We had the good fortune of connecting with Jessica Sotolongo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jessica, looking back, what do you think was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?
I would say the most difficult decision I ever had to make was leaving a well paying job to start my own business. In this job, that I had prior to having my business, financially, it was great but whenever I entered those doors and I sat in my desk… there was this urge to help people and educate them, and at the time I wasn’t given the resources to do so. Once I found those resources, I decided to leave everything behind and start my business.
What should our readers know about your business?
What sets us apart from other credit businesses is that we don’t just listen to our clients we put ourselves in their shoes. Many of our clients have bad credit because of a situation they went through at the time, we are here to listen and to offer them a helping hand. The most important thing we do as a company is educate our clients. We want to prepare our clients for any situation they come across when it comes to their credit. Many of our clients enter our office knowing very little about credit but when they leave, they are fully equipped for their future goals with their credit. I am most proud about my experience, I have more than fifteen years of experience and my company itself turned six years old last year. Something that will always motivate and amaze me is how my clients reach out to their friends and family and make them clients of ours. We work by referrals, and it is our priority to do a proper job for everyone. I grew to where I am with a lot of perseverance, patience, and a lot of faith. Even when I had major obstacles in front of me, I was able to come on top and push through for my team and my clients. A big lesson that I have learned is to never stop believing in my profession and never stop believing in myself. What I want the world to know about me is that I came to this country as an immigrant, and I was an immigrant for fifteen years. I was born in Guatemala, and I came to the United States when I was fourteen. While in this country as an immigrant many doors were closed for me, and it seemed as if there was no light for me to follow. Now as a businesswoman I have made myself my own light and I strive to be the light for future immigrants and businesswomen. My brand is all about helping everyone, people that have recently entered this country, people who just turned eighteen, and anybody with a goal to better their financial situation.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Monday- I would take my friend to Dolphin mall, so they can get some cute outfits for the week ahead, we would also choose one of the many restaurants to have some lunch Tuesday- We would head south to Homestead and eat some typical Mexican food; we’d call it Typical Taco Tuesday and drive through Chrome Ave. to see the agriculture and the farms
Wednesday- We would visit the Everglades and go on an airboat tour for a wild adventure.
Thursday- We would go to Bayside in the morning and then have a yummy Cuban dinner at La Carreta
Friday- We would book a hotel closest to South Beach, that faces the ocean
Saturday- We would spend the day at the beach, at night we would walk all of Ocean Dr. and Collins Ave to see the city night life
Sunday- Lastly, we would have brunch at La Industria, Nicky Jam’s restaurant in Bayside, after our brunch we would go and visit the Frost Museum of Science
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a shout out to my team in InterCredit Solution, for always being there for the good times and the bad times. They are innovative, and always thinking about how to grow more as company. When I have a wild idea they are always there to back me up!
Eddie Lara Ronald Dell’ Acqua