Latinas in Business, an organization that was born only 4 years ago, is reaching a major milestone today. We are launching our second annual event, the 2019 Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch.
We are thrilled to be back at the welcoming Hudson County Community College, a Hispanic Serving institution, and I thank our co-host, Dr Reber and the college community, for your support and hospitality.
Entrepreneurial life is exhilarating but also very challenging. Every little step, every small achievement is the result of hard work, many sacrifices, and sometimes prioritizing our business over our families and our personal time. Only those who go above and beyond the expected efforts can make it. The rewards, however, are immense. Reaching a milestone like this, seeing all of you here today, makes all the sacrifice worthwhile.
In only 4 years, Latinas in Business went from a tiny little online pitch competition to a fantastic Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch Competition last year, with 71 vendors, 10 Latina small businesses pitching for a prize package of $10,000, and over 300 attendees.
Since our beginnings, we have told, promoted and celebrated over 200 stories of Latina entrepreneurs and Latina leaders in every industry. We want to bring their stories to the forefront, stories of hard-working Latinas, their parents and grandparents, who are building community around them. You represent the American Dream at its best, and YOU ARE the future of this country.Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise!
Today, the 2019 Entrepreneur Empowerment Lunch is an opportunity for Latinas as well as other women and men entrepreneurs to share their knowledge, their stories and become a resource for each other. Only through our work together, we can achieve the momentum that our community deserves, the attention and representation that is crucial for our economic and political empowerment.
I also want to thank all the decision-makers that are here and will be here today to support our efforts. The presence of high-ranked officers of the state of New Jersey is a great validation of our mission.
We are making headways and many are watching and supporting our efforts!
I invite you to LEARN. CONNECT AND SUCCEED! Enjoy your day, and take advantage of all the knowledge and experience of great speakers, experts and leaders who so generously are giving their time and their presence at this conference.