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Transition from Layoffs to a New Career: A Mesa Business Owner’s Journey


Apr 3, 2024

When the pandemic caused Marina Flores to lose her corporate job of nearly two decades, she was forced to get creative to make ends meet. Turning her side hustle of making shave ice into a full-time job, Flores operated from a trailer for four years, eventually partnering with local schools to support their students and programs. Through this partnership, she was able to give back to the community while building her dream.

Now, after years of hard work and determination, Flores is finally opening her own brick-and-mortar shave ice store in Mesa. Located near where she grew up, this new venture is a symbol of resilience and perseverance. Flores wants to inspire entrepreneurs of all ages to take a chance on themselves, emphasizing that it is never too late to start over and pursue a new career.

Marina’s Fresh Fruit Shave Ice will offer not only delicious treats but also a story of determination and success. By sharing her experience of overcoming adversity and pursuing her passion, Flores hopes to empower others to follow their dreams, no matter their circumstances.

By editor

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