WHO WE ARE

WHO WE ARE

Avanzando Juntos is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing aspiring Latino entrepreneurs and small business owners startup capital allowing the recipients to eventually attract outside credit as they develop into stable businesses that can support the local economy. We provide access to various resources from business capital, to individual mentorship.

WHO WE SERVE

We serve the city of Tulsa’s Latino community, including immigrants, Spanish-speaking business owners, and low-to-moderate-income individuals, by focusing on areas where the barriers of language, culture, and conventional lending have impeded the growth of small businesses. 

OUR MISSION

To advance the success and ensure inclusion of Tulsa’s Latino community through building prosperity, community ownership and civic power.

OUR STORY

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed a harsh reality – the impact wasn’t evenly felt. Latino entrepreneurs, already facing financial hurdles, struggled even more to access relief funds.

Growing Together, a Tulsa-based non-profit, refused to stand by. In 2021, they launched the Mi Gente Fund, a lifeline for Latino-owned businesses. This emergency loan program, fueled by community partnerships and private donations, provided $450,000 in zero-interest loans to 76 businesses in need.

 

But the Mi Gente Fund was just the beginning. It revealed a deeper issue – systemic barriers hindering Latino-owned businesses from thriving. With this understanding, Growing Together played a crucial role in launching Avanzando Juntos (Moving Forward Together).

Avanzando Juntos became an independent organization in 2022, building upon the Mi Gente Fund’s success. Today, it serves as an ecosystem of resources: access to capital, business education, and ongoing mentoring.

 

OUR TEAM

Onelia Macchia Anzola
Executive Director
Jessica Jones Garcia
Small Business Lending Specialist
Perla Rodriguez
Small Business Lending Specialist Jr

OUR BOARD

Francisco Ibarra
Chair
Katia Anaya
Vice Chair
Damien Ochoa
Treasure
Luisa Krug
Executive Director Global District
Maria Almeida
VP, Bilingual Financial Center Leader at Bank of Oklahoma

OUR FUNDERS

OUR SPONSORS

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Have any questions? We are always open to talk about your business, new projects, creative opportunities and how we can help you.