Pasos al Éxito

Pasos al Éxito supports building the economic development capacity of rural Latino community participants.


The Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs states, "Latino families have much strength, including stability, youthfulness, a commitment to the well-being of their children, a strong work ethic, and an ability to develop cohesive communities."

The Pasos al Éxito program is designed to capitalize on those strengths and empower, support, and arm rural Latinos with resources necessary to ensure a basic foundation of financial literacy and clear, informed steps in creating or strengthening a microenterprise. Financial literacy leads to making smart financial decisions, the development of smart financial habits, and can have positive effects on the health of an individual, family, and community. 


Pilot Program a Success

Pasos al Éxito: Steps to Success was first delivered as a pilot program in seven regions from 2011-2012. The work of the pilot has established connections and secured a reputation for the program that allows Pasos al Éxito to be a trusted resource for rural Latinos.

Pilot Program Fast Facts —
  • 12 jobs created or saved
  • 14 trainings delivered – 7 Financial Literacy, 7 Starting My Business @ Home
  • 140 Rural Latinos served
  • 42 business mentors recruited
  • 60 hours of technical assistance provided
  • 6 webinars delivered – Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, Business Oregon, IRS, Oregon Latino Agenda for Action, Oregon Microenterprise Network and Adelante Mujeres
  • 7 Oregon communities served – Hermiston, Boardman/Umatilla, Klamath Falls, Ontario, Nyssa/Vale, Silverton and Molalla


Pasos al Éxito Three-Year Vision | 2014-2016
The 2014 regions that have been selected are the greater Milton-Freewater region of Umatilla County and the greater Ontario region of Malheur County. The 2015 regions are yet to be identified; however, the following communities have expressed interest: Klamath Falls, The Dalles, and Astoria.
Major Activities and Timeline
RDI will serve two regions per each 24 month series- 12 months of program delivery, followed by additional site-visits and program evaluations at intervals 6 and 12 months after the completion of  the program.
  • Region Identification & Partnership Development
  • Financial Literacy Training
  • Entrepreneurial Development Training
  • Site Visits and Technical Assistance
Additional follow-ups, skill development assistance, and program evaluations will take place in 2015 for the 2014 communities and 2016 for the communities receiving training in 2015. RDI will work with partners to assess: businesses opened, jobs created, IDAs and loans applied or, and increases in sales and revenue.
For more information about the Pasos al Éxito program, contact Senior Program Manager Noelle Colby-Rotell at 208-954-9564 or 
For sponsorship opportunities or to make a contribution to Pasos al Éxito, contact Jennifer Clemo, Development Coordinator, at 541-684-9077 x4 or 



Personal Statement from Arcelía G. Avila, a participant from Klamath Falls, OR



“About two years ago, I lost my job, and because of this situation, I began to search for some way to support myself. Last year, in November, I started my own business for organic coffee but became discouraged very quickly and stopped selling. With the Pasos al Éxito program, I discovered the tools for how to persevere, and for creating publicity for my small business. The Pasos al Éxito program taught me how to start my business, the tools that I need and helped me to find them, and the technical assistance programs that are available, which I did not know before and which I thank both this program and the community for.”


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