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Recent posts by Juan Sandoval

REAP Latino Business Center: We invite you to celebrate with us!

Have you heard? The REAP Hispanic Business Center is now called the REAP Latino Business Center. The name change coincides with the opening of our new business coaching office in Schyuler, Nebraska.

We asked a few friends to tell you what they think about our work serving Latino entrepreneurs. Here’s what they had to say.

Meet Juan Sandoval, REAP Hispanic Business Center Director

I grew up in the 3rd largest city in Venezuela. When I moved to Norfolk, Nebraska in 1999, it was a bit of a culture shock. But I love that everyone in town knows who I am. Everywhere I go, I run into a friend.

I have learned to appreciate the little things in life. When I’m driving through Nebraska, I take a moment every day to look at the beautiful prairies, small farms, red barns, soy and corn fields, feedlots, and many brick buildings dating from the 1800-1900s. In all, Rural America is a great place to live.

Do Your Homework to Avoid Costly Fines and Headaches

There is no secret about differences in opening a business in many Latin America countries and in the United States. Latinos decide to become micro-entrepreneurs in their own countries because of the lack of jobs. They need to provide for themselves and their families and move to what is known as the informal or grey economy.

Be Smart: Technology Is the Key

On February 25, I conducted a workshop via Skype from Durham, North Carolina, to a crowd at the College Center in South Sioux City. The session was titled "Incorporating Technology in Your Business."

How much do you know about technology? You can test your knowledge through a number of online quizzes. It turns out, the most knowledgeable are teenagers from 14 to 15 years old. They scored up to 113 points, exceeding the average of 100. Even more surprising, a 6 year old knows as much about technology as some people who are 45!