News Release - Mayor Duffy Announces Rochester’s New Entrepreneur Business Training Class

Eduardo Navarro

City of Rochester

News Release 

(Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010) — Mayor Robert J. Duffy announced today the naming of the City’s newest entrepreneurs’ training course — the “Eduardo Navarro Empresario Latino Development Training Program.”

The purpose of the course is to develop management skills of individuals interested in starting their own businesses, especially those using Spanish as their primary language. This program will be used to create economic self-sufficiency and jobs within distressed, and predominantly Latino areas in the city of Rochester, and strengthens the participants’ business skills.

Details of the program were revealed at the 2010 Rochester Hispanic Business Award Luncheon. “This specialized training seminar is being named after someone the City and the Hispanic Community hold dear in their hearts and remember with great affection – the late Eduardo Navarro,” said Corporation Counsel Thomas Richards during the luncheon. “Ed embodied the spirit of the ‘empresario’ or entrepreneur.”

A strong community activist, Mr. Navarro was CEO and president of EIC Electronics before his death last spring.

During the luncheon, Neighborhood and Business Development Commissioner Carlos Carballada was named Hispanic Business Person of the year.

The current session began September 13, and will run for 6 weeks, and is free to participants. There are currently 17 entrepreneurs enrolled in this fall class, and a waiting list has been developed for a spring 2011 session. Training topics include: business plan development, organization, bookkeeping, legal structures, insurance and legal information, and will be taught by experienced business leaders and entrepreneurs. This new training is aligned with the core focus of the City’s Neighborhood and Business Development Department: to create economic opportunity for residents and businesses and to enhance the growth of our City.


News Media: For information on this program, please call Daisy Algarin of the Neighborhood and Business Development Department at 428-7711.