Workshop helps local Haitian business owners connect with valuable resources

Workshop helps local Haitian business owners connect with valuable resources

The community in Salisbury, Maryland is experiencing significant growth, with a hunger for information about starting and growing businesses among local Haitian entrepreneurs. The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce and the Haitian Business Association of the Eastern Shore Inc. recently organized a small business workshop to provide answers and resources to these entrepreneurs.

The Haitian Business Association (HBA) was created to support the Haitian community in Salisbury, with over 25 Haitian businesses already established in the area. The goal of HBA is to educate, network, and employ members of the Haitian community by connecting them with resources like the Chamber of Commerce.

The workshop covered topics such as access to capital, grant opportunities, and technical support. Haitian business owners often face unique challenges, including language barriers, lack of education, and knowledge. The event aimed to provide these entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to achieve their business goals and visions.

Maryland Capital Enterprises, a nonprofit organization, has allocated $150,000 in funding to provide loans ranging from $5,000-$10,000 to Haitian business owners on the shore. The organization aims to build trust within the Haitian community and make them aware of the resources available to help them succeed.

Becoming a business owner provides Haitian entrepreneurs with a new sense of freedom, according to HBA. They are motivated to provide a better life for their families, achieve independence, and financial freedom. Maryland Capital Enterprises offers technical assistance, one-on-one counseling, and SBA loans to support these entrepreneurs.

The Haitian Business Association plans to host more events in the future to continue supporting and empowering the Haitian community in Salisbury.

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