A program aimed at helping new Americans build businesses is expanding with help form ECGRA.
ECGRA is granting $200,000 to the International Institute of Erie. It supports a program that provides training courses for refugees and immigrants who have goals of starting their own businesses.
The funds, provided through ECGRA’s Microenterprise Development Program, will also increase the number of micro-loans available to the entrepreneurs.
Director of the International Institute of Erie, Dylanna Graysinger, tells us, “…refugees are really used to owning their own businesses and this is something that is very familiar with them; and it’s providing them the opportunity to take care of their families in a way that is familiar and also contributes to the local Erie economy.”
The institute started its program in 2016 with federal funding. ECGRA is the first local investor.