El Centro Hispano’s program to help Hispanic entrepreneurs and small business owners start and grow successful business in the Jonesboro area will receive a boost thanks to a $3,500 grant from the Arvest Foundation.

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“Funds received from the Arvest Foundation will support our small business and financial literacy courses covering a variety of relevant topics such as tax preparation, marketing, insurance and licensing and contracts for local business owners and entrepreneurs,” said El Centro Hispano Executive Director Gina Gomez. “This will be an excellent opportunity for Spanish-speaking individuals to participate in classes in their own language.”

Arvest Bank Community Bank President Kevin Hufstedler and Community & Business Relationship Advisor Deania Vanhoozer presented the check to Gomez.

“El Centro Hispano’s new small business initiatives are exactly the types of programs the Arvest Foundation seeks to support,” said Hufstedler. “We’re happy to present this grant on their behalf, and we look forward to seeing the impact the organization will make helping new entrepreneurs.”