Marjorie Silva’s baking business began 16 years ago when she made her son’s first birthday cake. The Dalmatian themed cake was such a hit with guests that many started paying her to bake cakes for special occasions.
Marjorie, a native of Peru, later immigrated to America with cake pans in her suitcase and the goal of starting her own bakery. After working in a bakery for five years, she started Azucar Bakery, specializing in cakes and Peruvian pastries.
Her business soon grew too large to operate out of her home. Looking to expand, she approached a bank for a loan and was asked for a business plan.
“I had no idea what a business plan was, so I was referred to Mi Casa,” said Marjorie. “And Mi Casa worked with me to develop a plan that ended up really impressing the bank.”
“Mi Casa taught me a lot about marketing,” said Marjorie, “and also connected me to community resources to help my business grow.”
As her business has grown, Azucar Bakery has received widespread media coverage from the Denver Business Journal, Denver Post, 5280 Magazine, Viva Colorado, Fox 31, 9News and more. Azucar Bakery has also been named Best of Weddings by the knot for the past 3 years.
Azucar Bakery relocating to a larger space again last year, and recently expanded to include homemade ice cream as well as coffee and pastries for morning commuters. In the future, Marjorie would like to franchise the coffee and pastry side of Azucar Bakery.
“I’m always dreaming,” said Marjorie.
Marjorie’s advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to practice patience and follow your passion, rather than get-rich quick dreams. She said her business training at Mi Casa gave her a realistic view of what it takes to start a business and what to expect.
“Mi Casa’s Business Success class is a great program,” said Marjorie, who also wants to attend one of Mi Casa’s social media workshops for business owners. As she said, “There is always more to learn.”