SAN ANTONIO, TX. – Oct. 5, 2021 — Community First Health Plans is pleased to launch the Empowering Pathways: Entrepreneur Scholarship Program. This scholarship program was created for Community First Members who are interested in starting or growing their own small business.

We believe in the strength and potential of dreamers with big ideas, hardworking entrepreneurs, and local business owners in our community,” said Theresa Scepanski, President and CEO of Community First Health Plans. “Ultimately we want to help entrepreneurs and small business owners to achieve their highest potential.

This scholarship program will provide participants the knowledge and support to build the strong foundation necessary to operate successfully within the ever-changing business environment. Program will include funding for education, training programs, and other opportunities to start or grow a small business, access to research resources, an extensive professional referral network, and lifelong business partners.

In addition, applicants will receive one-on-one business advising services to help develop business plans, identify sources to capital, analyze financial records, conduct specialized research and marketing & advertising campaigns to grow their business.

Richard Sifuentes is the director of the UTSA Small Business Development Center. He leads small businesses to improvement and growth.
“We work diligently to ensure every small business can achieve success,” said Sifuentes. “We are pleased to partner with Community First Health Plans to continue this work and to jointly invest in our community.”

Empowering Pathways: Entrepreneur Scholarship Program is made possible by our community partners: University of Texas at San Antonio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and LiftFund.

Community First members interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should apply at https://CommunityFirstHealthPlans.com/Scholarships. Deadline to apply is Friday, October 8, 2021.

ABOUT COMMUNITY FIRST HEALTH PLANS
Community First Health Plans was established in 1995, by the University Health System, specifically to begin providing health care coverage to the citizens of Bexar and the surrounding seven counties. As the only locally owned and managed, non-profit health plan in the area, our commitment to our members is to provide great health care benefits backed by outstanding service, delivered by people who live right here in South Texas. Our goal is to make San Antonio have more successful health outcomes by putting the community first. Learn more at https://communityfirsthealthplans.com/.

ABOUT UTSA SBDC
Small business ownership is vital to our Texas economy. Small businesses create jobs and have a positive economic impact in every community. UTSA SBDC grants entrepreneurs in Bexar County and its 10 surrounding counties access to professional and confidential business advising, a variety of quality training programs, and an extensive referral network.

ABOUT LiftFund
LiftFund works to close the small business finance gap thousands of small businesses face daily by providing loans and resources to budding and established business owners. LiftFund’s clients are diverse, minority owned, women owned, veteran owned, and come from all walks of life. LiftFund supports hard-working small business owners, providing them access to needed money and resources to grow, paving a path to success.

Contact
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Uchennaya Ogba at 210-978-4637 or email at uche@ehcupr.com.

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