google (perhaps search for tax consultants near me) to avail services.

As for her passive income, she has been selling her artwork at the John Michael Kohler Art Center and Sheboygan Visual Art Association, and has engaged with National Publisher to self-publish her own book which can now be purchased on Amazon. A quote on the back of the book seems appropriate:

“Maria believes that solid, earnest effort, even in creative endeavors matter to the world because though we may be similar we each have our own songs to sing, our own blossoms to bear and our own flavor to contribute.”

She hopes to open her bed and breakfast soon. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to make a reservation. Congratulations, Maria!

Maria Benefitted from the Following Programs: