State Farm Awards Grant to OCA's
Victoria J. Rumsey |
202 223 5500 |
WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA,
a national organization with more than 80 chapters and affiliates dedicated to
advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Asian Pacific
Americans (APAs) is pleased to announce a $75,000 grant from State Farm ® to
support OCA’s Entrepreneur Empowerment Training (EET) program.
The fishing industry
has become the pathway for many Southeast Asians to live the American Dream.
This training will help members of the Southeast Asian community in New Orleans
who desire to start their own small business.
"State Farm is proud to support
OCA and the Entrepreneur Training Program (EET), as we recognize the many
benefits of small businesses and the importance of how entrepreneurship can lead
to the American Dream for many APAs. My parents owned a small business in
Mississippi and I am certainly living the American Dream,” Sonya Gong Jent, Vice
President-Operations, Multicultural Business Development, State Farm.
Since 2007, OCA has partnered with State Farm
through the EET program, which provides APAs with tools and skills to start a
small business, such as determining funding needs and writing a business plan.
The program will begin with a three-day training that will focus on small
business development, food production/food packaging, food services and personal
"OCA is committed to contributing positively to
the communities that OCA members live in and providing opportunities for
development and leadership,” said Ken Lee, OCA national president. "We are
confident that this program will help APA entrepreneurs continue to fulfill
their goals of financial freedom and economic well-being within their respective
The EET program goals are to provide job creation
guidelines and small business management skills. Participants select a
curriculum track to create sustainable enterprises. The long-term goal is for
each participant to have the ability to train their employees in business
practices that will sustain a growing concern.
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