Haitian Entrepreneurship on the Rise: Salisbury’s Haitian Business Association Shines a Light on Supportive Resources

Local Haitian Business Owners Connected with Resources Through Small Business Workshop

In Salisbury, the Haitian Business Association of The Eastern Shore Inc. recently hosted a workshop for local Haitian entrepreneurs. With over 25 businesses in the area, it was clear that there was a need for such an organization as the HBA. The goal of the HBA is to educate, network, and empower the Haitian community by connecting them to resources like Maryland Capital Enterprises and the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce.

During the workshop, participants learned about gaining access to capital, grant opportunities, and technical support. Despite facing unique challenges like language barriers, initiatives like this one help address these needs and support the community.

Maryland Capital Enterprises (MCE), a nonprofit organization, has allocated $150,000 in funding to provide loans ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 for Haitian business owners on the shore. By building trust within the community and showing that resources are available to support them, organizations like MCE aim to make it easier for Haitian entrepreneurs to achieve their goals and vision for their businesses.

For many of these entrepreneurs, starting a business is about more than just being their own boss. It offers them a new sense of freedom, allowing them to better provide for their families, become more independent, and achieve financial freedom. Organizations like Maryland Capital Enterprises offer technical assistance

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