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Help coming to Latino businesses – The Turlock Journal

Stanislaus County organizations are coming together to connect Latino Business owners to valuable resources that will assist them in their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Valley Sierra Small Business Development Center (SDBC), Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and City Ministry Network will host the first of five bilingual informational workshops throughout Stanislaus County at 6 p.m. June 21 at El Campestre Dos Restaurant in Newman. A workshop will be held in Turlock at 6 p.m. June 22 at the Salvation Army, 893 Lander Ave.

The need arose after the Valley Sierra SBDC and City Ministry Network visited several Latino businesses throughout the county to conduct a business needs assessment and assist with Covid-19 business relief grants. The workshops are designed to have a greater impact by directly addressing the needs as a result of the responses to the assessment.

“Many locally owned Latino restaurants that were spoken to did not know about the Restaurant Revitalization Fund,” said German Zavalza, the Chief Innovation Officer and SBDC Director of Opportunity Stanislaus. “It is important to be proactive in connecting during these times.”

All five bilingual informational workshops will focus on bringing awareness to Latino businesses about the free resources and assistance that can help them recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Some of the free resources that will be shared are trainings on different business subjects, consultation with business experts, and how to stay up to date with future business programs that may arise from the federal, state, or local governments.

Informational workshops will be held in Newman, Turlock, Hughson, Riverbank and West Modesto, where representatives of the Valley Sierra SBDC, Central Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the City Ministry Network will present about the services they offer. For more information regarding an informational workshop near you visit or call (209)422-6416.