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For Immediate Release
Ana Nitica
SCORE Communications


Graduation for Latino Entrepreneurs Was Held on Wednesday May 14, 2014 at Genesis Healthcare, Kennett Square, PA



WEST CHESTER, PA, May 16, 2014: Graduates of an eight week program "Business Skills for Latino Entrepreneurs" / "Como ser Exitoso como Empresario Latino" were honored with dinner and graduation ceremony Wednesday, May 14, Genesis Health Care, 101 E. State Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348.  This 8-week program was conducted entirely in Spanish for local Hispanic entrepreneurs and business people.  Sponsors included Chester County SCORE, La Comunidad Hispana, National Penn Bank, and Kutztown University's Latino Business Resource Center. Local county and municipal officials were in attendance to honor the graduates..


The Spring session of the eight-week bilingual "Business Skills for Latino Entrepreneurs" program had an excellent response. Some of the students had heard about the program from graduates of the Fall 2013 session, and others learned of it from the flyers that were distributed or presentations that were made to various groups in the community.

                                                                             Gerald Francis

                                                                             Chester County SCORE



Thirty participants  graduated from the Spring 2014 program, held locally in Kennett Square.  This tripled the number of graduates from Fall 2013, which was presented remotely from Reading.  James Rodriguez from Kutztown University's Latino Business Resource Center (LBRC) led the instruction.  He was assisted by: Jose Sanabria, architect and graduate of the Fall 2013 program, Horace Scherer from Chester County SCORE, Miguel Alban, Vice President of Avanti Seguros Insurance Services, and other local Latino professionals.

A wide range of interests were represented by participants, who consisted of both current entrepreneurs and those interested in learning more about the general aspects of running a business.  Spring 2014 participants included:


·   A Colombian couple who work with residents of Colombia to produce original handicrafts

·   A photographer who works with both Latinos and Anglos on wedding, quinceañera, sweet sixteen, baptism and other special occasion photography

·   A hospitality and provisions broker who imports fresh fruits for food purveyors on a national basis

·   An events coordinator who specializes in organizing events for the Latino community in Southeastern Pennsylvania


Horace Scherer of Chester County SCORE finds the growing response to this course very encouraging.  The Fall 2013 class was the first program of this kind in Southern Chester County. The attendance growth for the Spring 2014 program is evidence of the significant need for this type of education. With the combined support of LBRC, SCORE, La Comunidad Hispana and other commercial sponsors a third session is planned to begin this September. 


For additional information about this  program and/or about future programs designed specifically for the Latino Community living and working in the Chester County/ Kennett Square area, interested business owners can visit the Kutztown University Latino Business Resource website at or contact Carolina Martinez, Director of the Latino Business Resource Center at 484-646-4013 or You may also contact Miguel Alban at 267-253-5415.






SCORE is a nonprofit, national organization of volunteer entrepreneurs and business executives applying their life experiences and knowledge to mentor individuals planning to start a small business, or small business owners who seek assistance in solving business issues. The SCORE chapter serving Chester County has more than 65 experienced entrepreneurial counselors with expertise in almost every facet of business. Since 1964, Herndon, VA - based SCORE has assisted about ten million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than 13,000 volunteer business counselors in 364 chapters nationwide serve their communities through education and no-cost personal coaching sessions dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses.


To schedule a personal session with a counselor or learn more about small business education programs, call Chester County SCORE at 610-344-6910 or visit us at