012 – Latino Business Program: Money, Connections, Advice and Mentoring for Latino Entrepreneurs with Zurilma Anuel, Latino Program Director for Carolina Small Business Development Fund

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Podcast Show Notes

Zurilma joins me today to share how she got involved in the Latino Business Program. She explains the services and support that are available to help Latino businesses and entrepreneurs through the Carolina Small Business Development Fund as well as education and coaching. I also spoke with Lori to learn more about True Ridge Ministries, how it is working within the Latino community, and how the Latino Business Program has helped her make connections and build relationships that have been crucial to the success of her organization.


“Our mission is to foster the economic development of small Latino businesses by providing access to capital and business education.” – Zurilma Anuel


This week on the Supportedly Podcast:


  • Zurilma’s journey from banking to working with the Carolina Small Business Development Fund and creating the Latino Business Program.
  • The mission of the Carolina Small Business Development Fund, and why it has been essential to expand into the Latino business community to break down the language barriers.
  • How Latino entrepreneurs can get access to capital when they can’t get a business loan from a bank.
  • How the Latin Business Program offers coaching and educational opportunities such as how to write a business plan, business finances, and one-on-one coaching.
  • The biggest challenge that Latino businesses are encountering.
  • Lori’s background and what drove her to create her organization and give Latinos a voice.
  • How True Ridge got started and the bilingual court advocacy and case management services.
  • Why Lori believes Latino business owners should take advantage of the Latino Business Program.
  • The advice that Lori would share with entrepreneurs who are just starting their entrepreneurial journey.

“I love the connections and relationships that the Latin Business Program has been vital in introducing.” – Lori Garcia-McCammon


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Podcast Guests

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Zurilma Anuel Program Director, Latino Business Program

Zurilma Anuel is the Latino Program Director at Carolina Small Business Development Fund, a non-profit organization that offers business coaching, mentoring and funding for small Latino businesses and entrepreneurs. Their mission is to create economic opportunity for all people. Zurlima is a board member of the Literacy Council of Asheville Buncombe County and a board member of the Minority Enterprise Development Week. She has a bachelor’s degree in Commercial and Financial Administration from the Central University of Caracas and holds certifications in Economic Development Finance and Business Credit Analysis.

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Lori Garcia-McCammon Founder, True Ridge Ministries

Lori Garcia-McCammon is the founder of True Ridge Ministries, a non-profit organization that unites the community by educating, inspiring and empowering people to create real change. She has been a Bilingual Client Advocate for Safelight and the Family Justice Centre. Lori graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Universidad de Oriente.

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Steph Kissel

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