‘Surround yourself with positive people’
Named “Minority Small Business Champion of the Year” in 2016 by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Vobecky credits much of her business success to advice she received from Bryan Moeller, Wells Fargo’s small business manager for Los Angeles.
Moeller met with Vobecky and explained the importance of reallocating money to pay down short-term debt so she’d better qualify for the larger loans and lines of credit needed to grow her business. Within a few months of following that guidance, her improved balance sheet enabled her to secure the financing she needed.
“I didn’t really know the difference between how to manage the long-term debt versus short-term debt, and that education from Bryan was crucial to helping me move my business forward,” Vobecky said.
Today, Vobecky is dedicated to giving back and making a difference in her local small business community. She mentors aspiring and new small business owners on a variety of topics, including how to leverage resources to build their businesses and how to network with potential customers.
“My advice for other small business owners,” she continued, “is to learn as much as you can, and don’t work as much in your business as much as on your business. To help foster growth, surround yourself with positive people who have your best interests at heart, be positive yourself, and never give up.”