Maria Rivera Brown, Founder of JaMaPro
“When banks said, ‘no’ Dorchester Bay said, ‘yes’!”
In 2011, Maria found herself at a crossroad. She was doing well in her demanding job, but she felt unfulfilled and underappreciated. She saw promise in herself and wanted more for her family. In October that year, Maria launched her commercial cleaning company, JaMaPro, while continuing to work full-time.
A little more than a year later, JaMaPro was growing. Maria quit her full-time job to devote more time and effort into her venture. As the business continued to thrive, Maria needed capital to meet the needs of the business. Maria sought investments from major banks, but they denied her funding. Maria learned that Dorchester Bay provided financial assistance to startups and growing businesses, so she applied for a loan. Maria was approved.
When big banks denied her, Maria came to Dorchester Bay. JaMaPro is now in its sixth year in businesses and employs about one dozen people. “I want you to know that your help matters to entrepreneurs like me,” said Maria. “It matters because when banks said ‘no’, Dorchester Bay said, ‘yes!’”