Through the Hispanic Business Development Program (HBDP) at First State Community Loan Fund, Delaware’s Hispanic business community receives bilingual, culturally-sensitive resources to facilitate economic development in Latino communities throughout Delaware.
HBDP Client Spotlight: Tropicalia Restaurant

Located at 1701 W 4th St, Wilmington, DE 19805. 4.3 star rating on Google!

Tropicalia Restaurant. Image from Delaware Business Times

Lola Campos, a program director for the Hispanic Business Development Program at the First State Community Loan Fund, helped the owners of Tropicalia Restaurant in Wilmington, the Mesas — who speak very little English — fill out a loan application and navigate the process. As a result of the loan from the First State fund, the Mesas now:

  • Own the building
  • Live in one of the two apartments on the second floor
  • And are renovating the second to rent
“The loan not only transformed the business but also the block,” Campos said.
First State Community Loan Fund offers workshops throughout the year, with updates regularly posted on their Facebook page. Also visit the Delaware Hispanic Commission’s website for information and resources of interest to the Hispanic community.

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