In Mesa, AZ, a woman turned her layoff into an opportunity to make her dream come true. Marina Flores, who had worked in corporate America for nearly two decades, found herself out of a job when the pandemic hit. With bills to pay, she had to find a creative solution to make ends meet.

Flores turned her shave ice party into her full-time job and worked out of a trailer for four years. She built her business by establishing partnerships with local schools, earning money from the students and then giving them a percentage of the profits. This helped her grow her business and connect with her community.

Now, after years of hard work and perseverance, Flores is opening her own shave ice shop near the area where she grew up in Mesa. This new chapter in her life testifies to the idea that there is always something good that can come out of challenging situations.

Flores hopes her journey will inspire entrepreneurs of all ages to bet on themselves and pursue their passions. Despite losing her job in her 40s, she was able to start a new career and build a successful business from the ground up. Marina’s Fresh Fruit Shave Ice will be a place where the community can come together and enjoy a sweet treat while supporting a local entrepreneur.

By Samantha Johnson

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