Please show your support by signing this petition. The San José Redevelopment Agency is closing the Entrepreneur Center, a Silicon Valley resource that has served thousands of beginning individuals to initiate their businesses and has enabled tens of thousands of existing businesses to grow their companies through the consulting services of SCORE, SBDC and access to SBA guaranteed micro loans and 504 SBA guaranteed loans to purchase real estate for their company. The Entrepreneur Center was a partnership between the City of San José and the SBA which acquired industry partners to contribute $2 million dollars to remodel the Entrepreneur Center into a world class facility to support the business community of Silicon Valley in their commercial development. The Greater San José Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's role as a service provider to its constituency that includes the entire San Francisco Bay Area and beyond is negatively affected by the unexpected closing of the Entrepreneur Center. In addition the Entrepreneur Center has been a showcase for visiting foreign dignitaries and the countless foreign Trade Delegations from Europe, Africa, Asia, South East Asia, and Latin America which the Greater San José Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has hosted at the behest of the United States State Department and the United States Department of Commerce from Washington, D.C.
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Sergio Domeyko, United States5 years ago Comments: this is a large vital space where I have taught and assisted classes over the last four years. It would be a great loss to the city, state and US if it is closed. This location has been shown to so many national and international delegations as an example of how to help grow small business through coordinated efforts from different entities.
Louis Sciupac, Peru5 years ago
Nani Noverita, United States5 years ago Comments: I have benefited from coming to this center. I was a single mom on welfare. I am no longer on welfare I have my own business and I am a minority. I am flourishing and growing.
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