Haitian Entrepreneurs Thrive on the Eastern Shore with Support from Business Associations and Nonprofit Organizations

Local Haitian Business Owners Connected with Resources Through Small Business Workshop

The Haitian Business Association of The Eastern Shore Inc. recently hosted a small business workshop for local Haitian entrepreneurs in Salisbury. With over 25 Haitian businesses in the area, there was a clear need for such an organization to provide support and resources to the community.

The goal of the HBA is to educate, network, and empower the Haitian community by connecting them to resources like the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce. During the workshop, participants learned about gaining access to capital, grant opportunities, and technical support. Maryland Capital Enterprises (MCE), a nonprofit organization that has allocated $150,000 in funding for loans ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 for Haitian business owners on the shore, was also present at the event.

Initiatives like this workshop and MCE’s presence help address some of the unique challenges faced by Haitian entrepreneurs on the Eastern Shore. Language barriers can make it difficult for these entrepreneurs to navigate financial systems and find support within their community. By building trust with organizations like MCE and attending events like this workshop, these entrepreneurs can better understand how to achieve success in their businesses while providing for their families and achieving financial freedom.

Organizations like Maryland Capital Enterprises offer technical assistance, counseling, and lending options to support these entrepreneurs in their journey towards business success. For many of these entrepreneurs, starting a business is about more than just being their own boss; it offers them a new sense of freedom that allows them to provide better for themselves and their families while achieving financial independence.

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