What is El Centro de la Mano Amiga?

We advance the Latin Community through:

  • Educational Program Development
    A cohort program assisting individuals in self-discovery.  Individuals will explore promising careers options in the region and principles of business development.  Contact the Veden Center at veden@crk.umn.edu for more information.
  • Technical Assistance
    Providing high quality business job skill and entrepreneur development assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses in the region.
  • Learning Communities
    The University of Minnesota has a vast network of expertise in almost any area affecting Minnesota. The Veden Center harnesses this expertise through the creation of Learning Communities for experts in areas most pertinent to rural Latin communities.

Mano Amiga - Español (PDF)

Mano Amiga - English (PDF)

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Upcoming Courses

Through this FREE 4 week online course Latinx entrepreneurs and emerging small business owners will learn the nuts and bolts to starting and sustaining a business.  This program is specifically designed for Latinx entrepreneurs and business owners and is offered in both English and Spanish.  Participants will gain a better understanding of the resources available to them within the region to help them launch their business.  In addition, all individuals enrolled in the course will have access to free business assistance from U of M Crookston student interns and faculty members.  

Course Outcomes

  • Learn basic business concepts and effective business communication while discovering entrepreneurship opportunities.
  • Learn basic accounting and finance principles as they apply to business while developing and refining a business plan
  • Learn how to market your company more effectively and develop an understanding of local demand for your product or service
  • Learn about the various business resources available to entrepreneurs and small businesses
  • Receive free business assistance from U of M Crookston student interns and faculty members.

Course Dates

2024 Course Information in English and Español


Request Business Assistance

Mano Amiga can help with:

  • Feasibility Analysis and Business Plan Development / Análisis de viabilidad y desarrollo de planes de negocios
  • Digital Marketing / Publicidad digital
  • Marketing Planning and Research / Planificación e investigación de marketing
  • Communication and Public Relations / Comunicación y Relaciones Públicas