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Empowering Haitian Entrepreneurs on the Shore: The Role of Organizations in Addressing Unique Challenges and Promoting Business Success

Local Haitian Business Owners Connected with Resources Through Small Business Workshop

Empowering Haitian Entrepreneurs on the Shore: The Role of Organizations in Addressing Unique Challenges and Promoting Business Success

In Salisbury, the Haitian Business Association of The Eastern Shore Inc. recently hosted a small business workshop for local Haitian entrepreneurs in collaboration with the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce. With over 25 Haitian businesses operating in the area, there was an evident need for such an organization. The goal of the HBA is to educate, network and provide employment opportunities to the Haitian community by connecting them with resources like the Chamber of Commerce.

During the workshop, participants learned about gaining access to capital, grant opportunities and technical support. The Haitian business owners face unique challenges, including language barriers that make it difficult for them to navigate resources available in their new environment. Initiatives like this workshop and organizations like Maryland Capital Enterprises aim to address these challenges and support the community by providing funding options and technical assistance.

Maryland Capital Enterprises is a nonprofit organization that has allocated $150,000 in funding to provide loans ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 for Haitian business owners on the shore. By building trust within the community and showing that resources are available to support them, organizations like MCE hope to make it easier for Haitian entrepreneurs to achieve their goals and vision for their businesses. For many of these entrepreneurs starting a business is about more than just being their own boss; it offers them a new sense of freedom allowing them to better provide for their families become more independent and achieve financial freedom. Organizations like MCE offer technical assistance counseling and lending options to support these entrepreneurs in their journey towards business success.

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