Salisbury, Maryland is experiencing significant growth, with a surge in interest from local Haitian entrepreneurs seeking resources and information on starting and growing their businesses. In response to this demand, the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce and Eastern Shore Inc. Haitian Business Association recently hosted a small business workshop to provide valuable insights and support to these entrepreneurs.

The Haitian Business Association (HBA) was founded to support the Haitian community in Salisbury, with over 25 Haitian businesses already established in the area. The organization’s goal is to educate, network and empower members of the Haitian community by connecting them to resources such as the Chamber of Commerce.

During the workshop, topics such as access to capital, grant opportunities and technical support were covered. Business owners in Haiti often face unique challenges, including language barriers, lack of education and knowledge. The event aimed to equip these entrepreneurs with the tools and resources they need to achieve their business goals and visions.

Maryland Capital Enterprises, a nonprofit organization, pledged $150,000 to fund loans ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 to Haitian business owners on the coast. The organization aims to build confidence in the Haitian community and make them aware of the resources available to help them succeed.

Becoming a business owner gives Haitian entrepreneurs a new sense of freedom, according to the HBA. They are motivated to provide a better life for their families, achieve independence and financial freedom. Maryland Capital Enterprises offers technical assistance, individual counseling and SBA loans to support these entrepreneurs in achieving their dreams.

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