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El Pajaro Community Development Corporation

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General Agency Information
Name:El Pajaro Community Development Corporation
Address:23 East Beach Street, # 209
Watsonville, CA  95076
Driving Directions
Primary Phone:831-722-1224
Fax Number:831-722-3128
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Description:El Pajaro Community Development Corporation has more than thirty years of experience in the provision of bilingual/bicultural small business assistance and promotes micro-enterprise and small business development by supporting low-income and minority entrepreneurs in Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties.

ELIGIBILITY: Primarily focused on minority, Spanish speaking and low-income entrepreneurs. Anyone in business or planning a business in area.
Programs:Plaza Vigil Incubator: assists low to moderate-income, Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs with starting and operating a successful business in the Plaza Vigil located in downtown Watsonville.

The Commercial Kitchen Incubator (CKIP)program is a food business incubator in a fully equipped, shared-use commercial kitchen facility. The CKIP was created in response to the growing need among aspiring local entrepreneurs wanting to build upon the strong food and farming traditions in our region.

Technical Assistance and Training: low-cost and free bilingual business education and training workshops to low-income business entrepreneurs.

Business Education and Loan Program: Women’s Business Education and Loan Program (WBELP)helps women business entrepreneurs to access services that will give them important education and technical assistance they need to start and operate their own business.

Childcare Ventures: providing social
assistance, education and business development assistance to family child care

The CalWORKs Microenterprise Assistance Program: participants who are receiving welfare and social services from the County of Santa Cruz can choose to be retrained for a specific job or to take the 4 week business course offered by the El Pájaro CDC.

Loans: Kiva Zip is a pilot project that
enables socially impactful but financially excluded entrepreneurs to access 0%
interest, microfinance loans in the U.S.
Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation:Available Within Four Blocks
Eligibility:See Description Notes
Fees:Sliding Scale
Areas Served:Monterey County
Pajaro Valley
San Benito County
Santa Cruz County
Physical Location:Watsonville

Carmen  Herrera-Mansir
Executive Director

Contact Persons

Carmen Herrera-Mansir

Amy  Mascareñas

Subject Headings
 Private Nonprofits
Small Business Development
Technical Assistance Specializations
Trade Associations
This record last modified June 19, 2016

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