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KU Latino Business Resource Center Offers Bilingual Business Seminars

April 16, 2013

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University's Latino Business Resource Center (LBRC) has partnered with the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center, National Penn Bank and the Fowler Center at Northampton Community College to offer a series of business skills seminars designed specifically for the Latino entrepreneur. The program will kick off with a press conference at 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, at DLH Financial Services, 333 Broadway in Bethlehem, Pa.

The seminars, conducted in Spanish, will help participants develop their business concepts and teach them the skills and knowledge required for business success. Since 2007, the LBRC has run 14 seminars in Reading, Coatesville, Kennett Square, and Harrisburg, Pa., graduating 132 individuals. Eighty-four percent of the participants who launched businesses were still operating after one year, a contrast to the national trend, where 80 percent of new businesses fail in their first twelve months.

Interested participants are invited to attend an information session from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 23, at Northampton Community College's Fowler Center (511 E. Third St., Bethlehem), to register for classes, which are to be held on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Classes run for eight weeks at the Fowler Southside Center and there are no fees to participate.

This project is financed, in part, by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and National Penn Bank.

"This is a complete guide to building a successful business in America," said Lenin Agudo, former Director of the Kutztown University LBRC and current Community Development Director of the City of Reading, Pa. "At the end of the day, graduates will have a finalized business plan that they can present to lending organizations."

For additional information, interested business owners can visit the LBRC website at www.kulbrc.org, or contact Carolina Martinez, director of the Latino Business Resource Center, at 610-758-2140, 484-646-4013 or martinez@kutztown.edu.