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Q: Tell us about your business.  What is it?


>A: (Las Chicas Del Cafe) is a small family business, owned by 2 sisters who import coffee from own small family farm in Nicaragua and other small family owned farms in same mountain area.


Q: How did you and La Luxe get started?


A: We decided to start roasting to be able to share our coffee and help other growers in the area , coffee for us is a lifestyle, something that brings families together, educate coffee lovers that coffee is so much more than a “to go” cup.


Q: What was one major obstacle you faced in the early stages of developing your company?

Las Chicas Del Cafe Coffee Products


A: Raw/green coffee is not recognized as collateral by any banks in Canada, so getting financing is very hard , which puts us at the mercy of tight cash flows. Also Mother Nature/ like any farming weather can affect your crop and growth for business in a big way.


Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to our readers (current or aspiring small business owners)? Alternatively, was is one thing you would have done differently?


A:  (Starting and running a business) is always harder than you think it will be. But you have to make sure this is what you want, at the beginning there is a lot of sacrifice and compromise. Don’t ever compromise your ethics, it is never for sale.

I would have created a yearly plan for personal growth, important to find balance between personal and business life.


Q: According to the government of Canada, for every small business that is founded, roughly 1 small business fails. Any thoughts on why this happens to small businesses?


A: In my opinion, the reason why for every small business that is founded, one small business fails is poor planning. Although optimism is a good mind frame to keep in most situations, you have to think about the what ifs and obstacles that you may face before you face them. I believe that lack of funds is the end result of a failed business, however there is a strong correlation with poor planning; making it the root of the problem.


Q: To what extent are you present online?


A: We have Facebook, twitter, instagram, website, online store. Considering starting a blog.


Q: Are there any ways in which you have had to adapt with the progression and evolution of technology?


A: Yes, as business has grown have needed to get website revamped, also added online store and electronic payment option. Keeping up with social media demands.


Val Fiallos-Soliman of Las Chicas Del Cafe

About Val

Val is one of 2 sisters who own Las Chicas Del Cafe, a fantastic coffee shop where “coffee is a true testament to craftsmanship, as it is handled and processed by hand, from the time the coffee cherries are picked to the time the beans are packaged for our consumers.”


Tracie Pietens

About Tracie Pietens

Tracie has several years of experience working in public relations, sports entertainment, online content management/optimization, and social media marketing with some of Canada's most successful corporations including: the London Knights, Sarnia Sting, and Right-to-Play.

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