The national growth initiative calling the Latino Business and Entrepreneurship Initiative is offering this for San Antonio’s West Side. Therefore it is one of the six U.S. communities involving. It is providing by the Aspen Institute Latinos & Society Program.
National Growth Initiative – New Local Program
In fact, the Alamo City leaders are really going to prepare to launch a new local program. It is tying to that involvement. Thus it will seek to help West San Antonio businesses. It has expanded economic opportunities post COVID-19 pandemic.
In predominantly Latino communities, the Aspen Institute Program does target business owners and entrepreneurs. Moreover, it also identifies economic growth opportunities in areas where COVID-19 has worsened the historic inequalities.
Developing Concrete Strategies
“Moreover, this initiative does provide us the opportunity to learn from and work right next to other leading cities to address. Then deal with the needs and advancing our Latino-owned small businesses through definite strategies which are long overdue on the West Side,” said former Mayor Henry Cisneros. Also, Cisneros is chair of the steering committee for the West San Antonio project.
Cross-Sector of Community Leaders
AILAS is responsible for developing the Latino Business and Entrepreneurship Initiative. Therefore, this includes City Learning and Action. It is both support the anchor organizations as well as entrepreneurial ecosystem steering committees. It is comprising of a cross-sector of community leaders. The lead economic development organization of that sector of the city is Prosper West San Antonio which is among the project anchors.
Since July, San Antonio leaders have worked with the Aspen team. That is to perform a comprehensive analysis of the city’s small business economy. This would be to identify cross-city learning opportunities. It did include other Latino-majority cities which were selecting for this program.
Ramiro Gonzales, Prosper West CEO, has said that works to develop a series of strategies. They include those that address recovery and resiliency support. It led to the launch of ESTAR WEST. It is a name given to Aspen Institute’s local initiative.