Latino business skills seminar grads, sponsors celebrate in Kennett Square
Daily Local News
KENNETT SQUARE — Eleven graduates of an eight-week program offered in Spanish, “Business Skills for Latino Entrepreneurs” or “Como ser Exitoso como Empresario Latino” celebrated recently at the Taste of Puebla Restaurant.
The event sponsors, including Gerald Francis and Horace Scherer of Chester County SCORE, Margarita Queralt Mirkil, President and CEO of La Comunidad Hispana, National Penn Bank’s Daniel Sansary, Kutztown University’s Latino Business Resource Center Director, Carolina Martinez, and James Rodriguez, also of Kutztown, were on hand to celebrate the graduates’ completion of the program and present each with graduation certificates.
State Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19th of West Whiteland, who was unable to attend Wednesday night’s celebration, sent certificates of recognition to all 11 graduates.
Staff members of state Rep. Steve Barrar, R-160th of Upper Chichester, attended to support the graduates’ efforts and take part in the awards ceremony.
The ceremony included recognition of three winners of the program’s business plan competition. Judges for the competition included SCORE’s Horace Scherer, National Penn’s Daniel Sansary, and Kutztown’s James Rodriguez.
First place was awarded to Blanca Munoz, who is in the initial stages of starting an event planning business.
Munoz plans to target the local Hispanic market and offer full service planning for events such as baptisms, quinceaneras, graduations, and weddings.
Munoz’s business plan was noteworthy for its insight into identifying her target market, knowing her competition, and understanding how much business she needs to generate in order to establish a viable enterprise.
Second place was awarded to Jose Sanabria, an architect who established a business eight months ago and is currently in the process of opening an office in West Chester.
Sanabria is well on his way to establishing himself in his business, serving local markets as well as larger firms located in areas nearby. He is keenly aware of the competitive environment within his field and how to go about identifying possible clients and sources of income.
Third place was awarded to Susana Gomez Rubio, who plans to sell Mexican artwork on a part-time basis at local events including the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival and the Mushroom Festival, both held in Kennett Square.
The ceremony was presided over by Carolina Martinez of Kutztown’s LBRC with remarks from James Rodriguez of Kutztown, Mirkil of La Communidad, Horace Scherer and Gerald Francis of Chester County SCORE, and Penn National Bank’s Daniel Sansary.
Graduates, sponsors and local representatives celebrated with family and friends during a dinner buffet of traditional Mexican foods prepared by the Taste of Puebla Restaurant.
Many students indicated they have informed their friends about the program. Plans are under way for possible quarterly updates with the graduates. Additional “Business Skills for Latino Entrepreneurs” programs are slated to take place next spring and fall.
— For more information about this program or future programs designed specifically for the Latino Community living and working in the Kennett Square area, visit the Kutztown University Latino Business Resource website at www.kulbrc.org or contact Carolina Martinez, director of the Latino Business Resource Center, at 484-646-4013 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
— SCORE is a not-for-profit, 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 entrepreneurial counselors with expertise in almost every facet of business.