Breaking Down Barriers: How Haitian Entrepreneurs on the Eastern Shore Are Overcoming Language and Financial Challenges to Thrive

Local Haitian Business Owners Connected with Resources Through Small Business Workshop

The Haitian Business Association of The Eastern Shore Inc. and the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a workshop for local Haitian entrepreneurs in Salisbury. With over 25 Haitian businesses in the area, it was clear that there was a need for such an organization as the HBA. During the workshop, participants learned about gaining access to capital, grant opportunities, and technical support.

One of the biggest challenges faced by Haitian business owners is language barriers. Initiatives like the workshop and resources like Maryland Capital Enterprises are working to address these needs and support the community. Maryland Capital Enterprises, a nonprofit organization, has allocated $150,000 in funding to provide loans ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 for Haitian business owners on the shore.

For many of these entrepreneurs, starting a business is about more than just being their own boss. It offers them a new sense of freedom, allowing them to better provide for their families, become more independent

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