Daymara Baker

Entrepreneur makes it happen

Posted: October 29, 2017 at 1 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK "I think that, like many of us, Daymara knows that contributing to the community provides benefits many times over. It may be because of what has happened in her home country, Venezuela, that she recognizes how important it is to give back." -- Carol Reeves, associate vice-provost for entrepreneurship, University of Arkansas

Daymara Baker is no stranger to taking risks. The founder and operator of Rockin' Baker -- a bakery in Fayetteville that hires members of the community who have special circumstances that may impact their ability to gain employment -- Baker risked everything when she came to the United States from her native Venezuela in 1996.

Through Others’ Eyes

Daymara Baker

“She is an extremely hard worker who is very motivated to achieve any goal she sets her mind to. I believe her passion for helping others along with her dedication was behind her motivation to open Rockin’ Baker.” — Rockin’ Baker employee Jennifer Dozier

“Daymara is smart, warm and holds herself and those around her to high standards. We’ve been best friends for almost 20 years, and she amazes me every day with her high energy level and incredible drive she brings to everything. Her high standards sometimes get to people, but she would never ask people anything that she couldn’t live up to herself. She is a role model for many, and at the same time, she’s so talented, artistic, and a she’s a fun person to be around. I’m fortunate to call her my sounding board, my confidant, my best friend, my sister.” — Isabel Fang

“I think that Daymara wants to deeply touch the lives of individuals who are frequently overlooked by others. She is trying to develop a way to involve these individuals in mainstream society.” — Carol Reeves

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