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Hispanic Chamber Gets Businesses Connected With Technology

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Hispanic business owners in the valley are trying to bridge the technology gap.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce leaders asked for more funding on Tuesday night at the city council meeting.

"A little help goes a long way."

That's what volunteers for the hispanic chamber of commerce said at the meeting. 

They're looking for help to the tune of just a little under $6,000 for 2007.

Armando Ramirez, a volunteer for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce said the money would go towards helping businesses receive training with computers and the Internet.

Ramirez said without the proper training and knowledge, Hispanic businesses might be left behind.

"It would be like going to school without a dictionary," he said. "Just need resources, need people to contact. Iit's just a vital tool. These funds here will help for them to sustain that type of program."

Ramirez said the funding is the same as last year.

He also said it'll keep Hispanic businesses connected with the community.

During its Cinco De Mayo celebration last year, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce used a portion of the money to fund scholarships for a few college-bound high school students.

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce learns if they get the funding around the first of next year.