Western students honor Hmong businesses in La Crosse area

Western Technical College students...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Students at Western Technical College are highlighting the business contributions of one of La Crosse's diverse communities.

They hosted a Hmong Business Showcase Wednesday at Western's Kumm Center.

Speakers at the event included local Hmong business owners who were able to share their success stories.

Organizers say they hope the showcase helps inspire a new generation of Hmong entrepreneurs and brings more awareness to the rest of the community about the culture.

"It's especially important in the La Crosse area because they're the largest minority population in La Crosse, and so because of that, it's important to know their traditions, respect their traditions and culture, and overall just be respectful," said Western student Alyssa Boardman.

The showcase was organized as a lead-up to this weekend's Hmong New Year celebration.

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