Celebrating Eight Years Of Success Stories

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The Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation celebrates its eighth anniversary on Thursday. The group offers support and training to Latino businesses in Omaha.

Many of the 400 Latino-owned businesses the MLCDC supports are along South 24th Street. The organization has a simple mission, to help Latinos run successful businesses and bring jobs and economic growth to their community.

They train, in Spanish, about business plans, finding loans and grants and understanding marketing and markets. The businesses range from restaurants to construction companies and auto body shops to craft shops. Also, a growing list of child care centers like one started by Aleyda Toscano in her home two years ago that continues to grow.

MLCDC President Marta Londono-Mejia says businesses like Toscano's help promote growth in the Latino community. “These women are making the difference, not only making a difference with the children, but with the jobs that they have created, but to educate the future generations of children is very important."

Anyone just starting out can use this information:

-Write out a clear business plan. Put your dreams on paper.
-Go to a bank, ask questions and look for loans.
-Make sure there's a market for what you're selling.
-Find employees that have the skills needed to make and sell the product.

The Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation's eighth anniversary celebration goes from 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday at its office near South 24th and N streets.

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