Oregon Business – The Impossible Choice

For Nikki Guerrero, founder of Hot Mama Salsa in Portland, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant unprecedented sacrifice. 

Guerrero began her food business in 2008, and is used to giving up free time and energy for her company. But when her daughter began sheltering in place at home last year, Guerrero faced the impossible choice of being there for her 12-year-old and running her business. 

“My daughter goes to a Waldorf school, and isn’t used to staring at screens all day. She was at home and feeling isolated. The hardest part of the pandemic was having to choose between taking care of my child and running my business,” says Guerrero. 

“I feel like I sacrificed a year of my daughter’s life. I still don’t know if I made the right choice.”

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