Southwest Detroit Business Association presents
Hispanic Business Conference, Sept. 8
The fourth annual Southwest Detroit Hispanic Business
Conference, presented by the Southwest Detroit Business
Association (SDBA), will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at the Mexicantown Mercado,
2826 E. Bagley Ave., Detroit.
Technical assistance providers for the event include Center for
Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED), U.S. Small Business
Administration Office- Michigan District Office, Internal
Revenue Service, MI Small Business and Technology Development
Center (MI SBTDC), and Detroit SCORE.
Launched in 2009, the conference targets both current and
prospective small business owners whose first language is
Spanish. It provides essential business information to
participants that include developing entrepreneurial skills and
building a strong business foundation. And keynote speakers will
explore challenges, provide recommendations based on proven
strategies, and share best practices.
“It’s a great opportunity to really think about your business in
a fresh way and from a different perspective,” said Kathy
Wendler, president of the SDBA. “Because this conference is
bilingual, and because the speakers will present in both Spanish
and English, you can dream about your business in your own
The event opens with keynote speakers, Dante Villarreal
(Spanish) and Patricia Salo (English), from MI SBTDC.
Villarreal and Salo will present “Success for Your Business,” an
overview for starting a business that is designed to help small
business owners and startups keep their business on track, while
assisting entrepreneurs who need further direction.
“CEED continues to be a proud partner of the Hispanic
Business Conference, which incorporates all the necessary
tools needed to become a successful entrepreneur and build up
businesses in the community,” said Vanessa Rucker,
program director for CEED.
Following the main presentation, attendees will participate in
bilingual roundtable discussions to further help them in their
businesses. Roundtables will include presentations by local
resource providers covering business related topics such as
financing, procurement, accounting and obtaining tax credits.
The event is free to registered participants. To register, visit
www.miceed.org. For more
information regarding the Southwest Detroit Hispanic Business
Conference, call (313) 255-1020 (English), or (313) 842-0986,
ext. 36 (Spanish).