Boosting Haitian Entrepreneurs on the Eastern Shore: A Workshop and Loan Initiative Provide Needed Support

Local Haitian Business Owners Connected with Resources Through Small Business Workshop

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

During the workshop, attendees learned about accessing capital, securing grants, and receiving technical support. Language barriers were among the biggest challenges faced by Haitian business owners in this area. Initiatives like this workshop and organizations like Maryland Capital Enterprises are working to address these challenges and provide support to the community.

Maryland Capital Enterprises has allocated $150,000 in funding to offer loans ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 for Haitian business owners on the shore. By building trust within the community and demonstrating that resources are available to help them succeed, 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 about more than just being their own boss. It provides them with a sense of freedom and allows them to better provide for their families and become more independent financially. Organizations like Maryland Capital Enterprises offer technical assistance, counseling

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