Comite de Negocios, the Hispanic Business Task Force of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, will host Fiestas Patrias, a free family event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Saengerfet Park, 2302 Strand St.

Comite de Negocios is a task force developed by the chamber that offers workshops, seminars and networking opportunities to the Hispanic business community. Originally funded by a grant from the Governor’s Office of Small Business Assistance, the Galveston chamber is one of 10 nonprofit organizations from across the state awarded support to promote the development of small businesses in underserved markets. An initiative with the Texas Workforce Commission, the program is designed to enhance and diversify projects and activities benefiting the state’s small and historically underutilized businesses.

Workshops are presented in Spanish and have included the “Importance of a Business Plan in growing Your Business;” “How to Create a Business Plan;” and hands on mentoring on “Getting Started,” with templates provided; a review of the “Marketing Section of the Business Plan;” “Business Plan Assistance and Completion;” “How to Implement Your Business Plan;” and “Resources that Can Help Your Business.”

Comite de Negocios meets from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. the second Monday of each month at the chamber. Anyone interested is invited to attend the meeting to learn more about the Hispanic Business Task Force. Cipriano Romero, a chamber board member, is the Hispanic Business Task Force chairman.

Fiestas Patrias, also called Diez y Seis de Septiembre, is widely celebrated throughout the state of Texas, and commemorates Mexico’s independence from Spain. The event, held at Saengerfest Park on The Strand, will offer the experience of a Mexican marketplace and feature food, lemonade, piñatas, vendors and entertainment by Ballet Folklorico, mariachis and a DJ. Admission is free and open to the public.

For information, visit www.galvestonchamber.com or call 409-763-5326.

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