October 2008   –  Greater Sacramento Valley Region

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CONNECTING
WITH THE AFRICAN AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS OWNERS IN THE
GREATER SACRAMENTO VALLEY REGION

BLACK-OWNED
BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT of the Month

Project
L.U.C.A.S

(Languages Unifying Community And Success)
 

www.project-lucas.com  | 
(209) 373-9273

 

Project L.U.C.A.S., Inc

The
Founder of Sacculturalhub.com sits
down and has a chat with entrepreneur,
Kristin Lucas Smith

to learn more about her business, Project
L.U.C.A.S.
, Inc offering Spanish
classes and translation services.

What
are the services you offer?
Project L.U.C.A.S. is a company that offers Spanish classes for schools, businesses, hospitals, churches and private individuals, both adults and children, to remove the language barriers for the purpose of positively impacting their local communities. Additional goals of services offered by Project L.U.C.A.S. include the offering second language skills to the students seeking professional or personal improvement.

Who are the majority of your clients? At this time, we are focusing on empowering children through home schooling groups and private clients from both public and private schools. By teaching school-aged children (and some younger children) the hope is to address the future need of this population and the community with an increased population fluent in the Spanish language. 

Tell us about the needs you see your clients wanting and how you are able
to meet their particular needs:
Project L.U.C.A.S. meets the needs by providing a simple way to learn a new language and particularly for parents who want their children to be bilingual before graduating high school.
There is a new generation that understands the importance of knowing Spanish and they are willing to immerse themselves in the language. I not only teach them the fundamentals but I prepare them with cultural sensitivity classes and expose them to the Hispanic world today. It is not about just learning a new language but giving a sense of purpose for bilingual students to make a difference in their communities. I call it being a triple threat to society by learning how to read, write and speak the Spanish
language

Also by applying it to their desired careers such as future doctors who will understand their Spanish speaking patients, to future lawyers who defend Spanish immigrants who can’t defend themselves because of the language barriers and to future
teachers who can build up the Hispanic student who feels like an outcast due to their language barrier. 

What
are some of the challenges you are
facing as an entrepreneur?
As an entrepreneur my challenge is believing that I can make an impact in my community through my business. The way I deal with the challenge is by stepping in on faith and trusting in myself to believe in me, and the new found passion to decrease communication barriers in homes, schools, medical centers, local businesses and the legal field. 

3 words that best describe you as a business
owner
: Community-Minded
Passionate

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now in your business?
In ten years, I see my business impacting Northern California in a huge way. I see being a well-known provider of language resources to a future generation and community of people.
I plan to continue with a non-profit organization that builds up the Hispanic community by not only teaching English but also equipping people to be productive citizens by providing one-on-one support that can fulfill dreams for current and future generations. I plan to have Project LUCAS Language Centers opened up in each city within the Central Valley serving adults, children, medical providers, educators, local businesses and government employees as a way to learn Spanish or English in order and see the American culture mesh as One vision, One purpose and One people to make our to unite our local communities. 

Tell us what potential clients could expect to receive from your business:
One-on-one attention and a plan that fits their personal language goals. The Spanish program that is offered will not only teach them a new language but will also build-up their confidence to make an impact in their community. Learning a new language requires a language coach and Project LUCAS here to guide and assist clients so they can be successful in the game of language. 

What makes you stand out from your
competitors?
We understand the desire and passion that lies within people to make a difference and we believe that learning a new language empowers them to choose to make an impact.
Project L.U.C.A.S. is not just a company that teaches a language, it is a connector to an unknown Hispanic group that walks around us everyday trying to navigate through everyday life in the community including doctor visits, tax preparation, banking errands and teacher-conference communication. Project L.U.C.A.S. brings hope that ALL people matter.

 


 

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GET-TO-KNOW
your fellow entrepreneurs in the local SACRAMENTO business community. Learn about all the networking opportunities in Sacramento

Be sure to make time in your busy schedule and mark your
calendars for some of these upcoming events. The purpose of
networking is to explore your options for new business leads,
new referrals, new business opportunities.  Your initial
contact with prospective clients should be to make a lasting
impression of who you are and why he or she would do business
with you or your company. 

 

Mark
your calendar for these 

UPCOMING
EVENTS 

10/23/08

Sac
Black Chamber Evening Mixer
at Wells Fargo

10/28/08

Architectural & Engineering Networking Fair
in Clovis, California

11/1/08

Essence
Young Women’s Leadership Conference
in
Atlanta, Georgia

11/13/08

The
5th annual PBWC-Professional
Black Women of California Sacramento Conference
:
"Across the generations"

11/13/08

Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce 23rd Annual Awards Dinner at the Radisson Hotel Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce 23rd Annual Awards Dinner

11/14/08

Second
Annual State of Sacramento County Forum

11/20/08

West
Sacramento Business Walk

very interesting?

12/2/08

The
Metro Chamber & Northern California World Trade Center’s Annual Holiday Mixer
at the Sacramento Grand Ballroom

Join
a Community Council Board

California Exposition & State Fair Seeks NewPoppy Bear State Fair Mascot Applicants for Its Cultural Advisory Council. 
Community members with culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. In keeping with its mission to showcase the wonderful diversity found in the State of California, the California Exposition & State Fair today announced it is once again accepting applications for its Cultural Advisory Council. The Council is an established body of multi-ethnic advisors who make recommendations about entertainment and programming for the annual State Fair, as well as year-round activities and other related issues at Cal Expo.
The group currently consists of 21 individuals representing numerous cultures and ethnic communities in the State. The State Fair is seeking new members to expand the group and replace the members that will term out in December 2008. Ideal candidates are leaders from interested cultural communities that can serve as advisors to the Cal Expo Board of Directors on a range of cultural issues. 

Interested individuals can apply by visiting the Cal Expo website at www.calexpo.com and downloading the application form online. All applicants must complete and submit an application form by Monday, December 1, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. Members of traditional, established and emerging cultural communities are encouraged to apply. Upon selection by the Cal Expo Board, members will serve one two (2) year term, beginning in February 2009. Upon completion of the first term, members will have the option to be reappointed by the Board for additional terms of three (3) years. For more information, please contact Tina Novoa at (916) 263-3069 or by email at
tnovoa@calexpo.com
or download application directly from
http://www.calexpo.com/html/advisory_councils.asp 

 

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