Abel Perez has been helping local businesses connect with Hispanic residents for years.
Perez, 69, has run the Kansas Department of Commerce local office and has been executive director for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Now he and several colleagues have founded a nonprofit organization called the Multicultural Education and Communication Institute of Kansas. He will teach cultural awareness and sensitivity for interested companies. The group also will help workers learn English – or how to speak English with less of an accent – and soft skills needed to succeed in business.