Business Development for Entrepreneurs
The Empresarios program grew out of the needs expressed by Hacienda’s residents. In 2006, a group of 20 or so low-income, Latina women living in Hacienda’s properties approached the organization, interested in selling tamales at the farmers markets to supplement their family incomes. We responded by developing a small food incubator program called Micro Mercantes, now Portland Mercado Empresarios. The program provided some coaching and hands-on help to prepare for a successful market experience, and access to a network of kitchens provided by community organizations.
Today, Empresarios also offers business advising and a formalized 6-session business development curriculum called Arrancando mi Negocio, or ‘Business Boot Camp’. Empresarios also offers some capital in the form on Individual Development Accounts and KIVA ZIP.