Breaking Barriers: Empowering Haitian Entrepreneurs on the Eastern Shore through Workshops and Resources

Local Haitian Business Owners Connected with Resources Through Small Business Workshop

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

During the workshop, participants learned about various topics including gaining access to capital, grant opportunities, and technical support. However, one of the biggest challenges that Haitian business owners face is language barriers. Initiatives like this workshop and organizations like Maryland Capital Enterprises are helping to address these needs and support the community.

Maryland Capital Enterprises (MCE) 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, MCE aims 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 more than just being their own boss. It offers them a new sense of freedom, allowing them to better provide for their families

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