The Illinois Small Business Development Center will offer an event to help small businesses get started in the Hispanic/Latino community from 6-7:45 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Esperanza Center, 335 5th Ave., Moline. A Spanish-language interpreter will be in attendance. Registration is due by Tuesday, Aug. 22.
Speakers for the event will include Robert Ontiveros, Group O founder and chairman; Álvaro Macías, Ascentra Credit Union; Christian Guiterrez, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Office of Minority Economic Empowerment; Carolyn O’Connor, Esperanza Legal Assistance Center, Department of Justice -accredited immigration legal specialist; and Rock Island native David Johnson of ACCION.
In addition to the speakers, representatives from Quad-Cities Service Corps of Retired Executives, which helps mentor new business start-ups, will discuss grant money available for small-business accounting workshops and consultations.
The Illinois SBDC and International Trade Center at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities, provides free confidential advising and training to help entrepreneurs and businesses start, grow and sustain their businesses. For more information, visit wiusbdc.org or call 309-762-3999, extension 62243.