Stakeholder Meeting and Regional Board Kickoff
Prospera’s newest regional office now has a board of volunteer leaders to guide and support our mission. On February 28, Prospera CEO Augusto Sanabria and North Carolina Assistant Vice President José D. Alvarez led a meeting with stakeholders in Charlotte. The attendees discussed recent accomplishments and service delivery, as well as the vision for Prospera’s programs and impact in the region.
The last U.S. Census reported 35,000 Hispanic-owned businesses in North Carolina, and a 24 percent increase in the Hispanic population of the state since the previous census. Prospera established an office with full-time staff in July 2017, thanks in large part to generous funding from Bank of America and Wells Fargo. Representatives from the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Duke Energy, Fifth Third Bank, U.S. Small Business Administration, Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte, CPCC Small Business Center, Self-Help Credit Union and ALPFA participated in the conversation with partners and funders.
The following community leaders are among the inaugural members of the North Carolina Regional Board:
- Martín Flores, LACCC Chairman
- John Herrera, Self-Help Credit Union
- Renée Hode, CPCC Small Business Center
- Michael Olive, Duke Energy