Orlando SCORE Forms Alliance with the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce of the United States

Alliance Expands Low-Cost Business Workshops to

Central Florida Hispanic Entrepreneurs

Washington, DC—Orlando SCORE and the Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce of the United States (VACC) announce a new alliance to increase SCORE counseling and training in the Central Florida Hispanic small business community.

The Central Florida Chapter of the VACC, which is located in Orlando, will be key to the success of Orlando SCORE’s outreach. Alfredo Dominicis, president of the Central Florida Chapter of the VACC, says that this alliance will be a cornerstone in the effort to increase Hispanic interest in small business in Central Florida.

Through this alliance, Orlando SCORE will offer several valuable workshops in Spanish, such as:

  • Starting Your New Business, an introductory seminar to the business world from the perspective of a small business owner
  • Building Your Business Plan
  • Financial Planning—Will Your Business Make Money?
  • Marketing Your Business

Orlando SCORE also will sponsor and secure meeting space at the Disney/SBA Entrepreneur Center for future small business courses, as well as other events in conjunction with the VACC. The chapter will be the prime sponsor of the popular Emprendiendo USA symposium, which will now be held in the Orlando area.

Orlando SCORE Chapter Chair Bob Shephard and VACC President José Gregorio Tovar signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Saturday, June 18, in Miami, Fla. The event was held at the Emprendiendo USA 2005 seminar.

“I am very excited that we are entering into this new alliance with Orlando SCORE," says VACC President José Gregorio Tovar. "This will allow Orlando SCORE to bring its vital business counseling and workshop programs to Hispanic entrepreneurs and small business owners. Our Central Florida Chapter will work closely with them in this effort."

“We are pleased to work together toward our common goal of providing access to SCORE counseling in small business communities across Florida,” says Orlando SCORE Board Chair Bob Shephard. “This alliance will help Orlando SCORE serve Hispanic businesses, and will help us increase the range of SCORE services to this community.”

Since 1964, the SCORE Association has assisted more than 7 million aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners through counseling and business workshops. More than 10,500 expert business counselors serve their communities through entrepreneur education dedicated to the formation, growth and success of small businesses.

For more information about starting or operating a small business in Central Florida, call 407/420-4844 to contact Orlando SCORE. Or visit Orlando SCORE on the Web at www.scoreorlando.org.