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Pasos al Exito/Steps to Success Recent News

Governor’s Marketplace Roadshow tomorrow — Register Today!

The Washington County Roadshow will be a English-Spanish bilingual event focusing on reaching out to Latino Business owners. It will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 10am-2pm in Beaverton. The event has a lot of great partners that...

Participate in a Starting a Business workshop!

If you are looking for an opportunity to learn about the basics of starting a small business in Oregon, you can do so in Spanish or English through the SBDC. You can register here for English or here for Spanish!

Success in Hermiston and Forging Ahead

Pasos al Éxito in Hermiston has been forging ahead, with the support of an incredible team of dedicated community leaders that have helped not only advise participants on their business, but have offered computer training and additional resources on ...

Moving forward in Malheur County: Start-Ups and Growing Business

In the latest class sessions in the Malheur communities of Ontario and Nyssa, participants talked about the progress that they have already made, with a few newly registered businesses and others that have put pricing plans and marketing projects int...

Jorge Guerra meets with PAE Participants

Jorge Guerra, President of The Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME), met with Pasos al Éxito community partners and mentors in Ontario, Nyssa, and most recently, Klamath Falls. Formed in 1987, the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepr...


Pasos al Éxito (PAE) is a two year, microenterprise development program that supports building the economic development capacity of rural Latino community participants in three ways: training in basic personal and business finance, instruction in starting a small microenterprise business, and access to mentorship, support, and resources as they take their first steps toward success.

This microenterprise development program is in Spanish and is designed to serve seven rural communities simultaneously over a two-year period.

The four major activities of the program include

  • Development of Local Partnerships
  • Financial Literacy Training (Money Smart)
  • Microenterprise Development Training (Starting a Business @ Home)
  • Follow-up and Mentorship Activities

RDI will be delivering Pasos al Éxito in partnership with local Latino-based community organizations and statewide and regional resource providers to ensure local stewardship and an authentic experience.

To learn more about RDI's Latino leadership programs, contact Mayra Arreola at You can also read about our Spanish language offerings in the Spanish section of our website.

Pasos al Éxito Partners:

State and Regional Resources 

Office of Economic and Business Equity

Business Oregon

Oregon Microenterprise Network (OMEN)

Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME)

OCF Latino Partnership Program

Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs


Links to Other RDI Information:

Download a Project Description PDF in Spanish
Download a Project Description PDF in English
RDI Services: Latino Services
RDI Services: Economic Vitality