Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Immigrants spur US microbusiness training programs

Immigrants are getting help starting small businesses, employing workers and being more successful.     - - Donna Poisl

from Associated Press

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — After immigrating to the United States from the Mexican state of Oaxaca more than two decades ago, Paula Asuncion worked on farms and in minimum wage jobs at fast-food restaurants — a widow struggling to feed six children, sharing cramped apartments with other families.

Her prospects changed two years ago after she joined a program in northwestern Oregon state that helps immigrants open small culinary businesses. After training with the microbusiness incubator at Portland nonprofit Hacienda CDC, Asuncion now runs a catering service, employs other immigrants, and has bought a home for her family.
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