Mi Casa Resource Center is happy to announce that the organization has received a $5,000 contribution from the AT&T Foundation in support of its business development programs for underserved entrepreneurs in Southern Colorado. AT&T presented the contribution at Mi Casa’s Pueblo office on September 8 at an event to kick off the fall entrepreneurial training classes and celebrate the new name for Mi Casa’s training room – the AT&T Entrepreneurial Training Center.
Through AT&T’s contribution, Mi Casa will be able to equip entrepreneurs with the skills needed to successfully launch a new business, including developing a business plan and accessing capital. Mi Casa also provides consulting services to existing businesses to help them sustain or grow operations.
“AT&T is dedicated to improving education and workforce development in our Pueblo community. Supporting Pueblo business entrepreneurs is one of the many ways that our local economy can continue to grow. We are proud to be here today with Mi Casa as they lead the way in providing the needed resources in Pueblo and Southern Colorado to take those first steps as business owners” said Bill Soards, President, AT&T Colorado.
Mi Casa runs the only two Women’s Business Centers funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration in Colorado – in Denver and Southern Colorado. Mi Casa’s business development programs target underserved entrepreneurs – particularly women and Latinos – and include introductory workshops for the business curious, 13-week comprehensive entrepreneurial training courses in both English and Spanish, as well as individual technical assistance, mentoring and networking opportunities.
“Mi Casa is grateful to have the support of AT&T for our business development activities in Southern Colorado,” said Christine Marquez-Hudson, Executive Director of Mi Casa. “AT&T’s strong commitment to corporate responsibility and community engagement will serve as encouragement to Mi Casa business students as they work toward their dreams of financial stability and self-employment.”
Mi Casa’s Business Success training program teaches aspiring entrepreneurs and established small business owners the basics of finance, lending, insurance, strategic planning, daily operations, marketing, market research and legal structures. The course combines in-depth financial literacy training with individual business counseling. In order to successfully fulfill course requirements, students must submit at least a draft of a viable business plan. For established small businesses, Mi Casa offers technical assistance to help sustain or grow operations.