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You might be wondering who makes up the BAC Team?
We are a couple of friendly small business counselors servicing the greater Dallas business community with free small business start-up advice on behalf of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; a non-profit organization.
We split up our time solely managing 3 Business Assistance Centers (BACs) in the Metroplex. As Director of the BAC program, Matt runs our Maple Center, while Monica manages the West Dallas BAC, and Alana the Oak Cliff BAC. It is our mission to promote healthy economic development in Dallas, through our small business training. And at a time when global unemployment rates and economic environments are at their weakest points, our free services are especially significant. We have set up this blog to share our advice virtually and serve as a small business resource to aspiring entrepreneurs everywhere!
MATTHEW T. STEVENS, Director, BAC Program
Matt Stevens is the Director of the GDHCC Business Assistance Center Program and has been part of the Economic Development Team at the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce since March 2008. To date, he has counseled over 400 entrepreneurs on an individual basis and assisted in securing over $250,000 in microloans for startup and small enterprises. He is a Kaufmann Foundation Fast Trac certified instructor.
Prior to his work at the GDHCC, Matt worked as a micro-enterprise consultant for Peace Corps in Ecuador. He worked primarily in a small Andean village where he earned national recognition by the Peace Corps Word Director for a community–based eco-tourism project that he developed in coordination with a women’s weaving cooperative. He also worked in Quito, Ecuador where he had the opportunity to advise 50+ volunteers working on micro-enterprise initiatives throughout the country.
Matt holds a bachelor’s degree from Southwestern University with a double major in economics and Spanish and is currently pursuing an MBA at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.
MONICA GONZALES, Manager, West Dallas BAC
Monica Gonzales, a native Dallasite, manages the West Dallas BAC. She enjoys counseling and servicing aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses in the community. She began her career with the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GDHCC) six years ago as the Executive Assistant to the President and then transitioned to Special Projects Director. As Special Projects Director, she was in charge of strategic partnerships, special projects, and events for the chamber. She managed, coordinated, and executed events from 100 – 6,000 in attendance such as the YP214 Elevate Conference, Stars on the Rise Scholarship Breakfast, Viva Dallas Hispanic Expo, Technology Showcase, La Cima Awards Luncheon, and the Quality & Excellence Entrepreneur Awards Gala. In addition, she managed the Stars on the Rise Scholarship Program awarding over 3.4 million in scholarships to students in the Greater Dallas area.
Prior to working for the GDHCC, she was a service manager at Wells Fargo Bank and managed branch operations and compliance. As service manager, she maintained an annual audit efficiency rating above 95%.
Monica holds a BBA in Finance from The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. Hook’em Horns!
ALANA M. BUENROSTRO, Manager, Oak Cliff BAC
Representing the newest member of the team, Alana, a native of Brownsville, Texas, began her non-profit business consulting career immediately following her graduation from Southwestern University in 2011. With a degree in Communication Studies and a minor in Spanish, she offers an unconventional, yet significant skillset to business consulting. She enjoys learning and developing business training curriculum for client-use, and especially enjoys helping people develop their business plans. Her previous work experience includes aiding American businesses looking to export their products into the Mexican market with the U.S Embassy’s Commercial Service based in Mexico City, Mexico. And editing and writing for ROSS Communications, a Public Affairs firm in Austin, Texas.
Somos un equipo de tres consultores de negocios sirviendo la comunidad de negocios en Dallas. Ofrecemos consultas y consejos sobre como empezar y manejar un negocio en la ciudad de Dallas por parte de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana en Dallas; una organización non-profit.
Dividimos nuestro tiempo manejando tres Centros de Asistencia de Negocios (BACs) en el Metroplex. Como director del programa BAC, Mateo, es el gerente del BAC de Maple. Monica es la gerente de nuestro Centro de West Dallas, y Alana el centro en Oak Cliff. Es nuestra misión promover el desarrollo económico en la ciudad de Dallas a través de talleres de entretenimiento para los negocios pequeños. Nuestro trabajo es especialmente significativo durante esta crisis económica, cuando las tarifas de desempleo se queden altas. Hemos creado este blog para compartir nuestros consejos virtualmente. ¡Esperemos que podemos servirte!