Meet Rosa Maria Brooks, a Nebraska entrepreneur by way of Bogotá, Colombia. As a young girl, Rosa Maria wanted to help people, and to further her goal, she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Lima, Peru.
Her entrepreneurial spirit kicked in while in Bogota where she combined her knowledge of human behavior with considerable tech skills and started a successful online counseling and astrological service. Conducted in both Spanish and English, Rosa Maria attracted clients from Colombia, Spain, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, and the United States. “People’s problems are universal,” she said. “They suffer from depression, parenting issues, health issues, low self esteem, lack of love. I listen and help them.”
In 2009, she moved to Hastings, Neb., with her husband, Brian Brooks, a Hastings native. Continuing her Internet business was a simple enough task. However, Rosa Maria had bigger dreams. She envisioned a center that incorporated holistic wellness services including massage therapy, Spiritual counseling, in-person astrological and counseling services, as well as a continuation of her established online business. Rosa Maria wanted to help people on a much vaster scale, but she needed assistance.
So she approached the Center for Rural Affairs in Grand Island, Neb., where a loan specialist at the Latino Business Center for REAP (Rural Enterprise Assistance Project), helped Rosa Maria obtain a micro loan, trained her in QuickBooks, provided her with a database, invited her to trainings, business conferences, and introduced her to the Nebraska Rural Living website to help market her services.
Continuing to add to her knowledge and practice of helping people, Rosa Maria recently acquired her license as a certified massage therapist from the License Board of Massage Therapy (BMT). Rosa Maria says, “Preparing for my new career as a massage therapist has been a life changing experience! Massage alleviates stress, aids digestion, improves circulation, relieves tight or sore muscles, aids detoxification, improves range of motion, and much more. I invite you to schedule an appointment. Our massage and wellness programs have a wonderful place at 401 NORTH MINNESOTA AVE HASTINGS NE.”
Rosa Maria radiates exuberance for life and passion for healthy living. As a holistic health and wellness entrepreneur, she is creating her dream of a successful business helping hundreds of people locally and across the world. She is a marvel of successful small business ownership.
Who to Contact
Rosa Maria Wellness and Astrology Center
401 North Minnesota Ave.
Hastings, NE 68901
Co-authors, Michelle McCormick and Betty Sayers