Some people start their own business because they want to be their own boss. Others do it for the flexible hours. Maria “Carolyn” Cagat started her own business because she wanted to help people.
As a nursing student at Hawaii Pacific University, Cagat has always had a desire to help others. Her passion stemmed from her many visits to the Philippines where she would witness the work that Children’s Ministries Network did helping youth to reach their full potential. That experience inspired her to do the same for those in her community.
“If I can give someone a job, that makes me happy,” says Cagat. “That’s also why I went to nursing school. I’m able to help people, which I think is the most important thing you can do with your life – help others.”
In her two years with the Coverall® System, Cagat has operated her business to employ a staff of more than 10 and currently has customers ranging in scope from restaurants and commercial buildings to high-end resorts and medical facilities. She credits this not only to her willingness to help others, but the training she received from her mentors.
For Cagat, training and communication help ensure high quality work and great customer service, which is why she personally spends time with each employee to ensure that their work is consistent and that they’re always delivering quality service. Cagat also believes that developing strong relationships along the way aids in creating longstanding business relationships. She often visits the Coverall Support Center where she takes the lessons she has learned firsthand in the field and shares them with others.