Since June 2021, IM4HI has been piloting a project, Project Thrive: Floreciendo tus Sueños, to support immigrants, asylum seekers, and those formerly detained who often face barriers to employment. IM4HI was one of eight organizations to be awarded a grant through the California Department of Labor’s SEED Initiative to promote the entrepreneurship of immigrants, English language learners, and those who face employment barriers, often due to their immigration status. The entrepreneurial training development program is designed to help people we are accompanying to start or grow their small businesses as pathways for income for their families and communities. Seventy-seven people attended a six-week course on small business entrepreneurship learning the major components to successfully launching and running a business. In February 2022, twenty individuals were selected to receive microgrants to support their businesses. Some of the awardee businesses include photography, kitchen and house repair, a taco truck, paleta (ice cream) vending, house cleaning,, cosmetic sales, care for mentally disabled adults, automobile servicing and sales, custom jewelry manufacturing, pool servicing and auto transport. We will be sharing a list soon of these small businesses which you can support with your patronage!
Project Thrive is a program that paves the way for immigrant communities and others who face barriers to flourish and thrive!
Meet the Trainers
Silvia Guardado | Business Development Consultant
An immigrant of El Salvador, Silvia owns an accounting firm. She has more than twenty years of experience helping small business entrepreneurs with financial and compliance needs. She has worked as an instructor with SCORE, helping beginning business owners use QuickBooks, manage cash flow, and thrive. She currently works with the National Latina Business Women Association of the Inland Empire (where she was a founding board member, treasurer, and instructor) to help small business owners obtain loans through the PPP federal loan program.
Delila Vasquez, M.A. | Business Development Consultant
An immigrant business woman, Delila has more than thirty years’ experience working with homeless families, immigrants, and incarcerated people in the Inland Empire. She is the founder of Demi Cocina, a small business promoting healthy food choices for Latinx families. She and Silvia co-designed this course curriculum during a Business Academy at the Camara de Comercio Hispana de Pomona and have delivered it seven business courses through SMG Business Services. Delila has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Business Women in the Inland Empire, and was Vice President in 2017.
- Spanish Training Series, August 2021. Download Flyer.
- English Training Series, September 2021. Download Flyer.
For more information contact Hilda Cruz:
909.736.0892 | firstname.lastname@example.org