OMWBE Certification Workshop

The Business Opportunity Center in collaboration with the Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises are hosting certification 101 and 201 workshops at the historic building at El Centro de la Raza in Beacon Hill.
101-presentation of different certifications (state and federal)
201-test account and walk through of application
Currently certification fee is waived for new applicants as well as businesses that are renewing their certification through June 2024. Join us!
Register with
Yadira Alvarez at 206-957-4620 or email yalvarez@elcentrodelaraza.org
Luis Jaimez at 206-833-2986 or email ljocampo@elcentrodelaraza.org
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El Centro de Oportunidad de Negocios en colaboración con la Oficina de Empresas Comerciales de Mujeres y Minorías del Estado de Washington, los invita al taller de certificación 101 y 201 en el edificio histórico de El Centro de la Raza en Beacon Hill.
101-presentación de diferentes certificaciones (estatales y federales)
201-cuenta de prueba y recorrido de la solicitud
Actualmente, la tarifa de certificación no se aplica a los nuevos solicitantes ni a las empresas que renuevan su certificación hasta junio de 2024. ¡acompáñenos!
Regístrate con:
 Yadira Alvarez al 206-957-4620 o por correo electrónico a yalvarez@elcentrodelaraza.org
 Luis Jaimez al 206-833-2986 o por correo electrónico a ljocampo@elcentrodelaraza.org

Digital Skills for Life Training

Por parte de El Centro de la Raza, los queremos invitar a nuestra capacitación gratuita: Habilidades Digitales que se realizara lunes y miércoles de 5:30 – 7:30pm por zoom comenzando el 24 de julio al 23 de agosto.  Si están interesados, favor de contactar a Yadira Alvarez al 206.957.4620 o por correo electrónico a yalvarez@elcentrodelaraza.orgEl curso tiene espacio limitado, por lo que se les invita a inscribirse lo antes posible.

Capacitación de Habilidades Digitales

24 de Julio – 23 de Agosto, 2023

Lunes y Miércoles

Clases Virtuales Por Zoom

5:30 – 7:30 PM

 

Gracias a Google y UnidosUS, el curso ayuda a participantes a conocer conceptos básicos de computación incluyendo:

Proteger a sus hijos de la tecnología – obtendrán información de herramientas y plataformas para evitar contenido inapropiado y protección de fraude para sus hijos.

Conocer los elementos de una Computadora

Conocer programas de oficina como Word, Excel, y PowerPoint

Obtendrán herramientas para navegar en internet

 

Los esperamos!

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On behalf of El Centro de la Raza, we want to invite you to our free Spanish digital literacy training: Digital Skills for Life that will take place Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 – 7:30 pm via zoom. The training begins July 24th – August 23rd, 2023.  If you are interested, please contact Yadira Alvarez at 206.957.4620 or via email at yalvarez@elcentrodelaraza.orgPlease contact us soon as the course has limited space.

 

Digital Skills For Life Training

July 24th – August 23rd, 2023

Monday and Wednesday

Virtual via Zoom

5:30 – 7:30 PM

 

Thanks to Google and UnidosUS, the course will help participants learn basic computer concepts including:

Protect your children from technology – learn best practices to block inappropriate digital content

Know the elements of a computer

Learn about office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Best practices for surfing the internet

 

We look forward to seeing you!

Take Action: Requiring King County Businesses to Accept Cash and the 2023 Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Awards Nominations

King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles has introduced an ordinance that would make it illegal for businesses in unincorporated King County to refuse payments in cash. There is a lot of data out there that shows cashless businesses hurt communities of color, seniors, undocumented residents and refugee and immigrant communities, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and those experiencing homelessness. Everyone should be able to participate in our economy, be able to purchase food and other basic items, and be able to pay with cash if they’re unbanked or underbanked or prefer not using bank cards because of privacy concerns.

The first hearing on this ordinance will on March 28 at 9:30 in the Local Services Committee. Please email or call your Councilmember to show your support of this ordinance! You can find your district and Councilmember contact information here and sample email and phone messages below.

Sample email:

Dear Councilmember [NAME OF YOUR COUNCILMEMBER]:

My name is [YOUR NAME] and I live in the [DISTRICT NUMBER] District. I’m writing to you to express my support for the recently introduced ordinance by Councilmember Kohl-Welles that would make it illegal for businesses in unincorporated King County to refuse cash payments
. Cashless businesses have been show to hurt already marginalized communities, like people of color, seniors, undocumented, refugee and immigrant communities, disabled people, and those experiencing homelessness

According to the FDIC’s Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2020 (May 2021), 18% of adults in the U.S. are unbanked or underbanked, meaning they may lack access to digital forms of payment, including credit or debit cards. This problem is worse for minority households, adults with less education and adults with lower income.

Another concern is that noncash transactions generate vast amounts of data. Paying with cash provides consumers with significantly more privacy than do electronic forms of payment.

Furthermore, when consumers are forced to pay for goods and services in cashless transactions, they (as well as the businesses where they shop) are also often forced to incur added expenses in the form of network and transaction fees.

It is crucial for people to be able to obtain necessities at their local stores and restaurants without being turned away because they want to pay with cash.

Thank you for your leadership on these important issues,
[YOUR NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION]

Sample phone message:

My name is [YOUR FIRST & LAST NAME] and I am your constituent. I’m calling to express my support for the recently introduced ordinance by Councilmember Kohl-Welles that would make it illegal for businesses in unincorporated King County to refuse cash payments.

Cashless businesses hurt communities that are more likely to be unbanked or underbanked, which include people of color, seniors, undocumented, refugee and immigrant communities, disabled people, and those experiencing homelessness. Cash payments also provide more privacy and do not incur added expenses in the form of network and transaction fees which burden lower margin businesses.

It is crucial for people to be able to obtain necessities at their local stores and restaurants without being turned away because they want to pay with cash.

Thank you for your attention to this important issue!

Also, read the ACLU blog post about the importance of requiring businesses to accept cash.

2023 Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award Nominations

El Centro de la Raza’s late founder, Roberto Maestas helped organize the 1972 peaceful occupation of the abandoned Beacon Hill school, which later became El Centro de la Raza as we know it today. Roberto Maestas’s life was dedicated to building “Beloved Community” through multi-racial unity. He deeply believed that poverty, racism, and social inequity could only be eradicated if people of all races and backgrounds came together to do so.
 
In honor of Roberto and his legacy, the 13th Annual Roberto Felipe Maestas Legacy Award recognizes two individuals who have exemplified Building the Beloved Community through multi-racial unity and working to eliminate poverty, racism, and social inequity. We encourage people of all races, ethnicities, ages, and gender identities to apply for this award. 
 
El Centro de la Raza will celebrate awardees and their contributions by making a $1,000 gift in their name to an organization of their choice. Award recipients will be recognized at El Centro de la Raza’s Building the Beloved Community Gala, which is set to take place on Saturday, October 14, 2023.
 
Legacy Award applicants can self-nominate or be nominated by someone else here.

The Deadline for application submission is Tuesday, May 31, 2023 at 5:00pm Pacific Time.

How one business navigated the PPP program and the Pandemic

According to the NIH, in early 2020, the number of active businesses dropped in the US by 22%.  Latinx business owner activity dropped by an astounding 32% and women-owned businesses also took disproportional losses of 25%.

Elizabeth Sevilla, Owner of Yayis Service LLC

Like other residential construction businesses, by early 2021, Yayis Service LLC, saw their revenue decline as homeowners postponed projects due to the pandemic and material expenses continued to increase.  After several years of running a successful business, Yayis Service LLC owner, Elizabeth Sevilla, decided to reach out to our Business Opportunity Center Small Business Development (SBD) program to see how she could help her business cope with the pandemic.

To her relief, SBD walked Elizabeth through all of the requirements for eligibility of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), a government funded program that provides low interest rates turned into grants through the Small Business Administration.  Through one-on-one conversations, SBD helped her navigate the process, in Spanish.  Together, they completed the application, from documentation gathering to contract signing.  The SBA approved Elizabeth for a $19,400 loan at 1% interest rate.  This allowed Elizabeth to keep her team on and fund payroll and continue her business.  

A photo from a Yayis Service LLC project on Thumbtack.com

Beyond navigating the process together, the SBD kept in touch with Elizabeth to ensure Yayis Service LLC was keeping records of its spending on eligible expenses, such as payroll.

In January 2022, Elizabeth became eligible to apply for forgiveness of her SBA loan. SBD guided Elizabeth on the forgiveness application process and she was indeed approved for loan forgiveness.  Thanks to the PPP and its forgiveness program, Elizabeth was able apply for a $19,400 loan, apply for forgiveness, and successfully turn her loan into a business grant – meaning no money owed!

The health and success of El Centro de la Raza begins with you. Support from a broad base of community members including foundations, individuals, and corporations is critical to our success and we ask that you carefully consider making a personally meaningful gift – it may be the largest gift you have ever made.