People You Should Know – Elizabeth Davis

Nuts and Cows & Mi Cocina by the Hour

LElizabeth Davisooking at a building in Mexico for a business, she realized it would make a great restaurant. Elizabeth Davis has bravado. She didn’t cook and wasn’t quite sure how to open a business, but that didn’t stop her. She went to the local Coca-Cola plant, and through her passion in what she believed would be a terrific business, she convinced them to paint her building and give her equipment,  tables and chairs.

Opening her restaurant led her to a ten year catering business that eventually fed up to 4,000 people a day in factories’ cafeterias.

“I learned to hire multi-functional employees and focused on building a strong team, taking care of them and their lives,” Davis said.

Coming to McAllen, Davis decided once again to tackle the business world, this time with pecans, and created Nuts and Cows.

Davis won the Chamber’s Business Plan competition in 2014, and was an Innovations Grant winner for 2015. Now Elizabeth has been awarded the 2016 District and Regional Minority Small Business Champion of the Year by the Small Business Administration and is one of the winners of Mission’s Ruby Red Ventures 2016.

Opening Mi Cocina by the Hour, an incubator kitchen type of business, she continues following her passion of helping others succeed by helping them face their fears of failure to become successful.

“To me, it’s not about the money or skills. It’s about their passion in what they are doing,” Davis said. “When I see that in a client of Mi Cocina by the Hour I feel so excited. I really love helping them understand that if I can do it, they can do it too.”

Teaching her renters the importance of quality of product, strong business practices, taking care of your team, and a willingness to bring it all together with passion is what drives this dynamic woman.

Over and over, she has proven she is a winner and more than worthy to be followed.