OMAHA, NE – On Saturday, October 15, 2022, Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation (CDC) recognized 125 graduates from MUJERES EMPRENDEDORAS (Women Entrepreneurs), a program that provides Latina entrepreneurs with modules in Financial Education, Entrepreneurship, and Business Administration to prepare them to step into the world of business ownership.
“We are proud to celebrate the second graduating class of the Mujeres Emprendedoras,” said Juan Montoya, executive director of Midlands Latino CDC. “Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Latino communities and entrepreneurs were growing at a faster rate than any other demographic in the United States, according to a 2022 University of Nebraska – Omaha OLLAS Report. At Midlands Latino CDC, our goal is to set the foundation for a thriving, diverse, and inclusive community enriched by Latino influence, economic success, culture, and leadership. This dedicated group of Latinas have prepared themselves for a bright and financially sustainable future, and we are grateful to be a part of their journey.”
“I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know this class of driven, intelligent, and compassionate leaders ready to step into the world of business ownership,” said Maria Elena Castro, program director of Mujeres Emprendedoras. “Through Mujeres Emprendedoras, we have seen immigrants and refugees begin their businesses in childcare, construction, commercial and residential cleaning, food industry, and beyond. The women come to this program with a dream and vision to support themselves, their families, and their community. We are here to help them expand their knowledge, gain confidence, and become strong entrepreneurs for their businesses and future success.”
The staff and board of directors of Midlands Latino CDC gives thanks to the graduates and their families who dedicated their time and efforts in investing in their futures with our business training program. Thanks to the support of our sponsors: The Sherwood Foundation, Peter Kiewit Foundation, United Way of the Midlands, U.S. Bank Foundation, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, First National Bank of Omaha, Mutual of Omaha, and Omaha Community Foundation.
ABOUT MIDLANDS LATINO CDC
The Midlands Latino CDC provides low-income communities with opportunities to generate economic growth by providing training programs, financial education, entrepreneurship, and development services that advances their ability to develop a sustainable future in the Midlands. Learn more at midlandlatinocdc.org.