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Monica C. Gavino, Ph.D. and Sister Margaret Mary Hinz, R.S.M. awarded $20,000 grant from Sisters of Mercy

Grant provides funds for management training seminars

Chicago (April 23, 2009)  Two Saint Xavier University employees were awarded a $20,000 Agatha O’Brien Ministry Fund Grant to provide management training seminars and workshops to Latino/Hispanic business owners in the West Lawn Community of Chicago.

The recipients, Monica C. Gavino, Ph.D., assistant professor of management and Sr. Margaret Mary Hinz, R.S.M., associate director of graduate programs of the Graham School of Management, are working with the Greater Southwest Development Corporation, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 63rd Street Growth Commission and West Lawn Chamber of Commerce to organize the events and workshops. 

The seminars will focus on the changing demographics of this predominantly Latino/Hispanic community. Currently, 30 percent of the members of the West Lawn Chamber are Latino/Hispanic. An estimated 60 to 70 percent of the community’s customer base is Latino/Hispanic, the majority of which is foreign-born. Small business owners will receive training on writing business plans, human resources practices, legal compliance, finance, and how these activities impact their customers.  

Formal networking opportunities will be held to encourage Latino business owners to collaborate with other business owners and agencies that can provide resources to their businesses. The networking events and workshops are scheduled for May and June.  

The Sisters of Mercy grant comes from the order’s Agatha O’Brien Ministry Fund, named in honor of Sister Agatha O’Brien (1822-1854), superior of the first Sisters of Mercy who arrived in Chicago in 1846.  During the past 15 years, the Sisters of Mercy have awarded 250 grants to various ministries in which its sisters and associates bring the Mercy tradition to the world. 

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas are located in North, Central and South America; the Caribbean; Guam and the Philippines, with more than 4,000 sisters responding faithfully to the needs of the economically poor in these countries.  Since their founding in 1831, Sisters of Mercy have used their deep knowledge and expertise to initiate health care, education, housing, advocacy and social services.

Contact: Joe Moore
773-298-3937 or jmoore@sxu.edu