New small-business grant helps fund underserved communities

A collaboration between two local organizations is helping to provide funding for new small business owners. This story is by Neighborhood Journalist, Nicholas Talamantez. 

A new grant is helping new entrepreneurs spring forth from underserved communities in Kalamazoo.

 

A collaboration between two local organizations is helping to provide funding for new small business owners: The Local Initiatives Support Corporation LISC and El Concilio (formerly known as the Hispanic American Council). 

 

The grant is called: Mi Gente para mis pequeños negocios, which translates to “Mi Gente for our small businesses.” Mi Gente is an initiative through El Concilio to provide financial relief and equity. 

 

El Concilio provides social services such as income verification letters, referrals, youth programs, and financial coaching. 

 

I sat down with Alvaro Paz, community development specialist with El Concilio non-profit, to learn more about this new grant. 

 

 

This interview was conducted in Spanish.

 

Nick Talamantez is a local artist in Kalamazoo. He loves using the arts as a way to educate to inspire change and personal development; Journalism included!