Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dr. Argelis Ortiz, Founder of silegra, located in Los Angeles, CA, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

Our focus is to empower clients in optimizing opportunities and support them in addressing emerging challenges pertaining to strategy and partnerships, communications/marketing, organizational management, leadership transformation, mergers & acquisitions, and sustainability across all industries.

Tell us about yourself

I am a compassionate executive leader who is passionate and eager to move into a progressive higher education institution to apply my two decades of direct social work experience, four years of graduate teaching experience, and ten years in organizational development, direct management, and fiscal oversight. Cultivator of strengths-based and outcomes-oriented team culture to achieve the largest community and organizational impact.

I obtained my Bachelor of Arts, Creative Arts from San José State University (1999), an MSW (2010), and an Education Doctorate (2018) from the University of Southern California.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Being able to work with amazing colleagues!

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

You eat what you hunt!

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Identify the intersection of your niche and passion.
  2. Meet with other entrepreneurs in your desired field to learn from.
  3. Don't think, do! (start on your business).

Where can people find you and your business?


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