Entrepreneurship for an Inclusive Economy
With Jose Balcazar, Small Business Development Center; Tracy Kennedy, Burns Paiute Tribe; Aldo Medina, Hacienda CDC; Dustin Seyler, Warm Springs Community Action Team
This session will showcase entrepreneurial development programs designed to engage Latino and Tribal communities.
Adviser, Oregon Small Business Development Center
José Balcazar has owned restaurants for more than 20 years and often works with clients who want to start food-related businesses. He also serves as the SBDC’s Veteran liaison, drawing from his own experience in the U.S. Army.
Born in Mexico City, José knew by the age of 16 that he had a passion for computer programming and design, so he attended a technical school where he learned the ‘first era of computers.’ José came to the United States at the age of 18 and graduated from Hermiston High School. He later enlisted in the Army and was awarded the Distinguished Honor Graduate Award, several Certificates of Achievement, the Military Excellence Award and the Army Achievement Medal. José went on to own several businesses and raise his two children in Central Oregon. His longest business was a successful Mexican restaurant that he owned and operated in Bend for more than 17 years.
Community Economic Development Coordinator, Burns Paiute Tribe
Tracy Kennedy is the Community Economic Development Coordinator for the Burns Paiute Tribe, a federally recognized Tribe located in Eastern Oregon. Tracy provides business training classes to Tribal entrepreneurs and is the Project Director of a newly renovated Tribal Business Incubator Facility. Tracy is an enrolled member of the Burns Paiute Tribe and continues to reside there and serve her community in various aspects that includes being a member-at-large on the Tribal Council. Tracy graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.