Numerous budding entrepreneurs recently marked a significant achievement on their personal career paths by graduating from a complimentary eight-week program on the essentials of starting, funding and expanding a business. This noteworthy event, a fitting tribute to November’s Entrepreneurship Month, was made possible through the collaborative efforts of San Bernardino County’s Department of Economic Development and the Asociacion de Emprendedor@s.

The department’s partnership with Asociacion de Emprendedor@s supports San Bernardino County’s commitment to fostering an entrepreneurial community by providing resources for business-focused individuals to not just start their business but grow and thrive as well.

Since 2016, the Emprendedor@s Program has brought hope and support to more than 1,000 Spanish-speaking Emprendedor@s by providing them with a way to revitalize their dreams of owning their own business in the United States.

With lessons conducted completely in Spanish, participants of this free business training receive technical assistance to develop their businesses in these changing times. The Emprendedor@s Program serves the monolingual Hispanic community by educating, motivating, empowering and helping to develop leadership and business skills. The program consists of eight consecutive weekly modules, led by Monica Robles, president and founder of the Association of Emprendedor@s, who is also an internationally certified coach with the John Maxwell Team.

The most recent session took place in the Town of Apple Valley where graduates had the opportunity to present their businesses, products and services. Among the new businesses were educational support services, clothing sales, life insurance consulting, automotive repair, home improvement services and photography. Each of the course graduates received certificates from the Town of Apple Valley, presented by Mayor Scott Nassif and Mayor Pro Tem Larry Cusack, as well as certificates from San Bernardino County’s Department of Economic Development and the Emprendedor@s Association in addition to receiving a free three-month membership to the organization.

The next session in collaboration with the San Bernardino County Department of Economic Development begins February 2024. To learn more about the Association of Emprendedor@s visit or contact San Bernardino County’s Economic Development Department by visiting

Additional County Update News – December 8, 2023