It´s nearly tax season and as such,it´s a good time to look at your finances both personally and professionally. And if you´re a homeowner, it may be a good time to refinance to take care of those added expenses. Because the mortgage industry has become even more competitive, most brokers are looking for innovative ways to reach new customers. Let´s face it, every broker out there is working the exact same lists and calling the exact same customer base. But a base often overlooked by the mortgage industry are commercial prospects. Keep in mind that the same CEO´s and business owners running firms are also buying property. A point I made to one such mortgage broker on my trip east. Pittsburgh, Pa. based 1st Vanguard Mortgage is one such brokerage firm expanding their consumer base from traditional residential cold calls into commercial prospects with the ease of a firm poised to dominate national markets in a very short time. Always one step ahead of the game, President and Owner Oditza Carrasco has established her firm since 1999, as the premier brokerage firm not only in Pittsburgh, but throughout the US.(they’re licensed in several states including CA.). This petite, yet dynamic go getter is extremely well known, garnering awards both in the women and Latin business community. Recently nominated for a 2007 SBA Small Business Person of the Year Award, here´s what one supporter had to say"?¦
November 30, 2006
Carl B. Knoblock, District Director
U.S. Small Business Administration
Pittsburgh District Office
411 Seventh Avenue, Suite 1450
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
RE: Letter of support for Oditza Carrasco – 2007 SBA Small Business Person of the Year.
Dear Mr. Knoblock:
I welcome this opportunity to support Oditza Carrasco for the U.S Small Business Person of the Year award.
Oditza has been supporting the Small Business woman and immigrants start up, shared her experience as an entrepreneur and given valuable advice. She has been participating as a special guest on the seminars hosting by PIE (Program to Assist Immigrant Entrepreneur) at SBDC —Duquesne University.
As an entrepreneur Oditza has built a solid company showing that the success does not have language and ethnics barriers.
There are many other volunteer activities that Oditza Carrasco is involved in behalf of woman and immigrant entrepreneur. For all those reason I strongly recommend Oditza Carrasco as "2007 SBA Small Business Person of the Year".
Program to Assist Immigrant Entrepreneur —PIE
Chrysler Corporation SBDC Duquesne University
I think there are a couple of lessons to learn from 1st Vanguard.
1. Thinking outside of the box in terms of marketing strategy is a sure way to increase success.
2. Small business owners must always think – cash flow. And a mortgage may be one way to accomplish that goal.
For more information or for a quote contact:
Oditza Carrasco Founder & CEO
Top 50 Business Leader
named by Pittsburgh Post Gazette
1-888-906-1212 ext 180
1st Vanguard Mortgage Co LLC
437 Grant Street Suite 918
Pittsburgh PA 15219