Indianapolis entrepreneur Marilyn Villagran understands that running a successful business takes a community of support. In her early years of entrepreneurship, Marilyn found herself looking for guidance to help build her graphic design business primarily serving the Latino community. However, after observing some of the difficulties her friends, family, and clients were experiencing in the Latino business community, Marilyn felt a desire to serve them in a new and different way. Through building her own app, La Guia Indy, Marilyn hopes to show English-speaking, Spanish-speaking and bilingual Latinos in Indy, how many Latino-owned businesses and services are out there, since some aren’t easily found online.
La Guía Indy is bilingual app for the Latino market in Indy, providing contacts to local businesses, help and resources, events, jobs and much more. La Guía Indy encourages the Latino community to be informed, learn and grow at the reach of their fingertips.
Marilyn took advantage of the Indy Chamber’s mentoring and business coaching services through Business Ownership Initiative to help grow her business with support and encouragement. To Marilyn, entrepreneurship is “a long journey and it’s a journey that feels like a roller coaster ride, but it’s like the best ride of your life… especially if you do it the right way and get the best advice.” From business luncheons and corporate events to community festivals and tech events, you’ll find Marilyn building La Guía Indy, one connection at a time.
Learn more about the Indy Chamber’s services for entrepreneurs at Indychamber.com/entrepreneurship.