CHEYENNE, Mon. — Tomas Sarmiento, a teacher, wanted to open a coin laundry about 15 years ago because he believed the people in south Cheyenne, Mon., deserved something better than the two stores in the area.
His initial plan never materialized, but a few years later, Sarmiento got a second chance and now even the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has recognized his efforts.
Sarmiento, now a six-year veteran of the industry, was recently named the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Person of the Year. His commitment to developing a south Cheyenne business and his dedication to his employees (four full-time and three part-time) were key factors in winning the award. The SBA also took note of Sarmiento, naming him the Wyoming Minority Small Business Person of the Year.
How did Sarmiento, a native of Honduras, go from teacher to successful operator of Dirty Duds? He is a hands-on owner that cares about his community and hopes that his efforts will attract other businesses to the neighborhood.
His store offers free Wi-Fi service and parking for truckers. In addition, he and his wife, Connie, also offer a commercial linen cleaning business.