Latino Business Resource Center Offering Bilingual Entrepreneurial Success Course
August 1, 2012
READING, PA. - KU's Latino Business Resource Center (LBRC) invites Latino/Hispanic business entrepreneurs and start-ups to an information session on a new bilingual seminar, "Business Skills for Success for Latino Entrepreneurs," on September 12, 6-7:30 p.m. at the KU LBRC in the Berks County Community Foundation, located at 237 Court Street in Reading, Pa.
The seven-week course is structured to provide Reading's Latino entrepreneurs with relevant and timely information, data, statistics, and helpful tips business owners need to be successful.
Classes are on Wednesdays beginning September 19, 6-8:30 p.m., and are also at the Berks County Community Foundation Center, 237 Court Street in Reading, Pa.
Since 2007, the Kutztown University LBRC has run 14 seminars in Reading, Coatesville, and Kennett Square, Pa., graduating 200 individuals. 84 percent of the participants who launched businesses were still operating after a year, a positive contrast to the national trend where 80 percent of new businesses fail in their first twelve months. Since it began, 150 regional Latino business owners and entrepreneurs have expanded or opened businesses in the greater Reading area because of the program.
The LBRC uses an innovative learning model of classroom lessons, online business-plan workshops, unlimited mentoring from bilingual business consultants, and interaction with business professionals and entrepreneurs.
"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. Plus, they can increase their marketing and network with support from the Berks County Community Foundation."