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We Are BCL: Cruz Correa
I used to daydream about a program that could help people trapped in a cycle of debt. Now, I manage the Community Loan Center program that provides both affordable short-term lending and long-term financial empowerment strategies. We’re making a difference. We’re helping people who need it. 
 
I am Cruz Correa, and I am BCL. #WeAreBCL

Elevating Latinx Tech Founders: March 17th!

We're partnering with the Greater Ausitn Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to host Elevating Latinx Tech Founders on Tuesday, March 17th.This all-day business showcase will be held from 10am-8pm, with Happy Hour going from 5-8pm.

This event will be a space for Latinx tech founders to collaborate, network, and showcase their work as they make connections in their field across the globe. This one-of-a-kind event will feature businesses, exhibitor booths, and a cocktail lounge.

We'll be at our SoCo lounge in the popular South Congress district just minutes from downtown and right next to shopping, nightlife, food, and iconic murals. RSVP here to join us!

“This is a place where strangers talk to strangers. How many places can you go where that happens?” said Debbie Davis, owner of Counter Cafe in Austin. 

We had a chance to catch up with Debbie last month at her third and newest location on 29th St. Read Debbie's story here.

BCL loves working with the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to promote Hispanic entrepreneurship and small businesses. 

GAHCC is our community partner to support and uplift a network of Hispanic businesses and provides us with networking, advice, and support within our community. We're so grateful to work with GAHCC for events like our Elevating Latinx Tech Founders (above), StartuUp Superstars, and Celebrando Gala, where our CEO Rosa Rios Valdez was honored as Hispanic Female Entrepreneur of the year in 2018. 

David Dinoff and Krystian Reyes from Woodforest Bank met at the Texas Association of Community Development Corporations (TACDC) conference. 

CEO Rosa Ríos Valdez and most of the BCL staff early voted to make sure our voice was heard at the ballotbox. 

HomeOwnership Specialist Pam Guerra-Garcia met with Vanessa Fuentes to connect over their shared passion for empowering the Latino community. 
Our staff wore red for women’s heart health — because 80% of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action.

 Mar 7: Home Buyer Education - Dallas
 Mar 7: Home Buyer Education - Austin
 Mar 11: StartUp Superstars - with our partner GAHCC
 Mar 11: Brian K. Marshall keynote speaker - with our partner Hutto Area Chamber of Commerce
 Mar 14: ReThink Austin 2020 - with out partner AUTM 
 Mar 17: Elevating Latinx Tech Founders - Austin
 Mar 28: Considering HomeOwnership - Dallas

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