In 2002, Dora Westerlund, in collaboration with other partners, implemented and established the first Microloan Program in the State of California operated by a Hispanic business organization.
In 2003, began planning the business incubator project that would serve as a resource center for small businesses.
Established the Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation.
With the help of an angel investor, the Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation purchased a 13,000 sq. ft. building to be renovated and turned into a business incubator.
Received a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration to support over 95% of the facility renovations and establish the Downtown Business Hub incubator.
Completed renovations and celebrated the grand opening of the Downtown Business Hub (DBH) incubator, a one-stop-shop service center for small businesses. Since its grand opening, the DBH has incubated over 80 small businesses. Currently, the DBH is home to 20 in-house businesses and 12 virtual businesses.
As an international student at California State University, Fresno, she was given the opportunity to work for a year in the United States. She worked at Bank of America for 6 months. After that she was hired by the Mexican Consulate in Fresno as the executive assistant to the Consul of Mexico, where she worked for four years. In 2002, she accepted the position of president and CEO for the Fresno Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and in 2004 led the creation of the Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation.
Yery Olivares is an alumnus of California State University, Fresno. She graduated in 2010 from the Craig School of Business receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with the option of Accounting. She was raised in Fresno County and attended CSU Fresno while working in the medical field for about 5 years. While at CSU Fresno, she was part of a Professional Business Fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, where she gained skills and professionalism.
Sandra is a current student at California State University, Fresno. She will be completing her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with the option of Marketing in Spring 2016. She is currently a member of the Craig School of Business campus organization, Hispanic Business Student Association. As former President of the student organization she has been able to gain professionalism and networking skills that has helped jump-start her career.
Mrs. Garcia has over a decade of non-profit organizational management expertise ranging from program management, advocacy, grant writing, community organizing, and coalition building. She has extensive experience in working with rural, underserved, and minority communities on public health and environmental justice issues. She has been with the FAHF for over a year and serves as the grant writer, administrative lead for both the FAHF and 20 tenants of the Downtown Business Hub, and public relations manager.