Belmont University is joining with Conexión Américas, a nonprofit organization representing Hispanics in Tennessee, and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, on Avance!, a new small business development initiative for Spanish-speaking business owners in the Nashville area. Avance! is designed to support Hispanic business owners, managers and employees by providing a forum for learning, networking, and peer interaction. The kickoff event is set for Thursday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Neely Dining Hall in the Jack C. Massey Building at Belmont University. Dr. Camilo Cruz, author and motivational speaker, and winner of the 2004 Latin Book award, will deliver the keynote address. Admittance is free; please register by calling 269-6900.
Avance! is an outgrowth of classes at Belmont that Conexión Américas has sponsored the past three years to help ease the path for Hispanics trying to set up businesses in the United States. Avance! means moving forward in Spanish. For details in Spanish click here. For a PDF brochure click here.
Nashville City Paper reports on the year-round program today, saying it will offer Hispanic owners a chance to network, participate in educational forums, and attend structured peer sessions to help them set up and run their businesses.