Latino Small Business Conference helps grow Grand Island businesses

According to the US Small Business Administration, there are over 4 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States.
Published: Jul. 7, 2022 at 10:42 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are over four million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States. Grand Island is home to more than a few.

At the end of July, the next wave of Latin-owned businesses could potentially rise up thanks to the Latino Small Business Conference, which will be held in Grand Island.

The program is run by Rural Prosperity Nebraska, a Grand Island office extension of the University of Nebraska. It helps those who would like to open businesses with the planning stages, including contacting other agencies to help get the doors open.

Sandra Barrera says the Latino Small Business Conference is a great opportunity to network with other entrepreneurs.

“The idea is that we connect people with other agencies, also it’s an opportunity for networking and learning about the experience from other entrepreneurs,” Barrera said. “We have great speakers, we have keynote speakers. Speakers are coming to support the need according to what we see the need is for education.”

For a success story from the conference, one need look no further than Carmine Ruvalcaba. She came to the United States from Mexico over 20 years ago. When she arrived, Ruvalcaba worked for JBS in Grand island.

After she was let go, she decided to venture into other industries, which helped guide her toward her current business — Karmine Childcare, which helps to fill the need in Grand Island. It also provides a bilingual option for parents and she said her business is a family effort.

“My son and my daughter they help me a lot with my business, help me to translate everything, all the papers, and I am really happy to work with the kids and be the person to help them become good adults,” Ruvalcaba said.

There is still time to register for this year’s conference, which is on July 23rd from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The registration form is available here.

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