The MBA Entrepreneur – State Café and Grill

1 Aug 2011 by Tina Hicks, No Comments »

From the time he was a boy growing up in the Dominican Republic, Juan Martinez always wanted to be an entrepreneur.  After moving to the United States, Juan worked in the banking industry to gain knowledge and a basic understanding of finance.  Realizing an MBA was the next logical step for him in pursuing his goal, he researched DeSales University’s offerings and decided on the Self-Design concentration.   He was delighted to learn that the flexibility of the self-design concentration would allow him to tailor his classes to benefit his entrepreneurial aim.

“The faculty members were very knowledgeable…and not just book smart,” Juan remarked.  Within the MBA program, he was exposed to faculty with real world experience – corporate, entrepreneurial, etc. – all with a variety of backgrounds from project management to finance.  Juan was pleased, saying, “My classmates were all from different industries with different perspectives and knowledge.”  As a result, the program allowed him to develop a strong foundation in preparation to start his own business.

Juan realized his dream shortly after graduation when he had the opportunity to purchase and re-open the State Café and Grill in Easton, PA.  Together with his wife, Melanie, they created a new menu and atmosphere for the restaurant, including outdoor dining. 

This past May, the State Café and Grill celebrated its one-year anniversary; however, Juan Martinez isn’t sitting back and relaxing!  He and Melanie are diligently working on their next project – Don Juan Mex Grill – which they plan to open in Fall 2011!  The new restaurant will offer great food at reasonable prices similar to a Chipotle Grill, except with the Martinez touch that adds a little something extra to make the food even more delicious.  Don Juan will be located near Lafayette College which will provide the students with an affordable enjoyable dining alternative.

We offer our congratulations to Juan and Melanie Martinez for the success of their first venture and our best wishes for continued success with their brand new venture – Don Juan Mex Grill!


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