For Immediate Release

March 7,  2016


Jacqueline Lara, MWBC


Maryland Women’s Business Center to Begin Offering Workshops and Trainings in Spanish

New Bilingual Business Counselor will also Support International Trade Program  

Rockville, MD, March, 7, 2016–Today, the Maryland Women’s Business Center announced their new offering of workshops and trainings in Spanish to meet the growing market of Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs.  According to the latest U.S. Census figures, Hispanics are now the second largest minority in the State of Maryland with an approximate population of 557,371, and they comprise the fastest growing small business segment.

“Business support services that cater to this population are scarce, and this is where we think we can significantly provide the necessary assistance they need to be successful. Therefore, we are thrilled to have bilingual Business Counselor Martha Jimenez on board. Her international corporate background at AIG Colombia combined with her experience as an international business consultant will be invaluable to our clients,” said Kiesha Haughton, Managing Director of Maryland Women’s Business Center.

Later this year, MWBC will launch an international trade program focusing on resource partner development, training, counseling, and trade missions/delegations opportunities.

“I am excited to bring my skills to MWBC, and I am working to establish strong relationships with Spanish-language partners like Chambers of Commerce, We Are CASA, Economic Development Centers, banks and churches.  I know they all contribute to the economic well-being of the country,” said Martha Jimenez, Business Counselor/Trainer of Maryland Women’s Business Center.

Jimenez will teach a six-week Write an Effective Business Plan Intensive series beginning on Tuesday, April 5 out of our Rockville office. For more information and registration details, click here.

“Hispanic women have typically been identified as a population with strong entrepreneurial skills used to survive as immigrants in this country.  They often encounter language barriers, and I want to help these women build successful businesses through counseling and training,” added Jimenez.

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About Maryland Women’s Business Center

Maryland Women’s Business Center (MWBC) was established in 2010 as a program of the nonprofit Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) to help people throughout the region start and build successful women-owned enterprises that are positioned for long-term growth. MWBC conducts specialized training, offers individual business counseling, and provides unique resources.  Our special initiatives include a Childcare Business Development Program and StartRight! Women’s Business Plan Competition. Stay connected on Facebook, Instagram ,LinkedIn, and Twitter.

About Rockville Economic Development, Inc.

Rockville Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) is a public-private partnership formed in 1997 by the City of Rockville, Maryland to strengthen and broaden the city’s economic base through business entrepreneurship, expansion, retention, and recruitment programs.REDI offers guidance and support to help businesses at all stages of growth launch, locate and expand in Rockville.  For more information, contact 301-315-8096 or visit