11:38 pm - Thursday December 14, 2017

Helping Mexican Entrepreneurs Succeed in Dallas

16 years ago a nonprofit, the Asociacion de Empresarios Mexicanos (Association of Mexican Entrepreneurs or AEM), was launched in San Antonio to help existing entrepreneurs as well as newly arrived Mexican entrepreneurs with support to establish a business as well as to expand and strengthen already existing Mexican-owned businesses.

Mexican business men and women in the U.S. place great value on entrepreneurship because they often encounter barriers for traditional employment. According to the Census Bureau’s Survey of Minority-Owned Business Enterprises (conducted every five years), 10,000 to 12,000 firms have been added to the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area every five years since 1987 thanks in large measure to Mexican Nationals and Business Investors.

Searching for a more secure lifestyle and better economic opportunities, Mexican entrepreneurs are arriving in the DFW area as investors, professionals, service providers and entrepreneurs. To help both existing and newly arrived Mexican businesswomen and men, a chapter of the nonprofit AEM, headquartered in San Antonio, is opening a new chapter to serve the needs of these entrepreneurs.

“Our mission is to serve as a bridge our members can use to more quickly understand and adjust to American culture and to learn how to do business in the U.S.” says Eduardo Bravo, AEM’s Chairman of the Board. “On the other hand, we’re also here to help Americans who want to learn to do business in Mexico and with Mexican Nationals living in the U.S.”

“We represent the epitome of NAFTA,” Bravo says. “Today’s Mexican entrepreneurs are educated, have high incomes, are investors, and own and operate businesses in the U.S. and Mexico, creating jobs and opportunities for people in both countries.”

A meeting to officially launch the new Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of AEM will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Anatole Hotel (Coronado Salon) at 2201 North Stemmons Freeway in Dallas.

Key speakers include Juan Carlos Cue Vega, General Consul of Mexico; Victor Almeida, president of Interceramic Tile and Stone; Eduardo Bravo, AEM Chairman of the Board; and John Williams, president of the AEM Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter.

The meeting is open to the public. Individual tickets for non-AEM members are $35; a table of ten for AEM members is $275; a table for ten of AEM non-members is $500. Reservations can be made at www.awmevents.org or by calling Carlos Nunez at 214-418-6671.

Bravo says, “All who attend AEM’s launch in Dallas/Fort Worth will benefit from learning how AEM helps Mexican entrepreneurs improve their business practices; establish mentor relationships with already successful businesswomen and men; get involved in the community and generate positive exposure; organize trade missions to develop international business opportunities; and plan and implement cultural and sporting activities that strengthen ties between Mexico and the U.S.

A meeting to officially launch the new Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of AEM will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Anatole Hotel (Coronado Salon) at 2201 North Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. The meeting is open to the public. Individual tickets for non-AEM members are $35; a table of ten for AEM members is $275; a table for ten of AEM non-members is $500. Reservations can be made at www.awmevents.org or by calling Carlos Nunez at 214-418-6671.

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