EDITOR’S NOTES: The Lyons Recorder is publishing this News Brief because Lyons is known to have a high percentage of women business owners over the decades. The services offered at Mi Casa Women’s Business Center is open to all women in the State of Colorado. (see information in bottom half of our article)
GRANT AWARDS AND PURPOSE
The U.S. Small Business Administration issued 14 grant awards, across the nation, of up to $200,000 each, including Denver-based Mi Casa Women’s Business Center.
The grant, which aims to establish or continue innovative projects aimed at improving service delivery, training and support provided to women-owned businesses impacted by COVID-19, was also awarded to other WBCs in 12 states. The program is provided as part of the Women’s Business Centers Resiliency and Recovery Demonstration Grant under the SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership.
“The growth and recovery of women-owned small businesses is essential to our nation’s economy. During the pandemic, our Women’s Business Centers have played an integral role in meeting the needs of women entrepreneurs during an especially challenging time. As resource providers, they have been impacted by the changing business landscape and have pivoted to meet community needs,” said Natalie Madeira Cofield, Assistant Administrator for SBA’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership. “With this funding, we will support WBCs with established innovative programming to increase outreach to aspiring and active women entrepreneurs nationwide. We are proud to support organizations who have deep connections to small, diverse and rural communities across the country who understand their unique needs.”
This grant program was open to existing SBA-funded WBCs. Approximately $2.7 million in total funding was available for this program. Successful respondents demonstrated innovative approaches to service delivery to address the needs of women business owners adversely affected by COVID-19. Proposals included detailed plans to continue or establish projects to improve service delivery, training, and support to women-owned businesses impacted by the pandemic. Applicants were required to also provide counseling, technical and financial skill development, comprehensive business assessments, and mentoring services to women interested in starting or growing a small business.
The project awards will be made for one year of performance.
MI CASA WOMEN’S CENTER
Frances Padilla, Director for the SBA’s Colorado District Office, said the award to Mi Casa would allow it to continue its efforts to “reach Colorado women and minority and small businesses on their entrepreneurial journeys.”
Congratulations to our Women’s Business Center, hosted by Mi Casa Resource Center, on this successful award. Over the last 18 months, Mi Casa WBC has transformed their model of service delivery and transfigured programming to be impactful for underserved communities. We look forward to our ongoing collaboration as we service the needs of our state’s small business community.”
Mi Casa Resource Center believes in the potential of all people to achieve their educational, professional, and entrepreneurial goals. We educate, train, and support youth and adults on their path to economic success. We are a change-making organization committed to advancing family prosperity.
It was formed in 1976:
At its inception in the late 1970s, Mi Casa began offering job-training programs for women to help them break into higher-paying jobs traditionally filled by men. Recognizing self-employment as another viable route to economic stability, Mi Casa expanded in the mid-1980s to include bilingual business development services to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit of low-income, female, and minority business owners. In the late-1990s, Mi Casa responded to the need for enrichment programs during out-of-school time by offering a school-based neighborhood center and other academic and enrichment programs for middle and high school youth.
As Mi Casa grew and developed, we recognized the need for programs to advance economic self-sufficiency for the entire family. In 2016, our mission evolved to reflect an expanded target population: advance the economic success of families with limited opportunities, as an organization grounded in our Latino heritage.
In July 2017, Mi Casa moved its headquarters to Denver’s Westwood neighborhood. In recognition of a lead gift to our capital campaign from the Salazar Family Foundation, Mi Casa’s headquarters were named “Salazar Center for Family Prosperity.” The move to Southwest Denver, along with the state-of-the-art technology and training rooms at the Salazar Center for Family Prosperity, allows us to better serve the community and more efficiently work toward our mission of educating, supporting, and training youth and adults on their path to economic success.
NOTE: Mi Casa is hiring! and their Partners! — They have several free courses and tools; both online and in person. In English and Spanish.
Also, we asked if Mi Casa served Lyons, and they replied: I wanted to clarify that FLOWS has work in the city of Boulder community. That is our main area of focus.