Training Program Helps Small Business Owners

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

Establishing a small business is no easy task, especially if you are new to the country. There is a program in Omaha that can help though and they've been very successful.

Berenice Mora loves children, so when she moved to America she decided she wanted to open up a daycare and have it be a place she could be proud of. "Since I came to this country I really wanted to my own business," said Mora.

Well fast forward twenty years later and she's done much more than that, she's open up several in Omaha called Bere's Childcare. She said a big part of her success is thanks to the guidance she got from the Catholic Charities Microbusiness Training program.

"It helped me a lot. They teach us how to really have a business grow since the beginning."

Mora is just one of the many that have gone through the program over the years. John Griffith with Catholic Charities said, "Over the last ten years the program has helped support around 360 businesses get started. In addition those businesses have hired around 700 employees, so it's been very impactful to the community."

Wednesday morning a dozen of those business owners were honored for their success. Businesses ranging from restaurants, to retail, and construction companies. "The goal is to encourage them and encourage other people that are looking to start businesses in the area," said Mabel Alarcon with Catholic Charities.

Mora was one of those that received the aware and a shining example of how a little help can go a long way. She's happy the program is still going strong and helping others.

For information on Microbusiness Training you can call 402-933-0756 or email mabela@ccomaha.org.


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