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WCC Offers Free Forum For Entrepreneurs

Photo Credit: Facebook/Westchester Community College

VALHALLA, N.Y. -- Westchester Community College’s Gateway to Entrepreneurship (G2E) Center is presenting a free forum for entrepreneurs on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the college’s Gateway Center.

Space is limited. RSVP to RGO99@sunywcc.edu or call the college at 914-606-5616 for details. People can register online .

The forum will include information on how to improve sales and communication skills. Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to receive practical information and share their own experiences in a relaxed networking environment.

The featured speaker is Herman Nyamunga from The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians. The Pennsylvania Center connects newly arrived individuals from around the world with the economic opportunities that they need to succeed. It is a centralized employment and referral center for the region’s growing immigrant community and promotes immigrant participation in that area’s political, social, and economic life.

The G2E Center has similar goals. Responding to the changing demographics and economic opportunities in Westchester County, the college’s G2E Center has launched this new pilot program (Entrepreneurship for New Americans) to help encourage business development for new Americans. Supported by a philanthropic grant from the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth, the Entrepreneurship for New Americans Program offers immigrant entrepreneurs workshops on various topics.

Based on data compiled by the Kauffman Index, immigrant business development rose sharply in 2010 and continues to rise, with Latino and Asian immigrant business start-ups growing the fastest. However, immigrants face numerous barriers to starting a business, from access to credit to language and cultural differences. There are limited resources available to meet the needs of immigrant entrepreneurs. G2E, and its Entrepreneurship for New Americans Program, offers programming to help fill this gap.

The G2E program is dedicated to supporting entrepreneurial education at the college and throughout the community. Through its collaborations with partners, both the public and private sectors, G2E is a resource hub for entrepreneurial development at all stages, facilitating programs that respond to entrepreneurs’ needs and contribute to a vibrant local economy.

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