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Grant helps Tapia start business

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’Tis the season when an unexpected get-away may arise, leaving homeowners struggling to find childcare for their furry friends or house-sitting services so homes look occupied while away.
Los Alamos Middle School, eighth grade student Esperanza Tapia is here to save the day (or the week), with the help of the Los Alamos Youth Business Grant Program.
The 13-year-old has turned her passion for childcare into a family-friendly, one-stop service.
“I have been pet sitting and babysitting for a few years for family, friends and neighbors,” said Tapia, who is the proud owner of a dog, cat and (very soon) of a Havana rabbit.
In addition to her pet and house sitting duties, the teen who enjoys the performing arts and sings, dances, acts and plays the piano, when not playing tennis or spending time with friends.
When Tapia’s mom showed her the flyer for the YBGP Program, she decided having her own business for the summer would be a great idea.
“I am very interested in learning to manage all the responsibilities involved in owning a small business,” Tapia said. “ I believe that I have great customer service skills and I believe the Youth Business Grant is a great way to strengthen these skills.”


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