Hispanic women are much more likely than non-Hispanic women to live in poverty. Many times they lack the education, experience and skills – even the self-confidence – to pursue gainful and stable employment.

The ¡Avanzando Juntas! Latinas’ Economic Empowerment Program is an innovative program that offers Latinas the opportunity to capitalize on their interests, skills and talents in their journey of personal and professional growth. We encourage, support and inspire participants to start their own micro-enterprises as they acquire the knowledge and tools needed to succeed. The program was launched in 2014 with funds from The Coca-Cola Foundation and is tailored to meet the needs of Latina immigrants.

Essentially, we are creating a space where Latinas can get the knowledge, support and entrepreneurial skills necessary to become economically stable. Our program has a strong cultural and linguistic foundation and is tailored specifically for Latinas.

A critical component of the program is the Latina Empowerment Conference. The 2nd Annual Latina Empowerment Conference will take place on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the  Infinite Energy Center in Duluth.


¡Avanzando Juntas! offers programs in various areas: Women and Business, Women and Education and Women and Employment. You can participate in different programs at the same time.

Women & Business

“Mujeres y Negocios” is an entrepreneurship course offered in Spanish to Latinas who already have a clear idea of the type of business they want to open. The course, designed by experienced entrepreneurs, offers the know-how and tools so that participants can put their business plan into action. At the end of the eight-week course, students will have a road map that will steer them toward starting their own business. The business plan will also help participants seek capital.

¡Avanzando Juntas! participants will gain access to a mentoring program and networking events, as well as be considered to receive a microloan, if eligible.

The next “Mujeres y Negocios” course starts on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and on Saturday, February 4, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Before beginning the free eight-week course, prospective participants must attend two mandatory classes:

Class #1: Are You Ready to Start Your Own Business?
Before even thinking how to launch a business venture, participants must ask themselves if they are ready to transform their business idea into reality. By doing so, participants will identify areas of improvement.

Dates for 2017: March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 13, August 17, September 14, October 12, November 9

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Class #2: Budget & Credit
How does debt work? What are the benefits and risks of incurring debt?

Dates for 2017:  March 14, April 18, May 16, June 13, July 11, August 15, September 12, October 10, November 7

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For more information on the “Mujeres y Negocios” course, call 404.477.2571.


Women & Education

English Classes: English is fundamental when it comes to searching for a job and advancing your education. We offer various levels of English classes year-round at a reasonable cost. Learn the language with instructors who have years of experience teaching English to adult speakers of other languages.

Registration Dates for English Classes:  Mondays and Thursdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more info on English classes, click here.

Computer Skills: Learning computer skills has many benefits, including improving your chances of finding a job, growing in your career and becoming more efficient and productive in the workplace. We offer computer classes in Spanish, including PowerPoint, Excel, etc., at a reasonable cost.
For more info on computer classes, click here. 

Excel for Entrepreneurs: Classes for 2017 will be held on February 13 & 27, March 6 & 13, April 17 & 24, May 8 & 15, July 17, August 29, September 5, October 16 & 23, November 13 & 20
Email mcucalon@thelaa.org to register.


Women & Employment

Job Orientation: Every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Employment Room, second floor. No registration needed.