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|Joe Bevilacqua recording|
County Executive Michael Hein
Ulster Latino business leaders hold Spanish speaking entrepreneur seminar
ELLENVILLE – Patrick Nilo and his wife Paulina were two of about 15 people who attended the Spanish Speaking Entrepreneur Seminar, held at Gabby’s Café in Ellenville on Wednesday. It was hosted by the Ulster County Economic Development Alliance.
|Attendees welcomed by County Executive Michael Hein|
Instead, he worked at any job he could land until he was offered a chance to buy a cab company.
Today, Patrick and Paulina’s CJ Cab is celebrating its 20th year in Ellenville.
For Genero Garcia, the restaurant business is booming. Four years ago, a second Gaby’s opened in Rhinebeck and he is now renovating a new space across the street from his current Ellenville location. He wanted to hold the seminar to help people seeking business guidance.
|Genero Garcia co-owner |
of Gaby's Restaurant in Ellenville, NY
Garcia, who was raised in New York City, came to the United States from Mexico when he was 13 years old.
“I always worked. I learned the language. I didn’t go to school a lot, just got the basics. I went to work in the food industry.”
Now Garcia wants to give back to his community by passing on what he has learned about running a successful business.
“You have to know what you really want. You have to have a clear vision of what you are looking for. With my help, we can grow the economy. Small business is what drives the national economy.”
|Carlos Campuzano |
being interviewed by
Carlos Campuzano worked for a community bank for more than 10 years and said he attended the seminar “to inform the people how to qualify for a commercial loan.”
Hispanics are the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States. According to the 2013 census, they constitute 17 percent of the United States population, or 53 million people.
The total Hispanic population in the Village of Ellenville was 1,154 in 2013.
The Columbia, South America born Campuzano pointed out that in Ulster County alone, there are almost 20,000 Spanish speakers. In Ellenville, there are Spanish speakers from Mexico, Central America, and South America.
“They are here because there used to be a lot of jobs here—factories; unfortunately, they closed,” Campuzano said. “Apparently, they are still here but now, they want to open their own businesses in this area. They like to live in this area. They don’t want to move.”
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