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HISTORY
The Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation was founded in 2001, by a group of local business owners, to meet the needs of an ever growing Hispanic business community. Since opening its doors, the FAHF has been committed to developing strategies and policies to better serve all Spanish and English-speaking business owners interested in the welfare of the Fresno-area Hispanic community. 

Today, the FAHF continues to support the growth and development of the community by bringing together business opportunities and assisting families from low-income households through specially designed philanthropic events. 
  • 2002

    In 2002, Dora Westerlund, in collaboration with other partners, implemented and established the first Microloan Program in the State of California operated by a Hispanic business organization.

  • 2003

    In 2003, began planning the business incubator project that would serve as a resource center for small businesses.

  • 2004

    Established the Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation.

  • 2007

    With the help of an angel investor, the Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation purchased a 13,000 sq. ft. building to be renovated and turned into a business incubator.

  • 2009

    Received a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration to support over 95% of the facility renovations and establish the Downtown Business Hub incubator.

  • 2011

    Completed renovations and celebrated the grand opening of the Downtown Business Hub (DBH) incubator, a one-stop-shop service center for small businesses. Since its grand opening, the DBH has incubated over 80 small businesses. Currently, the DBH is home to 20 in-house businesses and 12 virtual businesses.

TEAM

Dora Westerlund

CEO

As an international student at California State University, Fresno, she was given the opportunity to work for a year in the United States. She worked at Bank of America for 6 months. After that she was hired by the Mexican Consulate in Fresno as the executive assistant to the Consul of Mexico, where she worked for four years. In 2002, she accepted the position of president and CEO for the Fresno Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and in 2004 led the creation of the Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation.

Yery Olivares

Corporate Relations Director

Yery Olivares is an alumnus of California State University, Fresno. She graduated in 2010 from the Craig School of Business receiving a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with the option of Accounting. She was raised in Fresno County and attended CSU Fresno while working in the medical field for about 5 years. While at CSU Fresno, she was part of a Professional Business Fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, where she gained skills and professionalism.

Sandra Vidrio

Membership Development Manager

Sandra is a current student at California State University, Fresno. She will be completing her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with the option of Marketing in Spring 2016. She is currently a member of the Craig School of Business campus organization, Hispanic Business Student Association. As former President of the student organization she has been able to gain professionalism and networking skills that has helped jump-start her career.

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