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SAUGUS ― An entrepreneurial — and devout — resident will introduce her very own business this Sunday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Yoscairy Raymond, owner and creator of Olive Branch Multi-Service, started this business to help her clients with immigration documents, tax preparation, certified translations, loan closings, notary-public services, and website building.
“One day, God revealed to me that you can make a business out of skills you already have,” said Raymond. “To me, it’s always been (that) I needed a trade, I needed to have a career, or a degree, or certification in this field. I never thought of doing a career with the skills I already had.”
Raymond graduated from Salem State University and became a notary for her church, Iglesia Peña de Horeb, in 2020. In 2021, Raymond saw a community need for support in other areas, like business startup, mentorship, tax preparation, access to computers or interpretations, entrepreneurial education, and more.
That’s why, in April, Raymond took a leap of faith and decided to start her own business. With the help and support from her husband and 8-year-old daughter, Raymond was able to go from a 9-to-5 job with massive college debt to her dream job: owning her own business.
Olive Branch Multi-Service does much of its work to benefit immigrant clients. The business works with an immigration forms specialist (IFS), whose job it is to help people complete immigration forms; Raymond also helps fill out and translate immigration and citizenship forms that require English-language fluency.
For the future, Raymond hopes to open a service for her community that allows guidance and mentorship to help students who can’t or don’t go to college make a career.
“This program would be for young adults who either can’t go to college, don’t want to go to college, or can’t afford to go to college, but they want to have a business,” said Raymond.
“The way I started was just being a notary,” she added.
Starting with only $20, Raymond says her faith has allowed her to push herself to take risks for her business.
She expressed that her ribbon cutting this Sunday will represent more than just the opening of her new business.
“The ribbon-cutting will represent all the sacrifices I had to make to get there; there were a lot of times where I was like ‘I can’t, I don’t have the funds, the network, the people,'” Raymond said. “There were a lot of hard decisions I had to make myself, constantly telling myself is this something I want to do.”