Economic Development Program to Help Hispanic Businesses Thrive in the State of Ohio

Center for Hispanic Leadership to Support Statewide Certification for 10,000 Hispanic Businesses.

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"Hispanic entrepreneurs and business owners must learn how to become better leaders and, at the same time, better business operators in order to compete against non-Hispanic, mainstream businesses,” Rafi Rodriguez, Center for Hispanic Leadership - Ohio.

Columbus, OH (PRWEB) February 02, 2013

Center for Hispanic Leadership (CHL) and its Ohio Chapter, led by President, Rafi Rodriguez, will support a statewide economic development program to help Hispanic businesses more rapidly grow and prosper as a viable economic development engine. The goal of the program is to provide Hispanic business owners the culturally relevant training to become better leaders and business operators. CHL will be partnering with corporations with a major presence or headquartered in the State of Ohio to offer scholarship grants in support of 10,000 Hispanic Leadership Certifications from CHL’s online Hispanic Leadership Academy - that is the first interactive, video-based training and certification platform whose curriculum was specifically designed for and about Hispanic business owners, employees and companies that desire to conduct business with Hispanics.

According to CHL Ohio President, Rafi Rodriguez, “Although Hispanic owned businesses are growing at twice the rate of the national average and generate $465B in annual revenue, the overwhelming number of Hispanic entrepreneurs and business owners require “leadership and operational” training attention. Currently, many Hispanic-owned business owners are faced with the inability to consistently create and sustain relationships with Fortune 500 corporations; thus they are not at the forefront of supplier diversity programs. Revenue generating and job creation opportunities are not being seized fast enough. To overcome this challenge, Hispanic entrepreneurs and business owners must learn how to become better leaders and, at the same time, better business operators in order to compete against non-Hispanic, mainstream businesses.”

CHL economic development program in Ohio is the first of several programs throughout the United States to help Hispanic owned businesses overcome the challenges they face to grow and compete. According to a 2012 survey conducted by McCombs School of Business, and the Kauffman Foundation, Hispanic-owned businesses with paid employees need strategies that help them increase business training in management and communication skills--and improve access to public--and private-sector customers.

“As the fastest growing workforce and business owners in America – it’s now time for Hispanics to flourish as leaders to get noticed more quickly and elevate their performance capabilities more rapidly, says CHL Founder, Glenn Llopis. Hispanics are a viable economic development engine, yet more work needs to be done. CHL has proven through its Hispanic Leadership Academy that when Hispanics fully leverage their cultural values as sources of strength, they become more successful because they begin to naturally enable the ways they think, act, and innovate to lead more effectively and authentically.

For more information, regarding CHL’s economic development program in Ohio, please contact Rafi Rodriguez at rafi (at) centerforhispanicleadership (dot) com, or by phone at (937) 304-7393. To learn more about how CHL can help bring this program in your local market, please contact Annette Prieto-Llopis at aprieto (at) centerforhispanicleadership (dot) com.

About Center for Hispanic Leadership
Center for Hispanic Leadership is a nationally recognized consulting and training organization focused on issues regarding Hispanic growth strategies, and has been featured on hundreds of trade publications, online magazines and nationally syndicated television and radio shows. CHL product and service offerings to business owners, universities and Fortune 500 clients deliver leadership development, career advancement, marketing to Hispanic consumers, diversity management and entrepreneurship. CHL's extensive library of culturally relevant content includes published books, eBooks, whitepapers, blogs, and its breakthrough online Hispanic Leadership Academy – that is the first interactive, video-based training and certification platform whose curriculum was specifically designed for and about Hispanic business owners, employees and companies that desire to conduct business with Hispanics.


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