The event will be held March 7 at Centro Cultural. Cliqa CEO Edgar Navas is the keynote speaker.

Spanish-speaking business-owners and those interested in starting a new business in western Washington County are encouraged to come to a resource fair being hosted by Centro Cultural de Washington County on Wednesday, March 7.

The City of Cornelius is partnering with the Forest Grove/Cornelius Chamber of Commerce and Centro Cultural to host the event, which will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Centro Cultural, 1110 N. Adair St. in Cornelius. Anyone who lives or does business in western Washington County — including Hillsboro, Forest Grove, North Plains, Banks, Gaston and unincorporated communities, as well as Cornelius — is invited to attend free of charge.

The event will be keynoted by speaker Edgar Navas, chief executive officer of Cliqa Inc., a micropayment app company based in Portland. Navas will talk about how to start, grow and market a business.

Other topics of interest for those who have a business or are considering starting one include how to raise money and build up capital, counseling and training resources for businesses, and new media marketing, such as how to advertise a business online.

Resources for Spanish-speaking businesspeople in western Washington County are available from Adelante Mujeres, Centro de Prosperidad, MESO and others.

Anyone wishing to attend the March 7 forum should contact Arturo Villasenor at 503-754-5852 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A similar event in English was held in Forest Grove last month, also with the Chamber of Commerce's involvement.

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