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Kutztown University SBDC Director to Speak on the Economic Potential of Latino Entrepreneurs

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On March 27, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) will host a web seminar to address the unique challenges Latino entrepreneurs face and the strategies to overcome these challenges.

Latinos are one of the largest and fastest growing ethnic communities in the United States. However, Latino businesses face many hurdles during start-up and early growth such as limited collateral, language barriers, and a lack of understanding of government and business processes.

Attendees will learn how to support Latino businesses, find new connections within their community, promote the economic benefits of diversity, and find job opportunities.

Speakers include Dr. Diana Moralli, Director of Latino Business Retention and Expansion at the Economic Development Association of Skagit County, Washington, and Ernie Post, Director of the Kutztown University Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

Post has held his position as director for 15 years. In 2007, he helped launch the Latino Business Resource Center (LBRC) at the Kutztown SBDC. So far, it remains the only SBDC in the nation to maintain a LBRC. That same year, the Kutztown SBDC received the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President's Award for its leadership in outreach to the Latino business community.

Dr. Moralli and Post will discuss effective new strategies and skills to support the growing group of Latino business owners and employers.

The web seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 27 from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST.  The cost is $95 for IEDC members and $135 for non-members.  For more information or to register, click here.