MLCDC: Meeting Needs by Investing in Opportunities
Antonio immigrated to the United States 19 years ago. Antonio worked for a company for 10 years, bought a house, and raised his child as a single father. Throughout this time, Antonio’s favorite hobby was working on cars, and eventually he began to dream that one day he could become a mechanic and open his own shop.
Antonio came to Midlands Latino Community Development Corporation with his dream five years ago. MLCDC helped him prepare a business plan and provided other advice about owning and operating a business in Nebraska. Like most people carefully nurturing a dream, Antonio kept his day job while he slowly gathered the things he needed. He found a location and secured enough tools to serve a few customers on the side.
As a member of the MLCDC’s business loan group “The Pioneers,” Antonio secured a micro-loan to purchase additional tools for his shop. Antonio quitted his day job and became a full-time mechanic. His business was steady, so he hired his brother on as a second employee.
Recently, Antonio worked with MLCDC a second business plan to rent a bigger shop an lay the groundwork to hire three additional employees. By working with MLCDC, he has also been able to clear up his credit history with the hope of one day being able to secure commercial credit if needed.
2014 MLCDC Gala Night
More info and registration...
Free parking lot at the Central City parking located at West of Double Tree Hotel (Downtown) on 17th Street