Over 80% of Centro’s entrepreneurs are women and low-income individuals
We work primarily with women and minorities who are gifted with an entrepreneurial mind and have skills or experience in a trade, craft, manufacturing or professional service, or simply have a unique idea for a small business. We also strive to work with ever more social entrepreneurs.
Despite their talent and genius, more often than not, our entrepreneurs lack access to the proper business training and commercial credit, and face enormous social challenges in the labor market. Our goal is to provide them with the resources to understand how a successful business works, help them build their credit and access to capital so that as small business owners, they are empowered to join other leaders bringing equity and social justice to their communities.
What our entrepreneurs say
Centro believes that every person should have the opportunity to provide for themselves and their family, and give back to their community. Our approach to development benefits the community not only by fostering economic growth, but also by creating jobs, reinvesting money in the local economy.
Centro entrepreneurs are encouraged to reinvest in communities by purchasing from local suppliers, and using local service providers such as marketing, legal, and accounting professionals. Centro also encourages businesses to incorporate green practices that reduce their carbon footprint or degradation to our environment.
Diversity and inclusion are part of our tenets and we treat everyone in our constituency with dignity and respect. Centro team members are collaborative, collegial, and practice cultural humility, and Centro’s programs reinforce the notion that we are all interconnected, and that by working together, we can improve our lives and the lives of others.