Small Business Administration Administrator Isabella Castillo Guzman visited Green Bay on Wednesday, hearing from several Latino-owned businesses as part of the Biden Administration’s “Latino Prosperity Tour.”
“All the key components are here for successful entrepreneurship,” Guzman said.
Guzman started the day with a tour of The Cannery, a three-month-old food service business incubator where five culinary startups share a kitchen and dining space. She then visited Brow Beauty Bar to meet owner Maricela Vera, who received an SBA loan to stay afloat during the pandemic, and RG Roofing, which used an SBA loan to buy their headquarters building.
“Green Bay is just an example of how Latino businesses are starting up across the country. It’s not just in the Southwest,” Guzman said. “I think that the challenges that small businesses face every day are universal in terms of the workforce challenges, as well as just navigating resources. I would say that we’ve tried to ensure that we’re investing in networks so that businesses can easily connect to services. So to see that Chamber and its incubator program and the Cannery in that incubator program, connecting entrepreneurs to small business resources gives me a lot of hope for the community here.”