Coin Laundry Operator Honored by SBA

Paul Partyka |

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. 

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Paul Partyka

American Coin-Op

Paul Partyka was editor of American Coin-Op from 1997 through May 2011.


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