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Hispanic Heritage Month: Increasing Lending Opportunities for Latinx Small Businesses

Updated: Jan 4

For Hispanic Heritage Month, Diomaris Pimentel, Founder & CEO of DIO's Accounting Services, had the pleasure of being a panelist at the event "Increasing Lending Opportunities for Latinx Small Businesses".


The event was hosted at UMass Lowell Innovation Hub Haverhill by the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) Boston with special guest, the US Small Business Administration (SBA), in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month as an event for Latina/o/x small business owners.



Diomaris spoke on the panel, "Success Stories from Local Business Owners," which was moderated by Isis Ortiz, Eastern Bank and President of Association of Latino Professionals for America.


The other panelists included:



"Our economic success leads to more power and influence, which, in turn, drives further progress for our Latinx community," wrote ALPFA Boston. In line with this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month’s theme of prosperity, power, and progress, this event brought together the Latinx small business community for an event that aimed to foster connections, provide learning opportunities, and create a platform for collaboration within the small Latina/o/x business community.


Attendees heard a range of success stories from industry experts who shared insights, advice, and strategies related to small business growth, challenges, and opportunities. More than a dozen financial institutions and community lending organizations were available to meet with business owners and entrepreneurs to provide resources and help the businesses grow.


Throughout the event, entrepreneurs had the opportunity to network, gain valuable knowledge, and engage with small business lenders to find solutions to support their business endeavors, learn about new tools and resources, and explore potential partnerships.



ALPFA is a national, not-for-profit professional association that creates opportunities, adds value, and builds relationships with its members, the community, and its business partners while expanding Latino Leadership in the global workforce.


The Boston Chapter is one of ALPFA’s largest chapters in the country with more than 6000 members and more than 40 corporate partners. Established in 1972, ALPFA is the leading Latino professional organization focusing on developing Latino business leaders in the United States. With 45 professional chapters and over 72,000 members nationwide, ALPFA is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for Latinos and building leadership and career skills.

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