(KMAland) — Registration is open for the Empowering Latin Women in Business Conferencescheduled for May 3 in South Sioux City.
Jessica Campos, director of the Women’s Business Center at the Center for Rural Affairs, said the goal was to give women across the state the opportunity to share their stories, learn about available services and resources, and to establish relationships with other entrepreneurs. After the past two years of public health restrictions, Campos expects strong turnout.
“So I think it’s going to be a great opportunity to really jump on this networking boat that we’ve really been missing out on for the past few years,” Campos predicted.
The main language of the event will be Spanish. Campos said attendees will hear best practices and advice from experienced and successful Latin entrepreneurs. They can also connect with national and local resources. The one-day event, hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs and the Small Business Administration, will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. For more information and to register, visit CFRA.org/EstTuTurno.
Maria Dávila, a tax preparer and owner of Servicios en General, who has been in business for 20 years and will be one of the conference panelists, encouraged anyone considering starting their own business to attend, in part to connect with educational resources and opportunities through the Women’s Business Center and in their local communities.
“That way they can have an idea where to start,” Dávila explained. “Or what the state regulations are, so they can start their own business by making the right decisions and getting the license they need for their business.”
In addition to tips for creating a successful business plan, honing leadership skills, managing cash flow, online marketing and sales, Campos said a key focus of the conference will be how to avoid the growing threat of predatory lending.
“Loans that business owners, unfortunately, can never get out of, either because of high interest rates or terms and conditions,” Campos pointed out. “Which is really a problem, because many businesses are closing because of predatory lenders.”