Meet the Alumni

Maria Rios

Houston, TX

Waste Removal
Year founded
Nation Waste, Inc.
Partner College
Houston Community College
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses was an eye-opener for me. The program really helps you refocus and gives you practical skills that you can implement right away.


Read Maria Rios' post on The Huffington Post: My Journey to Fortune's Ten Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs List

Business Overview

Maria is President of Nation Waste, a non-hazardous waste removal and cardboard recycling company specializing in construction, demolition, commercial and industrial waste removal. Founded in 1997, the business serves a cross-section of government entities and businesses in Houston and the surrounding area.


Maria applied to the program to learn how to better position her company for sustained growth.


Since completing the program, Maria has secured key new contracts, expanded her location and service area, and built a new sales office. By following the growth plan she developed in the program, Maria plans to grow revenues to more than $15 million and employ over 50 more people within five years.