CVIIC celebrates joining the Build from Within Alliance (BfWA) to strengthen its ability to promote immigrant entrepreneurship in California’s Central Valley.
— Mihailo Temali, CEO of Build from Within Alliance
FRESNO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Feb. 22, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — CVIIC celebrates joining the Build from Within Alliance (BfWA) to strengthen its ability to promote immigrant entrepreneurship in the Valley Central California and to establish new collaborative relationships with other BfWA member organizations.
CVIIC (Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative) is a Fresno, California-based nonprofit organization serving immigrant families in eight Central Valley counties (Kern, Kings, Tulare, Fresno, Madera, Merced, Stanislaus, San Joaquín). It was established in 2014. Its work is based on a regional coordination and collaboration model that has involved community organizations, nonprofits, public and private sector entities. In 2020, CVIIC launched an Immigrant Entrepreneurship pilot program targeting Latino immigrants with the goal of helping them navigate the challenges posed by the pandemic and accompanying economic crisis. The pilot project was developed in collaboration with local partner organizations, including adult education and vocational training institutions, as well as immigrant-serving organizations.
The success of CVIIC’s Immigrant Entrepreneurship Program is now in its second year. Its evolution involves the creation of new resources and learning opportunities that can be offered to program participants, as well as the establishment of additional collaborative relationships with other key institutions, such as the MOBI program of the BfWA and the Santa Clara University.
The Build from Within Alliance is a coalition of 15 community development groups located across the country, from Delaware to Alaska and now California. Members adopt and adapt an effective and holistic approach to entrepreneurship and economic development in disadvantaged neighborhoods. This approach incorporates business planning training, high-risk loans, one-on-one technical assistance, and incubator/real estate resources.
CVIIC’s membership in BfWA is designed to achieve key objectives, including the following:
• Improve CVIIC’s organizational capacity to address immigrant entrepreneurship
• Expand the range of services that can be offered to immigrant families in Central Valley
• Learn from best practices of other BfWA members
• Explore opportunities to create neighborhood-specific entrepreneurial projects
• Share relevant knowledge and resources with Central Valley partner organizations
Jesus Martinez, CVIIC Executive Director, explains the importance of joining the BfWA:
“CVIIC’s participation in the Build from Within Alliance will help us make a quantum leap in our organization’s ability to serve Central Valley immigrants. The BfWA model of entrepreneurship, the resources made available to member organizations, and the decades of experience will be of great benefit to us and to the families and communities in this region of California.
Mihailo Temali, CEO of Build from Within Alliance, says the following about CVIIC’s involvement with BfWA:
“The Build from Within Alliance is honored to welcome its 15th member, Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative, to our nationwide network of community economic developers. CVIIC will bring its deep and rich experience to the members of the Alliance and will learn from each of their experiences. These members are based in low-income communities of color across the country, supporting their local start-up and aspiring entrepreneurs with business plan training, character-based loans, personalized business assistance and a ongoing support to open and expand into affordable commercial spaces. On behalf of our members from Miami to Anchorage, Philadelphia to Denver, and Detroit to New Orleans, we welcome CVIIC and look forward to sharing and learning together how to “Build Community Economies From Within” . ¡Welcome!”
Clarissa Vivian Petrucci, CVIIC’s Special Projects Coordinator and head of the organization’s entrepreneurship program, highlights the value of the relationship with the BfWA:
“We are very excited to begin this collaboration with Build from Within Alliance, an organization that for over 30 years has been training and empowering entrepreneurs to generate positive impact in their neighborhoods. This is a great opportunity for us to absorb all of this experience and knowledge to implement the four fundamental pillars of BFWA in the Central Valley of California. Through this partnership, CVIIC will have more tools to empower immigrants and contribute to the revitalization of rural areas in our region.
CVIIC’s Immigrant Entrepreneurship program works with partner organizations in Central Valley, including Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation and Valley Small Business Development Center, to provide entrepreneurship training to Latino immigrants. A cohort of entrepreneurs was recruited for the fall and winter semesters. A new cohort of participants will be recruited for the spring and summer 2022 courses. In parallel, 8 industry-specific mini-courses are being prepared and offered in Spanish to the general population. CVIIC also participates with Immigrants Rising to help immigrants apply for SEED program grants and works with California State University, Fresno Office of Community & Economic Development to promote entrepreneurial opportunities among residents of rural Central Valley communities. .
Clarisse Vivian Petrucci
Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative
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