The Award Winning Latino Entrepreneurial Network of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc., (LEN), provides services and educational programs for individuals and business owners in the Milwaukee community. LEN's focus is on youth programs and English as Second Language (ESL) entrepreneurial programs, educating low income and underserved individual
The Award Winning Latino Entrepreneurial Network of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc., (LEN), provides services and educational programs for individuals and business owners in the Milwaukee community. LEN's focus is on youth programs and English as Second Language (ESL) entrepreneurial programs, educating low income and underserved individuals on numerous business topics.
LEN's mission is to promote entrepreneurial awareness and education through bilingual coaching, professional development and networking.
LEN was founded by Nelson Soler, Cuautemoc Rodriguez, Barbara Guzman, Christopher Castillo, Debra O'Neil, Marina Garza Croft and Araceli Garcia on November of 2005 as an Alumni Association of the UWM Hispanic Entrepreneurial Center. On 2007, LEN became independent and was chartered as a 501c3 Educational Charity.
2010 US Small Hispanic Chamber of Commerce by USHCC
2012 US Medium Hispanic Chamber of Commerce by USHCC
Our mission is to promote entrepreneurial awareness and education through bilingual coaching, professional development and networking.
Workshops are intended to raise the level of ﬁnancial literacy in our community. Our primary goal is to address topics related to building individual economic wealth.
All of our monthly meetings have a strategic networking component. We believe that for individuals and entrepreneurs to grow, they need to develop relationships. We do this in a very informal, yet structured, manner while we enjoy learning from each other and expert speakers. Meetings take place the third Thursday of the month at different locations. The meetings are open to all individuals or organizations interested in the topics presented. Meetings cost non members $10.00 for refreshments and materials, while members' meeting fees are covered in yearly dues of $50.00.
We believe that raising entrepreneurship awareness and providing career choices needs to start at a young age.
The camp provides an opportunity for youth between the ages of 9 and 17 to learn how to develop and effective business plan presentation in one week. The BEST Youth Camp recently completed is ﬁfth year mentoring Milwaukee youth with business plan training.
This 8-week programs prepare established entrepreneurs poised to growth with financing or investing opportunities.
The program has three elements: 6 week strategic training, bilingual business coaching and business growth plan articulation to a group of lenders or investors. 85% of the graduates of this program have secure some type of financing after successful program completion.
This program is partly funded by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce.
We are a network of bilingual service professionals, and microenterprises, that through strategic alliances and coaching relations, extend each other access to marketing, real estate, advertising, accounting, tax preparation and consulting services.
LEN has partnered with the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Southeastern Wisconsin to offer technical assistance in Cash Flow Management and in Business Continuation Strategies.
A nonprofit is as strong as the community that holds it up. Together, we can do more than we can do alone. Let's bring our abilities and passions together to affect real change.
There are many ways to join us and support our mission. Contact us to find out more about volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, and ways that you can get our message to your friends and family.
Learn more about our upcoming events, fundraisers, and more!