By Paul Tennant
LAWRENCE — When Daniela Valdivia Terres came to the United States from her native Lima, Peru, a little more than a year ago, she wanted to own and operate her own travel agency.
After all, that is what she did in the old country. She had no idea, however, of how to pursue her dream in her new country.
That’s where Entrepreneurship for All, also known as EforAll, came into the picture. EforAll is a nonprofit group that helps people who dare to start their own businesses transform their visions into real live companies.
Mentors, men and women who have already achieved success in business, offer Terres and other beginning entrepreneurs advice on how to reach their goals.
Terres needed guidance on how to keep the books for her travel agency, Vibra Tours, as well as assistance in applying for financing from the Small Business Administration.
Awilda Irizarry, a senior business adviser at Salem State University, helped her surmount those challenges.
In 2016, an American business needs to spread its message on the Internet and social media. Terres, however, was not familiar with these avenues of communication.
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