Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month & Supporting Hispanic Businesses

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From September 15th to October 15th we celebrate the culture and contributions of Hispanic Immigrants and American citizens whose ancestors come from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. During this time period seven countries in our region celebrate their Independence Day.

Connecticut Small Business Development Center (CTSBDC) works to serve Connecticut’s Hispanic businesses with a variety of programs. Business owners and entrepreneurs have looked to CTSBDC for assistance in growing or starting their business, including developing a business plan, accessing capital, and expanding to international markets.  CTSBDC is proud and honored to collaborate with organizations such as the Spanish American Merchants Association (SAMA), HEDCO, and several Hispanic Chambers of Commerce in advancing the progress of Hispanic businesses in Connecticut.

According to the SBA’s Small Business Profile there are over 24,000 Hispanic owned businesses in Connecticut! And, recently arrived Hispanic entrepreneurs are an important source for new businesses and new job creation in our state.

Our team of advisors includes 3 individuals of Hispanic heritage, each fluent in Spanish, who are available to provide their unique expertise and delighted to work with Hispanic business owners in helping them achieve their goals in English or Spanish, based on the business owner’s preference.

Our training and education programs are led by Valeria G. Bisceglia. Valeria’s professional experience includes working with clients from all over Central, South America, and the Caribbean. She supports Hispanic clients with training programs and webinars provided in Spanish.

Nelson Merchan, Business Advisor, helps CTSBDC clients with acquiring new customers by providing tools and strategies, and is particularly in-tune with the Hispanic community’s needs consistently performing outreach. Nelson also has experience working with clients from a variety of Hispanic countries and has traveled as an expert speaker to provide his insights particularly in areas of marketing.

Griselda Champagne serves on CTSBDC’s capital access team where she is able to assist clients with gaining access to capital needed to fund the business. Her professional banking background and connection to the Hispanic community allow her to be an effective communicator in helping Hispanic business owners navigate the complexities of financial analysis, projections, and reaching the right funding sources.

Services provided by CTSBDC Business Advisors are at no-cost to business owners. We exist as a collaborative partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, and UConn to serve the business community. To get started with a business advisor, click here.

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