Laura English, a part-time resource teacher, part-time business owner, and full-time mother, knows how to throw a party. She owns Make it a Blast, a growing event planning business in San Diego.

Inspired by her oldest daughter’s first birthday, she created the business to organize festive birthday parties for kids but has expanded to organize large scale events as well as supply rental equipment thanks to Accion’s partnership with The Hartford. Looking for capital, she reached out to Accion San Diego and is now connecting local shops, students, families and organizations to help serve, connect and engage the San Diego community.

We traveled to San Diego for a photo shoot in late April with Laura in La Jolla, about 20 minutes from downtown San Diego not too far from the water with palm trees all around. When we arrived, she had all of her different activities and equipment ready to show us how she plans events that range from local schools’ Fall festivals to corporate celebrations.

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