National Hispanic Heritage Month at The Greenhouse
In 1968, National Hispanic Heritage Month did not exist. What was once a week-long celebration has evolved into an annual, month-long observance. Today, Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month each year, from September 15 to October 15, to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans who inspire others to achieve success. The theme for 2023 is “Todos Somos, Somos Uno: We Are All, We Are One.”
The Greenhouse joins in the national effort to acknowledge, appreciate, and uplift Hispanic business owners in our community. For National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are excited to highlight Hispanic business owners who have worked with the Greenhouse.
Meet Joseph Maisonet with iMedic Cell Repair
GH: Tell us a little about yourself and your business!
JM: My name is Joseph Maisonet, and I’m a 25-year-old Puerto Rican business owner. I was born in The Bronx, New York, and moved to Florida in 2008. I’ve been living in Saint Petersburg for about seven years. I discovered my interest in technology in middle school which turned into a passion, and eventually a business. I started iMedic Cell Repair in 2020, quit my job in late 2021, and have been building my business full-time ever since. We’re the first fully mobile cell phone repair company in Tampa Bay!
GH: What inspired you to start your business?
JM: I broke a phone a few years ago and took it to a shop in the area. They held on to it for over a week, and it didn’t work properly when I got it back. Come to find out, they had a reputation for breaking phones. It didn’t take long to notice a void in the community for a fast, convenient, and reliable repair service. The mobile aspect came about after realizing most people don’t have the time to take their devices to a shop and wait for them to get fixed.
GH: What advice would you give to others who are looking to grow their business?
JM: Investing in something that can replace your 9-5 and betting on it to win is scary, especially when you have to go all in to make it work. I would say the strongest asset to have when starting a business is unwavering self-belief, not just thinking that it could work, but knowing that it will. Don’t allow doubt to make you second guess yourself or hold yourself back. Where focus goes, energy flows. Water the positive thoughts and starve the negative ones. So long as you keep yourself on that frequency, fruitful ideas, strategies, and opportunities will present themselves to you.
GH: Please describe your experience with The Greenhouse.
JM: Working with The Greenhouse was an amazing experience. The knowledge, techniques, and resources we were provided with is information people pay hundreds of dollars for. They bring in marketing, networking, and AI experts to teach the ins-and-outs of their respective fields. Their organization is invaluable – great people with an even greater mission.
GH: Why do you think National Hispanic Heritage Month is important?
JM: I think it’s important for us to celebrate our differences, especially in a climate that’s been so divisive. Hispanic heritage is one of love, laughter, togetherness, and excellence. I love that we have a month to highlight our culture and our accomplishments.
GH: What are your future goals/plans for your business?
JM: My main focal point for the future is growth and expansion. I want to make iMedic a household name and develop systems for acquiring, training, and supporting technicians. That way, I can scale the business and branch out into different markets, starting with Central and South Florida.
MORE ABOUT IMEDIC CELL REPAIR
iMedic Cell Repair offers cell repair anywhere. They service all iPhone and Android Models, providing services such as repairing cracked screens, LCD’s, back glasses, batteries, cameras, charging ports, and more.