Harrisburg– Continuing to advance Governor Tom Corbett’s JOBS1st PA
initiative, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan
Walker today announced
the award of a Discovered in PA – Developed in PA grant to help launch the
Latino Innovation and Growth program designed to spur business growth and
new business creation in the Greater Philadelphia region.
our entrepreneurs with the tools they need to grow and create jobs is a large
part of why Pennsylvania continues to be a leader in innovation,” said Walker.
“Grants awarded through the Discovered in PA – Developed in PA program are
strategic investments in our entrepreneurs who continue to provide the vision
and innovation that make Pennsylvania great.”
Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (GPHCC) was awarded a $150,000
Discovered in PA – Developed in PA (D2PA) grant to support the Latino Innovation
and Growth program.
provides services to the growing Hispanic entrepreneurial community in the
Greater Philadelphia Region. In order to address the challenges startup
businesses face, small business development and educational programs were created
to strengthen the advancement and economic growth of Latino small businesses.
workshops assist startups and established businesses to engage in a growth plan
through public sector procurement ensuring their sustainability overtime. The
program will work with 200 business owners with one to five employees to help
participants build relationships with vendors, customers and other influential
people and teaches business owners how to maximize relationships for business
successfully launched the program in June, and using the Business Model Canvas,
participating Hispanic business owners mapped their business plan, creating
seven jobs and retaining 49 employees,” said Varsovia Fernandez, President
& CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber. “The Greater
Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber is truly excited that we are able to use an
innovative approach to accelerated business growth in the Latino community.”
grant announcement continues the momentum of Gov. Corbett’s JOBS1st PA
initiative, which was first launched in 2012 and has created a comprehensive
roadmap to economic recovery that harnessed the state’s resources and talents
to prioritize private-sector job creation and retention. Today, Pennsylvania's unemployment
rate stands at a five-year low, and jobs have been growing on a consistent
basis for nearly four years.
established by Governor Corbett in 2011 to build capacity to support
Pennsylvania businesses and to spur creativity and innovation in the provision of
economic development services. Last fiscal year, the
D2PA program supported initiatives tied to growing the life sciences, advanced
manufacturing, business incubators, and education, workforce and economic
information about Gov. Corbett’s JOBS1st PA initiative, visit www.pa.gov.