From staff reports
MAIDEN – Two small businesses in Catawba County were recognized by the North Carolina Small Business Center Network (SBCN) at its fall meeting as Fiscal 2021 Business Success Stories.
Jorge and Sara Mora’s husband and wife team were nominated for the Center of Excellence Awards by Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) Small Business Center Director Jeff Neuville. Both companies worked with the CVCC Small Business Center during their start-ups.
“Jorge and Sara have been great working with them,” said Neuville. “They participated in our free tips and workshops and put the information they received into practice to start and operate successful businesses. “
Jorge and Sara Mora immigrated to the United States from Costa Rica and are now US citizens. Jorge worked in Catawba County for 13 years while his wife was still in Costa Rica setting up his own CNC manufacturing company – PQ CNC Works, located in Maiden.
While working as a CNC operator for a local company, Jorge took machining courses at CVCC and began purchasing his own equipment for quick turnaround projects for local manufacturers. When his wife joined him in 2013, they began attending Small Business Center workshops at CVCC to learn how to start and run their own business, and they attended one-on-one counseling sessions with the Director of the Small Business Center. of CVCC.