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Pattern for Progress assists Spanish language entrepreneurs

NEWBURGH – The fastest growing population in the United States is Spanish-speaking and the Hudson Valley is no exception.

Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress has undertaken an initiative to assist those business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs in their endeavors.

To that end, the non-profit regional agency has targeted the cities of Beacon, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Newburgh, Middletown and Port Jervis with a $100,000 federal grant and the villages of Brewster, Walden, Monticello and Liberty with $50,000 in NYSEG funding.

Pattern’s Deputy Director of Housing Emily Hamilton spearheaded the endeavor to learn what the concerns of the business people are and what can be done to facilitate their efforts.

“How they feel about each area they live in and also what resources are lacking for them in those particular areas whether it be lack of capital or technical assistance,” Hamilton said. Pattern also spoke to them about obstacles to improving or expanding their businesses and are they aware of resources in their communities to expand or start businesses.

To assist the Latino and Hispanic entrepreneurs in the region grow, the project will include development of a guide to local and regional resources, creation of Hispanic and Latino small business directories and identification of strategies to better integrate those business communities into existing business organizations, agencies and programs.

 


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