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Bilingual Entrepreneurial Sustainability Center gets two more years of funding

The Latino Entrepreneurial Network Incorporated (LEN) announced Tuesday that its Bilingual Entrepreneurial Sustainability Center (BEST) has secured $65K additional funding for two additional years. The BEST Center, launched in 2021 with support from the Zilber Foundation, is now set to continue its mission for the next two years, thanks to the foundation’s renewed commitment. 

“We deeply appreciate the foundation’s investment in our community and their shared commitment to creating a socio-economic ecosystem that empowers individuals from diverse backgrounds and educational backgrounds to enhance their financial well-being through entrepreneurship,” Latino Entrepreneuial Network founder Dr. Nelson Soler said in a statement.

The BEST Center provides technical assistance to gig workers and solo entrepreneurs, assisting them in formalizing their businesses and generating job opportunities. The current funding has benefitted 47 cleaning companies and 32 construction contractors, enabling them not only to formalize their businesses but also to obtain licensing or certification training in Dwelling Contractors Licenses, Lead Abatement Renovation Licenses, Lead Abatement Worker Licenses, and COVID-19 Sanitization Certification from the Building Services Contractor International. Additionally, the Center offers support for test proctoring, computer usage, and training on test-taking strategies. This program is limited to Milwaukee Zip Codes 53215 and 53204. 

Furthermore, participants in the program are connected to existing work opportunities through collaborations with organizations such as the Social Development Commission, City of Milwaukee, VIA CDC, Revitalize Milwaukee, and Community First, specifically in the fields of lead abatement, specialty construction, turn-key projects and more. Cleaning company participants are connected with existing contracts in the public and private sectors based on their current capacity.

More details about the BEST Center are available by calling Cinthia at 414-509-6009 or emailing cinthia@latinoentrepreneurialnetwork.org