Don Polvoron – Hayward
Nominated by the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center
Jorge and Oscar Flores started Don Polvoron in 2006, specializing in traditional Latin American dishes and baked goods. The brothers were committed to their business; Jorge sold his house in order to raise capital to get the business off the ground. With their clientele expanding and orders pouring in almost faster than they could process them, they realized they needed some extra guidance and support to ensure their continued success. Thanks to training they received from Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, they developed a business strategy that enabled them to extend their hours and broaden their range of products.
In addition to running their business, the Flores brothers are also strong community advocates. Twice a week, the bakery hosts a free cake testing for the community, gaining new clients and adapting their cake recipes to the dietary restrictions of surrounding communities. They also conduct cake-making workshops with kindergartners from local schools, teaching students how make dough, shape and decorate cookies. For more information, visit their website at www.donpolvoronpanaderia.com