Omar Carmona, founder of Carmona Law, never imagined he would launch his own business.
"My goal was always to work for an established firm after law school," he said. "I joined a firm after law school that dissolved shortly after a year, which left me with the choice to start a firm or quickly join another. A good friend of mine also worked at that firm and since the market for finding a legal job was not strong then, we started our own firm. Several years later, due to difference in professional direction, I decided to do something different and leave that firm to start my own firm."
Carmona Law is a full-service law firm that is popular in the Hispanic community because of Carmona's requirement that every staff member and attorney speak Spanish. When Carmona struck out on his own, he enlisted the assistance of Prospera.
"We got help from Prospera with our business plan and finance department," Carmona said. "On the business plan side, it was an eye opener because we were trying to do a lot of things at once and it helped us consolidate and prioritize items. Because our mentor asked lots of questions, it made us think outside the box and get aligned with what the ultimate goal is."
Carmona's advice for aspiring entrepreneurs is to follow your gut after researching the decision. "Just do it," he said. "If you want to, and feel the need, just get it done and make the jump even if you fall down a cliff. However, do some research before you jump to see exactly how high the cliff is."