As the vibrant colors of fall become our surroundings, we also embrace the rich tapestry of Hispanic culture during Hispanic Heritage Month. This annual celebration, spanning from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, offers a beautiful opportunity to honor the contributions of Hispanic Americans and the diversity that defines our local communities.

At Accessity, we’re proud to join in this celebration of heritage, history, and creativity. Join us as we delve into the richness of Hispanic culture, sharing these stories that highlight the incredible achievements of four Accessity-funded Hispanic-owned businesses:


Mirna Guardiola started her handbag business Mujerbrave after graduating from the Academia de Accessity, a 10-week training course for Latinas to learn how to start a business, which was supported by the Eva Longoria Foundation. Mujerbrave offers elegant and colorful leather bags featuring handmade embroidery. She came to Accessity to purchase inventory and continues to be involved in the Academia program, providing her expertise to aspiring entrepreneurs.  



Cake Boss alum Jose Barajas, his brother Miguel Barajas, and his sister-in-law Stevie Bowlin, a restaurant industry veteran, worked together to open their storefront bakery, Mmm…Cakes. They wanted to open a business where Jose could reach his full creative potential and Stevie could offer her unique perspective to run a successful and exciting bakery, so they came to Accessity for start-up funding. They found a space in downtown Chula Vista on historic Third Ave. Mmm…Cakes opened its doors in October 2021 to much fanfare. Mmm…Cakes offers custom and ready-made cakes, breakfast-and lunch-inspired savory Danishes, and an assortment of specialty desserts.

Deseo Studios

Serena Cuevas, the founder of Deseo Studios, began with just six local dancers in San Diego County. Her Latin nightclub-inspired style quickly gained international recognition, leading to 15 years of touring and commercial success. To realize her dream of opening a dance studio, Serena turned to Accessity for financing, which covered rent and marketing expenses. This enabled her to hire additional staff, supporting 11 instructor jobs for both youth and adults. Today, her business thrives, offering classes, private events for various age groups, and venue rentals for weddings and birthdays.


The Chocolate Bar

Luis Ernesto Sanchez Herrera owns The Chocolate Bar, a dessert bar and sweet shop established inOntario in 2019. Inspired by his experience at a food distribution company and his wife’s passion for chocolate, Luis ventured into the industry. He started his first business, Heavenly Nuts and Sweets, which he expanded to open The Chocolate Bar, providing a storefront and an expanded menu of crepes, Mexican coffees, ice cream, and other delectable desserts. With the help of Accessity, he expanded his business with a new location in Highland in 2023.


As Hispanic Heritage Month ends on Oct. 15, let’s carry the spirit of celebration and appreciation forward. The stories we’ve explored here are just glimpses into the accomplishments and experiences that define the Hispanic community. We hope learning about these remarkable individuals and their contributions can foster a deeper understanding and connection between cultures.