Painesville, Ohio – Many changes are underway, and HOLA continues to be as busy as ever. I’ve updated our website theme a bit and will try to keep everyone informed—it’s important, as people are seeking accurate information, support and guidance. The most important news is that HOLA has received a grant from the USDA to establish a new commercial kitchen for micro and small businesses. This will help all those who want to start a food business. We have a Painesville location in mind and are currently working to secure it and begin construction. We received approval for a conditional use zoning permit from the Painesville City Council. The kitchen will be housed in a new center, which will serve and support the community in matters of economic development, education and cultural activities. We are excited for 2017, and hope you’ll consider being a part of this much-needed center by donating to support this project.
In other matters, the elections are over and HOLA is proud of the work we did to ensure our community was engaged. Earlier this year, we hosted several citizenship workshops with a group of volunteer immigration attorneys, as well as a representative from U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services. We also hosted nonpartisan voter registration and education events, with help from the Lake County Board of Elections. Now it’s time to get to know our new elected officials.
HOLA recently held a workshop with the Ohio Department of Transportation to help businesses apply for certifications. It was a helpful and informative event attended by local Latino Painesville business owners. We are looking forward to continuing to work with these businesses to help them grow.
The past couple of HOLA meetings were attended by medical students from Case Western Reserve University, who are bright, compassionate and dedicated to global health. We are excited about this new partnership.