Empresas is a business development program that teaches and supports small business owners to create a vibrant local economy and open up opportunities for all individuals to pursue their dreams.

Through training, networking experience, technical assistance, and access to capital, Empresas helps Latino entrepreneurs launch successful and sustainable small businesses. 

Empresas Small Business Class

Empresas teaches entrepreneurs through a ten-week business development course, taught in Spanish, that covers the foundations of business plan creation and business administration, from registering a company to setting up a marketing and operations system. The current course runs once in the Spring and once in the Fall.

Empresas Program Membership 

Álvaro and EdNa Martinez, Owners of Janitor Green Solutions

Álvaro and EdNa Martinez, Owners of Janitor Green Solutions

Empresas program participants can receive continued support by paying a small annual fee to become program members.  Members receive one-on-one business coaching every Friday at BestHq,  and extended educational opportunities through the Empresas Workshops.  Program members also receive marketing support, networking support, the ability to rent commercial kitchen space, and market access opportunities through our business directory and the Forest Grove Farmers Market,

Recognizing that many small businesses struggle to obtain financing, Empresas also offers a suite of alternative capital products, including Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) and KIVA ZIP crowd-funded loans.

Empresas Workshops

The Empresas Workshops offered to our program members occur once a month at BestHq. Workshop presenters are typically successful business owners, representatives of private or nonprofit organizations, business attorneys, marketers, business accountants, or other industry experts. 

The workshops educate small business owners on a variety of subjects that may affect their business as it grows.  Topics include business licensing and permits, minority business designation, marketing, customer service, financial planning, employment law, and cash flow.  

Individual Development Accounts

Asset investment has been found to help individuals become self-sufficient and break out of cyclical poverty.

Select Adelante Mujeres participants receive asset building assistance through an Individual Development Account (IDA), a $3:$1 matched savings program allowing savers to receive up to $9000 in matching funds.

Participants can save for small business start-up or expansion, post-secondary education or job training. In addition to the matching funds available through the IDA, individuals receive financial literacy training to improve their overall financial health and security.

Adelante Mujeres is able to offer these IDAs thanks to the Valley Individual Development Account (VIDA) program managed by CASA of Oregon.

Empresas Commercial Kitchen

The Empresas Program, in partnership with the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center, manages the Empresas Commercial Kitchen, which gives small local food businesses access to certified kitchen space.

The Empresas Commercial Kitchen is a great opportunity for Latino entrepreneurs to create their authentic products and recipes in a state and health certified kitchen. Access to kitchen space helps these entrepreneurs formalize and grow their business and create more product.

"I am finally able to launch my catering business. This is a dream I have had for years and now I am proud to say I will be sharing my food with the local community.”   - Empresas Small Business Owner