Mercado, US Bank offer Small Business Workshops


Mercado on 5th has launched a new Small Business Workshop series, offered in both English and Spanish, through a partnership with U.S. Bank.

Earlier this year, U.S. Bank Foundation awarded Mercado on 5th with a $50,000 Market Impact Fund grant to expand the organization’s outreach and technical assistance to minority-owned businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. 

With the grant, Mercado has secured a new permanent office space in Complex Building A on the Western Illinois University – Quad Cities campus. The grant also enabled Mercado to create a new Creciendo Juntos/Growing Together program, which will begin with the workshop series.


Mercado will offer the workshops in two sessions (in both English and Spanish) with courses taught by a marketing professional, U.S. Bank professionals, a certified public accountant and a grant specialist. Both sessions will feature the same courses. Participants can enroll in the complete session or take individual courses. All courses are free.


Courses in English will be taught from 11 a.m. to Noon, Wednesdays, from Sept. 8 to Oct. 27. Courses in Spanish will be from 6-7 p.m., Mondays, from Nov. 1 to Dec. 20. The course schedule is:

  •       Introduction to Branding, Sept. 8 and Nov. 1.
  •       Introduction to Marketing, Sept. 15 and Nov. 8
  •       General Budgeting, Sept. 22 and Nov. 15 
  •       Record Keeping, Sept. 29 and Nov. 22
  •       Tax Preparation, Oct. 6 and Nov. 29
  •       Managing Cash Flow (Income vs. Expenses), Oct. 13 and Dec. 6
  •       Credit, Debit and Loans, Oct. 20 and Dec. 13. 
  •       Applying for Small Business Grants, Oct. 27 and Dec. 20

 About Mercado on 5th: Mercado on 5th was launched in 2016 by Maria Ontiveros and her grandfather, Bob Ontiveros, founder of Group O. The organization has served as a platform for more than 100 small businesses and nonprofits. Working with other community partners, the Mercado has assisted more than 30 new minority-owned startup businesses. With the launch of its new Creciendo Juntos/Growing Together program, Mercado expects to help five additional startups and at least 75 existing business owners expand their business.


About U.S. Bank 

U.S. Bancorp, with nearly 70,000 employees and $559 billion in assets as of June 30, 2021, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association. The Minneapolis-based company serves millions of customers locally, nationally and globally through a diversified mix of businesses: Consumer and Business Banking; Payment Services; Corporate & Commercial Banking; and Wealth Management and Investment Services. The company has been recognized for its approach to digital innovation, social responsibility, and customer service, including being named one of the 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies and Fortune’s most admired superregional bank. Learn more at

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