Life can change quickly, which is a truth Allyce (pictured at right with Mi Casa Women’s Business Director Elena) learned firsthand after she went from earning a six-figure income and living in a 5,000 square foot home with her husband and three children, to divorced and unemployed with $34.17 in her bank account.
But Allyce has also learned that dreams do come true. After losing her job and becoming a single mother, Allyce decided to pursue her dream of starting her own business and giving back to the community. She started a concierge service and prepared meals and snacks for clients, who raved about her sweets.
The popularity of her desserts gave Allyce the dream to start a catering business specializing in baked goods. She turned to Mi Casa Women’s Business Center in order to gain the training and tools she needed to develop Delicious and Divine, an exclusive catering business of homemade quick breads and desserts.
“Mi Casa gave me the best business tool I have, which is how to determine the unique feature and benefit of your business,” said Allyce. “I learned the first step to starting a business is truly understanding the why and how behind what you want to accomplish- as well as your target market- and the rest follows.”
Allyce enrolled in Mi Casa’s comprehensive 13 week Business Success class as well as a Metropolitan State University of Denver business course through Mi Casa to develop a detailed business plan.
Holding true to her dream of giving back to the community, Allyce also went on to complete Mi Casa’s Greater Good Academy, a course focused on helping entrepreneurs build socially responsible businesses by focusing on the “triple bottom line” of people, planet, and profit. Through this class, Allyce developed a plan for pursuing her passion of helping sexual assault survivors.
Headquartered in Cherry Creek, Delicious & Divine officially launched in November 2013. A portion of all proceeds is donated to the Denver Children’s Advocacy Center, a local nonprofit supporting the survivors of childhood sexual trauma.
Allyce is currently working with Mi Casa to facilitate relationships with coffee shops to display and sell her desserts and, as a self-proclaimed “artist of baked goods,” also has plans to expand her menu options.
“When I first started taking classes at Mi Casa, the Business Director said Mi Casa Women’s Business Center is here for me as long as I need it, and that I can return for free business counseling at any time,” said Allyce. “I was amazed at the support Mi Casa provided me.”
Allyce’s experience at Mi Casa inspired her to tell others about the agency’s programs and to give back so others could experience the same support she had.
“I was so touched by the support I received that I told Mi Casa’s Business Director I would one day give back to Mi Casa and that I would be a spokesperson in the community for the agency,” said Allyce.
Four years later, Allyce did just that through hosting a Delicious and Divine Open House Scholarship Fundraiser at Mi Casa Resource Center. The event was open to the community, and a silent auction featuring local artisans benefited Mi Casa Women’s Business Center.