By Jayati Ramakrishnan | East Oregonian – EastOregonian.com – Staff Photo By E.J. Harris.
Photo: Martin Villanueva runs his restaurant, El Rodeo Club, out of the Quality Inn Hotel in Umatilla, Oregon.
Hispanic and Latino residents make up about a quarter of Umatilla County’s population, but business ownership in the county doesn’t reflect that number. Some local organizations are working to make owning and operating a business easier by overcoming cultural and language barriers. The Latino Business Network is one such organization. Run through the Hermiston Chamber of Commerce, the group was started about six years ago by chamber members and Latino business owners.