14 to graduate from the Successful Latino Entrepreneur Program

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Next Monday, the Latino Resource Center will graduate fourteen students from the Successful Latino Entrepreneur Program. The course was designed and facilitated by Bill Maltby, a financial consultant and former President of Highland Strategies LTD. The eight-week course, designed to help students start a small business and succeed, included such topics as basic accounting, creating a business plan, types of business entities, finances, credit and loans, among others. Guest speakers included representatives from Wells Fargo Bank; the Wyoming Small Business Administration; attorney, Scott Weaver; and bookkeeper, Mandie Bellorado. Students’ business plans include a cleaning business, sewing and alterations, landscaping/snow removal, party planning, and a homemade pasta business, among others. According to the 2007 Economic Census by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, of the nearly 6,000 businesses in Teton County, only a 4 percent are minority-owned. A participant said, “This class was more than I expected…It opened my eyes to what the Town of Jackson has to offer for small businesses. I hope there is another class like this in the future…” Another participant stated, “ I think this type of workshop is an excellent opportunity to develop a good idea and know that it is really possible to achieve it.” [image: Inline image 1] This is the second year of Latino Resource Center’s Successful Entrepreneur Program, thanks to support from US Bank, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and private donors, 26 students have successfully completed the course to date. Graduates will be honored with a dinner and ceremony on Monday, March 28 at 6:00 p.m. in Hansen Hall on the campus of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jackson. *Feature Photo: Last year's graduating class. h/t Latino Resource Center /