Mamie Salazar-Harper


Francis Reyes


Hispanic Entrepreneurs Oral History Project

Summary of Interview

Successful businesswoman Mamie Salazar-Harper began her life in Victoria, Texas, as one of eight daughters born to Manuel and Julia Salazar. Claiming that her mother’s strong work ethic and her father’s entrepreneurial spirit gave her and her sisters the tools they needed for success, Salazar-Harper worked her way up from a position as the Beeville, Texas, ColorTyme store manager, to the Rio Grande Valley regional manager for ColorTyme, and finally as the sole owner of the El Paso franchise. In this interview, Salazar-Harper shares her experiences as a woman and a Mexican-American entering into the business world. In addition, Salazar-Harper discusses the El Paso business environment and asserts that the city’s diversity offers both opportunities and challenges for commercial enterprise. She also offers advice to would-be entrepreneurs, including a discussion of financing and credit options and local networking opportunities, as well as advocating personal sacrifice, high commitment levels, solid planning, and diversification of services.

Date of Interview


Length of Interview

42 minutes

Tape Number

No. 1522

Transcript Number

No. 1522

Length of Transcript

21 pages


Pamela Krch

Interview Number

No. 1522

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