First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Mirierci González: We are doing good, all of us taking care in the spaces we are working in and taking care of others. Besides the crisis, we are trying to stay calm and do the best for all of our mental health.
Tell us about you, your career, how you joined Venture.
Mirierci González: I studied Marketing at Universidad Católica Nordestana, and I graduated in 2017. I started working in an NGO, and in this way, I got my first touch with the entrepreneurial Ecosystem in the Dominican Republic. Two years later, I told Jorge Vargas, our CEO, that I want to change the thing I have been doing, and I got the opportunity to work in Venture, and I can’t be more grateful for it. Now I’m Project Manager.
How does Venture innovate?
Mirierci González: We run mentoring, programs, and consulting. We keep all of our operations on track. We also innovate by running our mentoring, programs, and consultants all in digital. Furthermore, we show the ecosystem that digital programs work pretty well and can get amazing results.
How the coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?
Mirierci González: With the pandemic, most of our projects to run and consultancies to be executed were canceled or moved to the following year. Likewise, some of the ventures within our portfolio closed their doors because they could not continue fighting.
We continue to carry out and transform our remaining programs and give all the necessary support to all those undertakings that continued and still continue in the battle because it is the contribution that we can all make to continue giving the best of ourselves to continue supporting more entrepreneurs.
Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?
Mirierci González: Yes, in the midst of the pandemic, we had to decide what actions to take to move forward. We have learned that there are painful decisions but that they are necessary, and that things are being accommodated, and that effort and patience are required.
How do you deal with stress and anxiety?
Mirierci González: To reduce stress and anxiety in these circumstances, it is best to be able to walk in open spaces, enjoy moments in which to disconnect so that the levels return to normal.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Mirierci González: We have several competitors depending on each area we work in, but we could mention Pretty busy Club, Leadership in Heels. We will stay in the game by transforming ourselves a little, making people know us a little more (we do little publicity), and offering the best of ourselves to each of the entrepreneurs, programs, and consultancies we have to work with.
Your final thoughts?
Mirierci González: This pandemic teaches us that things can change and that we also need to change and transform ourselves, without losing the strength of things because all are going to be fine. Let’s be strong.