Presenters from Iowa State University: Tim Borich, Director to Communities for Extension and Outreach
Himar Hernandez, community development specialist working in Latino community and business development
Examine the issues related to the financing and technical assistance needs of underserved entrepreneurs.
Many regions of the U.S. are experiencing growing immigrant populations in non-metro communities. Entrepreneurs from these groups appear to lack strong social and business ties to the traditional sources of business finance and technical assistance.
Similarly bankers, technical assistance providers and others may be unaware of the economic potential of these entrepreneurs and be missing key opportunities in reaching them and providing services effectively.
Himar and Tim will discuss many of the emerging issues associated with the growth of the Hispanic population in the Midwest and the concurrent growth of Latino businesses.
A series of suggested programmatic directions will be articulated from
• a recent roundtable session between some of the North Central region’s Federal Reserve staff and Extension faculty,
• community focus groups conducted through the Federal Reserve, and
• experiences of Extension programming focused on Latino business and community development in Iowa.
Webinar participants will be asked for their input for the continuing regional study.
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