South Florida Client: Antonio Garcia
Prospera client Antonio Garcia owns Rock a Pan bakery in Hialeah, established in 2011. Like so many others, his business has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. In response, he has adjusted his business operations, albeit keeping the wellbeing of his employees top of mind.
Rock A Pan’s sales were significantly impacted by the closing of nearby hotels and businesses, but they’ve been able to keep their doors open and their staff employed. How has Antonio managed this? A diverse client portfolio helped. He also reduced business hours to one shift per day and, by rotating daily staff assignments, each employee gets to take home a paycheck.
This is not Antonio’s first disaster rodeo. His business was significantly impacted during Hurricane Irma when the bakery’s roof was destroyed and his inventory, equipment, building and finances were ruined. Back then, he had to start from scratch. But he rebuilt his business. Working with Prospera, Antonio diversified his service model. This time, he hopes to remain open and continue supporting his employees and their families.
Prospera recently awarded Antonio a grant for a new business plan, which he will now use to develop a post-pandemic strategy. He also received a QuickBooks grant, which he will work on to improve bookkeeping and financial processes like invoicing and inventory, to better prepare for the increase in sales once clients are back in business.