Dallas/ Fort Worth Refugee Business Development Center

ILAD’s DFW Business Development Center equips refugees with the tools and coaching needed to launch and run their own businesses.


Dallas/Fort Worth is one of the largest areas for resettlement in the nation. There is considerable need for services supporting refugees, especially in business training.

Refugees arriving in DFW come from all over the world, fleeing oppression and war, hopeful for a better life in the United States.

However, because of language and culture barriers, refugees often find it necessary to take jobs below their skill level in order to make a living. Starting a business can be a path towards dignified work and support for their families.

Here are some distinctive elements of our program:

Contextualized & Accessible business training

Utilizing chatbot technology in the client’s language

Coaches hired from within the communities we serve

1 on 1 coaching, guidance and support throughout the refugee client’s journey from ideation into ownership

3 phases towards business ownership

Prep | Launch | Support


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"It's not easy to open our own business in a different country, but ILAD is making it easier for us.

– BDC client

"Each of us need a guide to walk right and reduce mistakes."

– BDC Client

"I have hope to build my credit score."

– BDC Client

"With ILAD's support I feel more confident in my ability to manage my business."

-BDC Client

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