Steps to Small Business Success with Assistance

I am Michelle Trujillo Brown-Droese

I grew up in a small town in southern Colorado to a single Hispanic mom of seven kids. My mom worked two jobs as a waitress and cook (locally famous for her “rollos de canela” – cinnamon rolls) to keep us housed and fed. As the youngest of the seven kids, I was 17 when my mom passed away. I graduated high school, and became a first generation college student and graduate. I went on to complete my Master in Business Administration in Boston. This was where I discovered the tools and techniques used by big corporations to maximize success and profits. A recurring frustration overwhelmed me upon graduation – “What if my mother had someone with an MBA background to guide her; someone who helped her take her “rollos de canela” to market; who helped her figure out pricing and strategy, while helping her maximize her own unique talents?” 

MBA in hand, I set out on a mission to find the answer to this frustration

I visited local Latina owned businesses to assess needs and discovered that 9 out of 10:

  • haphazardly assigned pricing

  • described their business as barely scraping by

  • didn’t know the difference between revenue and profit

That’s when I realized what I needed to do!

I analyzed, measured and re-calculated how the costly MBA business tools could be used by smaller businesses or entrepreneurs. I formed the Latina MBA (formerly known as OWNmba) to help you, the Latina, Hispanic, immigrant and/or woman business owner/entrepreneur, to learn to use the tools taught in top-tier MBA programs. 

I have reconstructed and fine-tuned these tools over the past 11 years, with REAL business owners, so that YOU can put them to work for your business NOW and become equipped with a solid foundation to maximize your success and let your brilliance shine.



Knock Knock who’s there? CLARITY!!!!  …….. and one Ah-mazing Michelle Brown-Droese! Michelle … just helped me make sense of all my ideas and how they fit together in a way that makes sense! Thank you so much!!!!

Rita Golstein-Galperin

Founder, Author GROW Abroad, Expat Renaissance

Michelle Brown-Droese.….has become my go-to person for clarity and clear content. Over the last couple of weeks – we have spent ….. hours … together working on my business – to infuse my current business with some new fresh ideas and strategy that I want to start implementing in 2017.

Best business decision I made – investment value – PRICELESS …

I do not know where you are right now in your business, but don’t let this year go by again without clarity, strategy and focus. There is a lady called Michelle out there whose main purpose is to help you demystify all the clutter you are struggling with. If you don’t believe me, get in touch with her yourself and request a call.

Michelle is absolutely amazing. She goes above and beyond her call of duty. She is committed and I just had to share this because I know there are some things I definitely do not want to struggle with anymore especially around my message and clarity.

Lisa Chuma

Founder/CEO, TEDx Speaker, Women's Expo Switzerland

Michelle…. Thank you so much for working with me! Following your guidelines I have been able to increase my revenue by 66%!! You have been a great help!

Sara Sanchez

Child Education Specialist

Michelle is bringing the MBA home, using common sense, conversational language, and tons of heart! Connect with her; she’s a powerhouse of information!

Shannon Densmore-Townsend

Founder/CEO, Shannon Townsend Coaching

Do you know what….It was awesome to get that MBA model stamp on my business! Working with Michelle really helped pull my mindset from hobby to profit opportunities, and I love that I have the foundational blueprint that I can keep coming back to and tweaking as my business evolves. No desire to go back and study, but the MBA knowledge that would benefit me in digestible chunks? Yes please!

Marisa Niparts


 Michelle is a great resource for entrepreneurs of Boston neighborhoods! They have provided nothing but positive feedback and stress Michelle’s extensive experience and knowledge of areas affecting small business.

Max Gruner

Executive Director, East Boston Main Streets


I actually have an MBA

I have worked with business owners, entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and mompreneurs, both on-line and off-line, for over 20 years.

I am an educator and trainer:

  • I have taught classes on business topics and business tools for over 20 years.

  • I have designed and taught business courses for the state of Massachusetts.

  • I have designed and taught business courses for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice at Northeastern University and other world renown institutions.

  • I have consulted for, created business curricula, and taught for local Main Street America™ affiliates. 

I teach class lectures in Marketing as a Teaching Assistant at Harvard University Extension School


I have worked with clients across many industries including:



Online Teaching/Coach



Training and Development


Women’s Leadership


I have been featured as a small business expert and speaker at these fine institutions:

I have worked with clients from many countries across the world including:




Costa Rica





Puerto Rico


United Kingdom

United States