EICC Success Story: Joe Gomez

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EICC_works_joe“If I Could Do This, YOU Can Do This”

Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez is the proud owner of his own business – a busy restaurant in Davenport with a growing reputation for fresh, flavorful authentic Mexican food. But, Joe’s future didn’t always look this bright. And he’s the first one to tell you that. “I didn’t always make the best choices or decisions. Too often, I really didn’t care about other people and did what I wanted to do without always thinking about the consequences,” he says. “Looking back, that led me to years of my life that were just wasted and not something I could be proud of.” The good news? Joe made a decision to turn his life around. Which led him to the Culinary program at Scott Community College. “My instructors there really believed in me. They gave me a chance,” he adds. And, oh boy, what he’s done with it! “My cousin and I worked together to open this restaurant,” Joe explains. “He had some experience in the food business. All I had was a love for cooking, my experience through my education and apprenticeship with the SCC Culinary Arts program (Joe graduated with an A.A.S degree) and a real desire to build something successful.” Together with support from family and others, Los Primos now employs 8 people and is enjoying a growing business in its first year and a half in operation. “Getting my degree wasn’t easy – I had to work hard and really commit to making it work,” he says. “I was so happy and so proud on the day I graduated. Now I put those feelings into my business – doing something I love and making people feel good to be here. I want everyone to know: If I can do this, YOU can do this.”

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