The Delaware Hispanic Commission, in partnership with First State Community Loan Fund is, pleased to bring to you the “Hispanic Business Development Program”.
The Hispanic Business Development (HBD) Program is a new program at First State CLF that was designed to address the needs of Delaware’s Hispanic Business. First State Community Loan Fund (CLF) is a not-for-profit, federally certified, Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that supports small and micro businesses and community development projects. The HBD Program provides bilingual business development and consulting services to Hispanic-owned businesses throughout Delaware. The target audience for the program is adults who are interested in starting their own business or need support in expanding their existing business.
Business education will be provided through various workshops such as:
• How to open a business in Delaware
• Developing a marketing plan
• Developing a business plan
• Business/personal banking
• Financial management
• Bookkeeping and accounting
These workshops will be planned throughout the 2016 calendar year. The following workshops are scheduled for the first quarter of 2016:
• Is your business ready for Uncle Sam?
• How to use your Business Savers account and EIC to start your business?
• Develop a Marketing plan
In addition to the workshops outlined above, the HBD Program will also offer additional educational programming via the Virtual Passport to Business Success Program (VPBS) and the Passport to Business Success Program (PBS); an on-line program and a classroom style program, bilingual business learning tool that allows participants to receive training in topics, such as business planning, marketing, and finance, at their own pace. These programs will be administered in partnership with the Women’s Business Center at First State Community Loan Fund.
Lola Campos, Program Director
Lola Campos currently serves as the Program Director for the Delaware Hispanic Business Development Program at First State Community Loan Fund. She is responsible for the development, implementation, and coordination of the business assistance program for the Delaware Hispanic community. Prior to working for First State CLF, Lola served as a Commercial Development Coordinator for the U.S. – Mexico Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Campos is fluent in both English and Spanish and has provided translation services. Ms. Campos holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Studies and a Master of Science in Public Administration with a concentration in Policy for Poverty Alleviation.