Today is: May 29, 2017
HCCL is pleased to refer you to some of our partners – both local, national, and international – who are also valuable resources for your interest in the Latino community.
Unbanked Latinos in New Orleans represent a $750 million market that has generally been overlooked by local banks and credit unions.ASI Federal Credit Union has instituted an aggressive campaign to economicallyempower Latino immigrants by opening Louisiana’s first credit union branch dedicated to serving the Latino community. Located in Mid City, the branch boasts a fully bilingual staff with branch materials printed both in Spanish and English.ASI Federal Credit Union further set itself apart by offering unique financial services that have proven beneficial to the growing Latino population in New Orleans. Upon recognizing the linguistic and cultural barriers preventing many Latinos from access to affordable banking, the credit union has developed several innovative products to fill market gaps, and also recently began offering Immigrant Temporary Identification Number (ITIN) processing services as a free service to members and non-members.ASI seeks to bring New Orleans’ unbanked Latino population into the financial mainstream and support the credit union’s long standing mission of economic empowerment and financial justice within the community.
With multiple campuses as well as both academic and technical curriculum, Delgado is invaluable to HCCL and to the Latino community. HCCL’s Hispanic Business Resources & Technology Center (HBRTC) has been housed on the Delgado Jefferson Campus along Airline Drive in Metairie since July 2008, and it is there that we offer our bilingual workforce development training program. Our adult learners often enroll in Delgado after completing our programs in order to pursue a degree or certificate of study.
Delgado offers ESL courses (English as a Second Language) both for students pursuing an academic curriculum, or a separate ESL program for those pursuing technical studies. Delgado has a very welcoming attitude to Latinos and is actively recruiting higher Latino enrollment.
Furthermore, Delgado houses the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative and is seeking more Latino entrepreneurs to apply to this most prestigious program.
10,000 Small Businesses at Delgado Community College is part of a national, five-year investment by Goldman Sachs and the Goldman Sachs Foundation to unlock the growth and job creation potential of small businesses in the U.S. through greater access to business education, financial capital, and business support services. The initiative is currently active in New Orleans, New York City, and Los Angeles, Houston, and over the next five years, will reach 10,000 small business owners across the country.
The program at Delgado Community College is comprised of three main components:
1. An 80-100 hour business education;
2. 6-8 hours/week of business support services – including technical assistance, one-on-one business advising, and business clinics – as well as assignments in advance of each class to help participants apply classroom learnings to improve their day-to-day operations; and
3. Expert advice to help participants refine their business Growth Plans and effectively position their companies to access capital when the time is right.
The ultimate goal of the initiative is for the participating business owners to increase their revenues and create jobs in New Orleans and its surrounding areas.
Hispanic Apostolate of Catholic Charities of New Orleans :
For a list of their services and contact info, see English version at:
The Hispanic Apostolate of the Archdiocese of New Orleans works in conjunction with Catholic Charities of New Orleans to offer expanded services to the Hispanic community of New Orleans including trauma counseling to individuals, families and groups by a staff psychologist, job search assistance for documented persons, emergency assistance,wage claim clinics, legal and other services, and referrals for the uninsured and underinsured to medical care through the Latino Health Access Network http://llhc.info
See Spanish version at: http://www.ccano.org/hogar/
The Farmers Incubator Project teaches environmentally sustainable ways to produce food and provides economic opportunities for Louisiana’s growing Latino population.
The Project is divided into 5 major training programs:
- Community Gardens/Micro Farms
- Poultry Production (eggs/meat)
- Cheese-making Workshops
- Cow-share Club
- Access to Community Markets
Founded in 1973, the Louisiana Minority Supplier Development Council (formerly Gulf South Minority Supplier Development Council) was formed to assist major corporations in developing, enhancing and expanding minority vendor programs by integrating minority business enterprises (MBEs) into the corporate purchasing mainstream.
LAMSDC serves the State of Louisiana and is one of 39 regional minority purchasing councils affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). This network serves to promote procurement opportunities among the Council’s minority suppliers and nurture relationships between buyers and sellers that increase the number of minority firms actively engaged in corporate supply chains.
Did you know Louisiana was the first state in the U.S. to offer sales tax refunds to international visitors?! Not to be confused with “duty free” shops at international departure terminals in airports, the sales tax refund is provided on tangible items purchased at tax-free stores and permanently removed from the United States. There is no refund for sales taxes paid for personal services, such as: hotels, restaurants, entertainment and transportation.
To see their 2010 status report on international visitors to our area – countries of origen, length of stay in Louisiana, dollars spent etc., see:
The New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation (“NOHHF”) is a non-profit community organization whose main purpose is to provide an organized and directed effort in cultivating and promoting the Hispanic heritage of New Orleans and the Southern region. The NOHHF tries to share and integrate this heritage into the area’s economic cultural and social mainstream. One of the most important tools that the Foundation uses in achieving these goals is its scholarship program. The Foundation seeks, encourages and supports talented Hispanic high-school students by providing them with educational scholarships at local schools participating in the NOHHF Scholarship Program.
The NOHHF is governed and managed by a board of volunteers, all local professionals. Since the work and most of the expenses of the NOHHF are assumed by its volunteers virtually every dollar that is contributed to the Foundation for scholarships goes to the scholarships that are awarded to these outstanding young men and women. Since 1993, the NOHHF has awarded over $300,000 and 250 high school scholarships to top-notch students to some of the best schools in our area. These students go on to be responsible leaders and make substantial contributions to the betterment of our community.
The AZUCAR BALL is the annualsell-out black tie dinner dance gala fundraiser for the NOHHF. It generally takes place the Saturday evening before Thanksgiving and features premiere local chefs, a silent auction, and live Latin bands.
Puentes New Orleans, Incorporated was founded as a non-profit community development organization in April 2007 by a concerned group of Latino community leaders who realized that in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina the New Orleans area Latino community was being systematically excluded from important city planning. These individuals recognized that in large part this exclusion was due to the disorganization and disenfranchisement of the pre Katrina and post Katrina Latino community. With support and guidance from Providence Community Housing, the Hispanic Apostolate Community Services of Catholic Charities, Loyola University’s Common Good, ASI Federal Credit Union, Enterprise Community Partners and Neighborworks America, Puentes began work aimed at empowering Latino families and individuals to become fully integrated participants of the Greater New Orleans area.
LatiNola is their civic engagement program. Through LatiNola they provide volunteer opportunities, conduct voter education and registration, provide leadership growth opportunities, organize special information events, and much more. Learn about this program by visiting the LatiNola website: www.latinolanow.org
Dating back to its origins more than 50 years ago, the World Trade Center of New Orleans is the founding member of the World Trade Centers Association, an organization comprised of over 300 World Trade Centers in almost 100 countries across the globe.
The mission of the World Trade Center is to facilitate on behalf of our members the addition of wealth and jobs in Louisiana through international trade, economic development and allied activities by supporting a prosperous international business climate in Louisiana with advocacy, information, education, and stakeholder programs and services.
Implementation of our mission results in the retention, recruitment and expansion of Louisiana-based international businesses, contributing to the state’s overall economic development.
For more than 21 years, LiftFund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has helped individuals achieve the American Dream by providing small business loans to those who do not have access to capital from typical lending sources, such as traditional banks. Along with vital small business loans, LiftFund provides educational services at no cost to borrowers, which are essential to foster self-sufficiency.
Center for Immigrant Education of Louisiana (CIELO)
The Center for Immigrant Education of Louisiana, LLC (CIELO) is a social enterprise that uses part of profits from its onsite, workplace language courses to fund low-cost ESL and adult education classes at non-profits in the Greater New Orleans Area.
CIELO seeks to address the educational and job readiness needs of the Latino immigrant population in the GNO area by providing language classes and integrated workforce development workshops to assist them in their efforts to participate and engage in a constructive way with the greater community. A 2012 study by the Greater New Orleans Community Data Center shows that the income disparities among the African American, Hispanic and white populations in New Orleans exist due to the differences in educational attainment.
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