Latino Chamber of Commerce working to deliver collectively Hispanic enterprise homeowners and assets | Native Information

RACINE — The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Southeastern Wisconsin is working to shut the hole between neighborhood assets and Hispanic-owned companies.

Nelson Soler, president and CEO of Multicultural Entrepreneurial Institute and the president of the Latino Chamber of Commerce, stated typically municipal outreach shouldn’t be reaching everyone, leaving some minority enterprise homeowners disconnected from assets.

In an effort to shut the gap, the Latino Chamber of Commerce held what they referred to as “Enterprise Days” in Kenosha and Racine the place they introduced collectively Hispanic enterprise homeowners and representatives from native authorities.

Kenosha’s occasion was held in July and included Mayor John Antaramian and College of Wisconsin-Parkside Chancellor Deborah Ford.

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Racine’s occasion was held Monday and was attended by County Govt Jonathan Delagrave.

Soler defined the listening periods allowed public representatives to listen to the struggles and successes skilled by Hispanic enterprise homeowners since COVID. The occasion additionally allowed the enterprise homeowners to study extra in regards to the assets obtainable to them.


Juan and Zulma Lopez, of J&E Heating & Cooling, 2707 Golf Ave., hosted the occasion in Racine and shared with Delagrave a number of the rising pains they’re experiencing.

Zulma informed The Journal Occasions that when the enterprise began in 2009, that they had simply three workers and one truck. Now they’ve 19 individuals on the payroll and ten vehicles.

Whereas that is excellent news, the corporate has outgrown their present location and have needed to retailer some tools off-site.

Enterprise has been good, Zulma agreed.

“It’s going and we’re getting extra individuals, and that’s why it’s vital to maintain up with it,” she stated.

Jonathan Delagrave listens

Jonathan Delagrave, going through digicam, listens to, from left, Zulma Lopez, Juan M. Lopez Jr. and Nelson Soler.

Delagrave, in flip, was in a position to element a number of the packages and assets obtainable within the space that could be helpful to them as enterprise homeowners — with explicit reference to the efforts made by the county to develop a powerful workforce.

He took the chance promote the county’s Summer time Jobs Program. Final yr there have been 25 individuals and 21 who graduated from this system, Delagrave stated. This yr, there have been greater than 100 who participated and 88 who graduated.

The county pays the wages of those that take part whereas space companies make use of youth who’re gaining vital job expertise.

Moreover, Delagrave outlined the grants the county has been in a position to safe for small companies.

Shifting ahead

County Executive Johnathan Delagrave with the Latino Chamber of Commerce and area business owners

From left, again row: County Govt Jonathan Delagrave; Juan M. Lopez Jr.; Nelson Soler; and Amanda Roman, a member of the Latino Chamber of Commerce and proprietor of Domina Consulting; pose for a photograph inside J&E Heating & Cooling. Entrance row, from left: Amy Pardo, of Trustworthy Contact Wellness Spa; and Zulma M. Lopez, co-owner of J&E Heating and Cooling. 

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Soler stated he meant to follow-up with the county officers to make sure the connections that had been made proceed to develop.

Amanda Roman, who’s a Latino Chamber of Commerce board member and the proprietor of Domina Consulting, stated the alternatives are undoubtedly there for enterprise homeowners.

“I believe the county has been transferring ahead,” she stated.

Soler agreed. “Racine is extra open to understanding the worth of the Latino inhabitants particularly.”

Nonetheless, there are nonetheless areas for enchancment.

One factor that ought to assistance is that Roman has been added to a Racine County Financial Improvement Company committee.

Soler defined the RCDEC shouldn’t be perceived to have relationships with minority-owned companies. He stated there are bridges to construct there.

Soler stated the Latino Chamber of Commerce meant to behave “because the conduit to make sure these connections had been developed and people assets come out to the neighborhood.”

What is an "unsummit"? The Latino Chamber of Commerce of SE Wis. just had one in Mount Pleasant

The Enterprise Days was a follow-up to the “Unsummit” held in Racine County in March, the place there was mutual dialogue between these with assets and people searching for assets.

The “Unsummit” was a big occasion. The Latino Chamber of Commerce meant “Enterprise Days” to be smaller with extra focused alternatives for dialogue between the enterprise homeowners and representatives.

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