Latino small businesses in Chicopee, Holyoke and Springfield get grants to assist increase

SPRINGFIELD — For Jessika Rozki, owner of Rozki Rides in Springfield, the $1,000 her enterprise received from the Latino Financial Advancement Corp. is far more than a possibility to pay out for skilled accounting.

“It indicates almost everything,” she explained. “It is so useful to have support as a girl business proprietor, as a Latina business enterprise operator.”

The Latino Financial Improvement Corp. this month awarded about $14,000 in mini-grants to 11 firms in Chicopee, Holyoke and Springfield.

Recipients include small corporations like Rozki’s, a 3-12 months-outdated transportation support with 4 employees, a few vans and a smaller bus. It offers transportation to young children, which includes those people with exclusive needs, and is branching out to exclusive activities and other persons-going positions.

“I want to purchase a school bus, 72 passengers,” she mentioned. “I’m a college-bus driver at heart.”

A company may solution the Latino Economic Development Corp. for grant revenue to buy machines and wander absent alternatively awarded $2,000 to deal with the charges of accounting companies they want. The money comes with access to 27 coaches who will support with anything from psychological health to internet marketing.

“Sometimes men and women really do not know what they don’t know,” said Andrew L. Melendez, director of the Latino Economic Development Corp. “With our coaches it is essential that we fill these gaps.”

He mentioned the mini-grants epitomize the operate of the Latino Economic Development Corp. , encompassing the “3 Cs” of thriving organization: coaching money infusion and connection.

Partners for Group, mother or father organization of the Latino Economic Advancement Corp. obtained $300,000 in federal American Rescue Program Act, or ARPA, funding for smaller company grants of $2,000 to $5,000 targeting firms in Holyoke, Springfield and Chicopee.

Very last week’s announcements, hosted in every single of the three towns, ended up only for the initial spherical.

Melendez claimed 172 companies applied and all the applications that had been not successful can carry on on and try out in the upcoming round which will be announced in late January. Information and facts is offered on-line at

The price of the smaller grants, Melendez reported, arrives in pairing know-how with the funding in modest quantities.

“So everybody who gets this grant is likely to get monitored and coached alongside the the line,” he stated. “Then, having a psychologist to chat about burnout, have a personal trainer converse about psychological health and physical wellbeing.”

For example Los Supreme Sizzling Dogs, a food truck that sets up at space Property Depots, obtained $1,000 to increase the menu decals. Although it is not significantly, Melendez reported, it can support the business enterprise pull in a handful of hundred much more pounds a working day in income.

The grants also support business enterprise proprietors steer clear of higher-curiosity loans in the early, far more risky levels of their small business and get ready a greater scenario for decreased-fascination, lower risk funding later on when they are definitely geared up to grow.

Melendez stated he’s proud of the variety of firms that applied and obtained funding, from health-related staffing and transportation to child-care and music manufacturing.

“It’s not just the stereotypical restaurants and barber retailers,” he stated

This spherical of funding recipients include:

Caring Health-related Staffing, $1,000 for accounting providers for a calendar year

Tony Electronic Tunes & Media, $1,000, for gear and software package

MD Beauty Salon, $2,000, for new signage

My Little Talent Day Treatment, $1,000, for cashflow assistance

Los Supreme Sizzling Puppies, $1,000 for signage

AM Creations, $2,000, for initially and final months’ rental payments

Listening With Love, $1,000, for personal computer buys

Naz Modest Repairs, $1,000, to help acquiring typical contractor’s license

Fiesta Café, $1,000, for accounting companies for a yr

Top Legends Barbershop, $1,000 for finance and accounting companies for a 12 months and

Rozki Rides, $1,000 to guide in transportation purchases.