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President Biden proclaims May 1-7 as National Small Business Week

SBA highlights National Small Business Week celebration “Building a Better America Through Entrepreneurship” with remarks from President Biden.

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SBA Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman. (Photo Source)

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)’s 2022 National Small Business Week celebrations will officially commence with a three-day virtual summit and an awards ceremony for honorees. SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman will kick off the national event on Monday, May 2, addressing registered participants during the educational, training, and networking event. To end the celebration, President Joe Biden will deliver pre-recorded remarks congratulating our National Small Business Week award winners and acknowledging the contributions of America’s 32.5 million small businesses to our Nation’s historic economic comeback.

President Biden, in his proclamation declaring May 1-7 as National Small Business Week, stated, “For generations, small businesses across America have shaped and embodied our Nation’s entrepreneurial spirit and driven our economy forward. Today, more than 32 million small businesses employ almost half of America’s workforce and represent the heart and soul of countless communities. During National Small Business Week, we celebrate America’s small businesses and their enormous contributions to American life and prosperity.

“When I first took office, the pandemic had devastated America’s small business community. Hundreds of thousands of small businesses had closed, main streets were shuttered, and millions more Americans were out of work through no fault of their own. Even with the creativity and resilience of small business owners and workers, COVID-19 took an incalculable toll on so many lives and livelihoods. That is why I made it a top priority to provide substantial, immediate relief to our Nation’s small businesses, giving them the tools, resources, and support they needed to reopen, rehire, and rebuild.

“My American Rescue Plan and other emergency relief programs distributed hundreds of billions of dollars to millions of small businesses to keep the lights on and keep workers on the payroll. My Administration also removed historic barriers to level the playing field for businesses across rural and urban America, especially businesses owned by veterans, women, and people of color. These efforts have helped millions of small businesses not only weather the pandemic but thrive.

President Biden and SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman. (Photo source)

“My Administration is committed to unlocking new opportunities to help small businesses grow and compete. Through the American Rescue Plan, our State Small Business Credit Initiative provides States, territories, and Tribal governments with resources to establish loan and equity capital programs to support entrepreneurs. In addition, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has created unprecedented contracting opportunities for small businesses in every community. Already, more than 4,000 projects have been announced to upgrade America’s infrastructure, creating significant opportunities for small businesses to grow. The law is delivering affordable high-speed internet access to every community — urban, rural, suburban, and Tribal — so every small business can use digital technologies and gain new customers across the country and around the world. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law makes the Minority Business Development Agency within the United States Department of Commerce a permanent entity — seeded with a record amount of funding — so minority-owned businesses can receive tailored assistance for their unique challenges and access the capital they need to grow.

“I firmly believe that equal opportunity is the bedrock of our democracy. That is why my Administration is committed to using Federal procurement dollars to support firms owned by underrepresented people and to help small businesses build generational wealth. Last year, I announced a set of reforms to increase contracting opportunities for underserved businesses by up to 50 percent by 2025. We are also capitalizing on our historic investments in supply chain resilience and “Made in America” manufacturing so small businesses can innovate, compete, and build the products of tomorrow. To position small businesses for success in the long term, the United States Small Business Administration’s Community Navigator Pilot program is forging stronger partnerships with local organizations to get resources to underserved small businesses.

“Thanks to these initiatives and the resilience of the American people, America’s entrepreneurial spirit has never been stronger. New business applications grew by more than 30 percent over the course of the pandemic, with almost 5.4 million new applications in 2021 alone. More Americans than ever before — including more women and people of color — are following their dreams and starting new enterprises. My Administration will continue to support them, build upon this remarkable resurgence, and strengthen the foundation of our economy with America’s small businesses at the forefront.

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“This National Small Business Week, let us renew our commitment to supporting our Nation’s small businesses. From local “mom and pop” shops to innovative start-ups, small businesses are pillars of our communities and the engine of our economy. By rebuilding our economy from the bottom up and middle out, we can maintain our global competitiveness and build a stronger Nation where everyone can succeed.

 

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The President’s proclamation closes with “NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 1 through May 7, 2022, as National Small Business Week. I call upon all Americans to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the American economy, continue supporting them, and honor the occasion with programs and activities that highlight these important businesses.”

This year’s National Small Business Week virtual conference will offer free educational webinars, free business advice, and an opportunity to network with fellow business owners.

Registration is required; individuals interested in the conference can register here.

About the U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration helps power the American dream of business ownership. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit www.sba.gov

Announcing Panel Speakers for Latinas & Success at the 4th National Conversation with Latina Leaders

“Latinas & Success: What It Takes to Make It in America” will explore if the American Dream is still possible for Latinas and other minority women entrepreneurs, with national speakers and influencers sharing the obstacles and barriers they overcame to get to the top.

The virtual event will be held on Friday, March 25 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST – 9:00 am to 11:00 am PST on Zoom and live-streamed on Facebook. For free registration to this event visit https://latinas-success.eventbrite.com. The event is open to all entrepreneurs regardless of gender, race or ethnicity. 

PANEL 1. Latinas & Success: How to Overcome Being a Latina, a Woman and [an Immigrant] to Achieve Success

These female founders had to struggle with all odds to become who they are today. Learn from their experience of discrimination, language barriers or lack of networks how they prevailed to succeed.

PANEL SPEAKER: Sandy Tejada, Actor

Sandy Tejada is one of the brightest up and coming young stars. While attracting a lot of attention from directors who often compare her to J. Lo, Sandy is still very much her own flavor. Proud of her Dominican heritage, Sandy was born in Manhattan, New York and raised by a single mother.

Her mother was a huge influence in her life, bestowing upon her the wisdom to achieve the American dream, and to seize control of her own destiny. A performer since the age of six, Sandy excelled in everything she set her mind to. Modeling, dancing, swimming, basketball, and softball were some of the ways that Sandy got to show off her natural talents. 

As a Latina in Hollywood today, Sandy says, “My greatest wish is to pave the way for greater representation of Latinxs in film and television.”

PANEL SPEAKER: Carmen Mercedes Baez (Chef Yala)

Chef Yala, is a private and executive chef, born in San Cristóbal, a small city in the south of the Dominican Republic, the daughter of Dominican parents and raised in New York City. Growing up she  always had a curious and restless mind, which eventually motivated her to start her own business. 

With more than nine years in the culinary field, she launched “El Patio de Yala” out of a passion, and years later, founded her restaurant “La Cocina de Yala” located in Bronx, NY. She is also the author of the book “Becoming Chef Yala: From A Backyard To A Kitchen.” 

PANEL MODERATOR: Moderator: Dr. Ginny Baro, Thought Leader and Founder of Executive Bound

Dr. Ginny Baro develops senior leaders to create business growth, high-performing teams, and personal well-being. She spent over 20 years in various leadership roles in financial services and technology, and today Ginny is an international transformational speaker, leadership coach, career strategist, and #1 bestselling author. 

Named one of the Top 100 Global Thought Leaders, Ginny created the Fearless Leadership Mastermind™ training to help leaders gain critical leadership skills to lead, engage, and influence their teams to surpass business goals and thrive together with purpose. She has successfully delivered leadership training and coaching programs for organizations, individuals, and Fortune 500 partners, impacting global audiences. To learn more, please visit www.executivebound.com.

Panel 2. Latinas in Male-Dominated Industries: Who’s the Boss?

Male-dominated industries and occupations are particularly vulnerable to reinforcing harmful stereotypes and creating unfavorable environments that make it even more difficult for women to excel. These successful Latinas can tell how to overcome those stereotypes and who is really the boss in their own businesses. 

PANEL SPEAKER: Paola Santana, Founder and CEO of Social Glass

Paola Santana is a lawyer, public procurement expert and tech entrepreneur, creating the next breakthrough in government systems. She’s the founder and CEO of Social Glass, a software ecosystem using Artificial Intelligence to power high-performing governments.

She co-established the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court, and worked at the National Elections Court coordinating the Elections Litigation Chamber. She has also collaborated with the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the OECD, developing striking public infrastructure projects and strategic partnerships integrating exponential technologies.

She’s best known for her ability to create things from scratch at the intersection of the public, private and regulatory domains, and for her track record introducing cutting-edge technologies into highly-regulated markets. Her most recent experience includes co-drafting the public-private partnership enabling the first multi-state Hyperloop system in the United States.

PANEL SPEAKER: Brittney Castro, Brand ambassador, Founder of Financially Wise Inc.

Brittney is a leading speaker, host, and brand ambassador and has worked alongside top brands like Chase, Mint, ETrade, CNBC, Gemini, AirBnB, Zoom, Altruist, Refinery29, and more to promote financial literacy via media interviews, video content, celebrity, and expert interviews, TV appearances and more.

At the age of 22, Brittney began her career as a financial advisor and at 28 launched her own Registered Investment Advisory, Financially Wise Inc. Over those 15 years, she worked with thousands of clients on their financial journeys. In 2020, she sold her private practice to focus all her time on speaking, content creation, and brand partnerships.

In 2021, Brittney co-hosted and produced “Chantel’s Money Moves” a show backed by Facebook to teach Gen Z’s personal finance and investing.

PANEL MODERATOR: Rosario B Casas, Co-founder, VR Americas and Brooklyn2Bogota Incubator

Award-winning Colombian-born entrepreneur with more than 7 years of practical experience in data and technology platforms and more than 20 years in executive roles. Spatial Computing expert and developer. She is obsessed with having more women prepared to solve problems with technology.

Co-founder of XR Americas, a software company that uses spatial computing systems (AR + VR + AI) focused on improving workforce learning. Co-founder of BCPartners Tech, a consulting firm specializing in digital adoption and transformation. Co-creator of the 4 Dimensional Quotient guide. Co-founder member of Dreamers & Doers. Co-Founder at #Brooklyn2Bogota, digital transformation incubator for Hispanic small business owners.

Rosario is a member of the Big Data Advisory Board of Rutgers University, SXSW Pitch, XR In Learning, The World Innovation Network – TWIN Tech, and a member of the Board of Directors of Kaleidoscope Premium VR Grant. 

PANEL 3. Funding Strategies to Achieve your Dream Business – Grants, Angel Investors and Venture Capital 

These successful female founders are now leaning in and giving back! How they found purpose in helping fund other women’s businesses in a formerly male-dominated field. 

PANEL SPEAKER: Monika Mantilla, Co-founder of Altura Capital and Small Business Community Capital 

Monika co-founded Altura Capital in 2005 to allow institutional investors and strategic partners to invest in high-performing small and diverse businesses that supply value-added goods and services to corporate America. In her 30-plus year career, Monika has focused on offering significant returns to investors while delivering valuable economic impact to communities. 

In 2012, Monika co-founded Small Business Community Capital, one of the few Latina-led SBIC funds in the United States. SBCC and Altura are playing a pivotal role in developing an ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors, advisors and corporations working together to harness opportunities.

Monika sits on the board of directors for various companies and organizations including Cidrines, Coastal Painting, 9th Wonder, the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative (SLEI), the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) She is a fellow member of the Aspen Latinos in Society program and the author of a chapter in the book “Advancing U.S. Latino Entrepreneurship.”

PANEL SPEAKER: Betty Francisco, CEO, Boston Impact Initiative

Betty Francisco is a seasoned business executive, board director, angel investor, and community leader. She is known as a powerful convener and changemaker, unapologetic about creating visibility for Latinx and people of color.

Betty is currently the CEO of Boston Impact Initiative, a social impact investment fund that invests integrated capital in regenerative local enterprises in Eastern Massachusetts that are owned and controlled by entrepreneurs of color or are serving communities of color. She is the co-founder of Amplify Latinx, a social venture that is building Latinx economic and political power by significantly increasing Latino civic engagement, economic opportunity and leadership representation in Massachusetts. Betty is also co-founder of the Investors of Color Network, a consortium of Black and Latinx accredited investors working to close the racial funding gap in startup capital.

She serves on the Boards of Directors of The Boston Foundation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Beth Israel Lahey Health, and Roxbury Community College. She is also a founding member of the Coalition for an Equitable Economy which is building an equitable small business ecosystem for entrepreneurs of color in Massachusetts.

PANEL SPEAKER: Susana Marino, founder and President, Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 

Susana Marino is the founder and current President of the Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – NOVAHCC. Susana is a first generation Latina and immigrant from Venezuela, South America. 

Susana decided to launch the Northern Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 2018 to improve the level of access to diversity supplier opportunities for Latinos, and other multi-ethnic businesses in Northern Virginia.  NOVAHCC is an international business and trade association representing people of all entrepreneurial backgrounds and industries.

The goal of the chamber is to focus on delivering bottom-line results with B2B/B2G matchmaking, creating opportunities for economic growth for small business through contracting opportunities with the private and public sector, access to capital, revenue accelerator training and career opportunities.   

Susana also serves in the Board of Directors for Virginia Career Works. As part of the board, Susana and a team oversees how the organization partners effectively with programs to assist job seekers in the Northern Virginia region.   

PANEL MODERATOR: Maria del Pilar Avila, founder and CEO, InterDUCTUS/Renovad

Maria del Pilar Avila, founder of interDUCTUS, is an organizational change management consulting practice with clients including impact & ESG focused investment funds, foundations and nonprofits. Through our Renovad executive development and wellness programs, she aims to elevate the impact of global leaders.

She began her career in hospitality with Hilton & Puerto Rico Convention Bureau and eventually was transferred from San Juan to Washington DC, where she was immersed in the burgeoning Hispanic market as a VP of Marketing & Events of U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Previously as CEO of New America Alliance, she led implementation of the NAA mission focused on building on American Latino success while bringing diverse leaders and communities together to forge a stronger America. Under her leadership, NAA opened access to billions of dollars for diverse asset managers, enabling members to expand aggregate assets under management (AUM) to almost $80 Billion. Pilar led public advocacy focused on The White House, US Congress, Federal & State agencies which resulted in the first-ever US House Financial Services Comm hearing on diversity in finance; advancing support for diversity in corporate boards and the initial version of the DREAM Act; and launching state hearings & legislation aiming to diversify management of public pension assets.

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Women’s History Month celebration gathers nationally recognized Latina leaders and influencers

“Latinas & Success: What It Takes to Make It in America will explore if the American Dream is still possible for Latinas and other minority women entrepreneurs, with national speakers and influencers sharing the obstacles and barriers they overcame to get to the top.

 

National Conversation Latina LeadersIn celebration of Women’s History Month, Latinas in Business Inc. announces main speakers for their 4th National Conversation with Latina Leaders to discuss “Latinas & Success: What It Takes to Make It in America.”

The virtual event will be held on Friday, March 25 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm EST – 9:00 am to 11:00 am PST on Zoom and live-streamed on Facebook. For free registration to this event visit https://latinas-success.eventbrite.com. The event is open to all entrepreneurs regardless of gender, race or ethnicity. 

Bibi Hidalgo, Associate Administrator, SBA Office of Government Contracting & Business Development (TBC), has been invited as Keynote Speaker. Hidalgo oversees and reviews procurement-related policies for small business contractors hoping to work with the Federal Government, including Woman-owned, Veteran-owned, Socially Disadvantaged, HUBZone, and 8(a) Minority Business Development Program small businesses.

Albania Rosario, founder and CEO of Fashion Designers of Latin America, has been confirmed as Celebrity Speaker. Originally from the Dominican Republic, she uprooted and moved to the New York City with her parents in 2000, and launched her initiative that has now an international reach to several countries in Latin America. 

Susana G Bauman, President and CEO of Latinas in Business Inc said, “Once the fastest demographics opening businesses in the USA, Latinas and other minority women have fallen behind during the pandemic. 

We are asking the question if the American Dream is still possible them, a long overdue discussion about opportunities, resources and funding discrimination, and what can be done to close that gap. We are gathering a successful lineup of national speakers to share their experiences with others.”

Join us and all supporting organizations in bringing real solutions to America’s backbone, small businesses, and especially minority women and Latina-owned businesses, their talent, innovation and their constant sense of purpose to support their communities. 

For registration please visit: https://latinas-success.eventbrite.com

Female founders and leaders gather for holiday Fundraiser and Silent Auction

Latina in Business’ Annual Fundraiser and Silent Auction is a time for giving and receiving. This year, our fundraiser titled Latinas Are Back in Business, will focus on celebrating the successes of female entrepreneurs and founders, supporting each other, sharing the struggles and lessons learned during the pandemic, and amplifying the voices of minority small business owners. 

The Annual Fundraiser and Silent Auction will take place on December 8 from 4pm to 7pm, featuring special guests, celebrities and female founders. 

“We are extremely excited and grateful that many sponsors and members are joining us to amplify the voice of  Latinas suffering during the Covid-19 pandemic.  We want to bring a little joy and hope to many female founders and tell them we will continue to support them,” Susana G Baumann. President and CEO, said.   

Join us for this free virtual event on Wednesday, December 8 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm EST –Zoom and Live streamed on Latinas in Business Facebook page. 

You won’t want to miss this event! Register Now! 

 Guest speakers to share their stories of business and success as female founders 

Mariela Dabbah, CEO and Founder, Red Shoe Movement

Mariela Dabbah, CEO and Founder, Red Shoe Movement

Mariela Dabbah is the founder and CEO of the Red Shoe Movement, a leadership development company powered by a global community of women and men allies who support each other for career success. She is also a TEDx and International speaker, award-winning, best-selling author and go-to corporate authority for Fortune 500 companies interested in inclusive cultures.  

Dr Ginny A. Baro, founder of Fearless Women at Work.

Dr Ginny A. Baro is an award-winning international motivational speaker, certified leadership coach, career strategist, and #1 bestselling author of Fearless Women at Work. Named one of the Top 100 Global Thought Leaders, she delivers coaching programs, trainings, and keynotes to global audiences to develop individual women and leaders and helps Fortune 500 companies build inclusive leadership dream teams.

 

Rosario B. Casas is an award-winning women-in-tech advocate, co-founder of Business Creative Partners, leading digital adoption and transformation for Hispanic owned businesses. She is a Colombian-born serial entrepreneur, with over 8 years of practical experience in data and technology platforms and management roles. Most recently, she co-founded  Brooklyn2Bogota, a digital incubator for Hispanic business owners. The program aims to help close the digital divide post-COVID for business owners and entrepreneurs 

Tania Molina, founder and CEO of Villakuyaya Organic Dark Chocolate.

Tania Molina is the founder and CEO of Villakuyaya Organic Dark Chocolate. Originally an architect by profession, Tania shifted her career in 2014 with the entrepreneurial dream to create her own chocolate brand. Drawing on her Ecuadorian roots, Tania created Villakuyaya with quality ingredients and sustainable practices as her guiding goals. 

Lourdes Lulu Carey

Lourdes “Lulu” Carey, owner and founder of SweetLove gifts.

Lulu Carey is the owner and founder of SweetLove gifts, an online gift shop that personalizes a variety of products, from wine bottles to balloons and surprise gift boxes. Lulu started her business during the pandemic after discovering her creative side this past year. From hobby to business, Lulu shares her story as a new entrepreneur and the challenges and successes throughout her journey so far. 

Erica Sandoval, author and clinical therapist.

Erica Sandoval is a passionate licensed clinical therapist who is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is also committed to amplifying the voices and businesses of Latinx social work leaders. Erica’s book, Latinx In Social Work, has been named a #1 Best Seller New Release on Amazon. 

Jacqueline Camacho

Jacqueline Camacho Ruiz, entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker, philanthropist and pilot. 

Jacqueline Camacho Ruiz is a visionary social entrepreneur that has created an enterprise of inspiration. As an entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker, and philanthropist she has created two successful award-winning companies, two nonprofit organizations, published over a dozen books, created many products, and held dozens of events around the world in just the past decade. Additionally, she is one of the few Latina sports airplane pilots in the United States, living by the motto: “taking off is optional, landing on your dreams is mandatory.”

Pilar Avila, founder of interDUCTUS, and  Renovad experiential retreats.

Pilar Avila is the founder of organizational change management consulting practice, interDUCTUS, and  Renovad experiential retreats. After building a fruitful career over 26 years providing leadership at institutions across the private equity, hospitality, and nonprofit sectors, Pilar decided to launch a consulting practice as a boutique lifestyle business inspired by her journeys across 5 continents and 18 countries, and the desire to spend more quality time with the extraordinary women who serve as her mentors and collaborators. 

Crystal Berger is the Founder of EBO.

Crystal Berger is the Founder of EBO, an on-demand expert bookings API that is committed to breaking barriers to entry in media using emerging technology. She is also the host of the Counter Culture Podcast, and a lifestyle contributor using emerging tech to break barriers to entry in media and corporate as a media tech entrepreneur. Berger has been recognized as a NAACP Award-Winning Journalist and is a Social Media Ambassador for the United Nations.

Nicole Mason, National CEO of Lemonade Day.

Nicole Mason serves as the National CEO of Lemonade Day, a non-profit committed to preparing youth for life by instilling an entrepreneurial spirit. For 15 years, Lemonade Day has offered youth K-8 an entrepreneurial and experiential program infused with life skills, character development, financial and business literacy, and mentorship. Their vision is for all children to be introduced to entrepreneurship through the real-world experience of starting their own business – a lemonade stand, the quintessential first business for young entrepreneurs.

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Register now for our Silent Auction for a chance to win big prizes from our donors! 

This year’s Annual Fundraiser and Silent Auction is all about giving and receiving. For over a year, small businesses and entrepreneurs have struggled through hardships due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As an organization, Latinas in Business has been committed to amplifying the voices of minority small business owners and female founders through these turbulent times. 

Our fundraiser this year, titled Latinas Are Back in Business, aims to bring together our vibrant community of business owners and entrepreneurs to celebrate their success and share their stories and experiences throughout the pandemic.  

The Annual Fundraiser and Silent Auction will take place on December 8 from 4pm to 7pm, featuring special guests, celebrities and female founders. 

“We are extremely excited and grateful that many sponsors and members are joining us to amplify the voice of  Latinas suffering during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many female founders have suffered losses not only in their businesses but also in their families and friends.  We want to bring a little joy and hope to many female founders and tell them we will continue to support them,” Susana G Baumann. President and CEO, said.   

Join us for this free virtual event on Wednesday, December 8 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm EST –Zoom and Live streamed on Latinas in Business Facebook page. 

You won’t want to miss this event! Register Now! 

Register and make a bid for a chance to win big prizes! 

The silent auction portion of the event will feature big prizes from our donors and fellow minority business owners, female founders, and entrepreneurs. Register for the event and make a bid for a chance to win one of these prizes. Below is a list of our confirmed donors so far, with more to come! View the full auction page here

fundraiserCrate & Twine Gift Box donated by co-founder Tania Molina. Crate & Twine combines the efforts of two strong, independent small business women from two distinct fields of industry. Tania, creator and owner of Villakuyaya Organic Dark Chocolates, and Suany Baca, creator and owner of Sweets by Suany, came together with a vision of uniquely curated gift boxes centered around Tania’s chocolates and Suany’s cookies and sweets, and filled in with heart and soul items that give the receiver of the gift box a feeling of love and pride from receiving.   

Win one of these beautiful gift boxes to share with a loved one this holiday season. The gift box includes: Villakuyaya Chocolate Bars (3), Villakuyaya Hot Chocolate Jar, Villakuyaya Truffles (4), Sweet by Suany Alfajores Marplatences (2), Sweet by Suany Design Christmas Cookies (2), Sweet by Suany Choco Bomb by Villakuyaya Chocolate, Christmas Rompope, Palo Santo by South Rhoades Apothecary, Crocheted Mini Christmas Gnome by Lnkreactions, Fancy Matches by Candlefolk, and a Custom Candle. 

Create your Business or Career Vision for 2022! donated by Dr. Ginny A. Baro. Connect with Dr. Ginny for a private 1-hr. VIP strategy & business acceleration session AND a copy of Dr. Ginny’s latest best-seller “Healing Leadership” book.

During that one hour, Dr. Ginny Baro will cover the top 3 challenges and create a 12-month practical action plan based on what’s most important and meaningful to you!

Dr. Ginny A. Baro is an award-winning international motivational speaker, certified leadership coach, career strategist, and #1 bestselling author of Fearless Women at Work. Named one of the Top 100 Global Thought Leaders, she delivers coaching programs, trainings, and keynotes to global audiences to develop individual women and leaders and helps Fortune 500 companies build inclusive leadership dream teams.

Group Session for 6 donated by Erica Sandoval. Erica is a passionate licensed clinical therapist who is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is also committed to amplifying the voices and businesses of Latinx social work leaders. 

This prize includes an inspiring group session for 6 people on “How to Set Boundaries & Cultivate Joy with Latino Families this Holiday Season” Or “Navigating Difficult Conversations.”

Additionally, winner will receive a copy of Erica’s book, Latinx In Social Work, #1 Best Seller New Release on Amazon. 

3-month Business Coach and Advisor to Grow! donated by Jennifer Garcia. Jennifer Garcia is a multi-faceted business professional and leadership coach with a passion for empowering people and transforming businesses. 

Jennifer is also the founder of Fluential Leadership, a business and leadership consulting firm focused on elevating small-to-medium-sized business performance through developing and executing growth strategies, recruitment, and retaining talent. 

Let Jennifer guide you and help you grow your business with this 3-month coaching package! 

Improve your Life with YOGA virtual classes! donated by Norma Colón. Win 2 Sessions of 5 classes each that will teach you simple techniques!

Norma Colón, a proud Latina, born and raised in The South Bronx, brings her passion for Iyengar Yoga to every class and private lesson.

A Certified Iyengar Yoga instructor since 1999, (with other prior certifications) Norma has been practicing and teaching Yoga for more than 40 years, in the tradition of Yoga Master B.K.S. Iyengar since 1987. Norma has studied with many of the world’s top Iyengar Yoga teachers as well as with her Guru, B.K.S. Iyengar and his daughter, Gita Iyengar. She continues her studies with Abhijata Iyengar, even on Zoom.

Private YOGA classes to jumpstart your wellness! donated by Norma Colón. Place a bid on this prize for a chance to win 3 private yoga classes with Norma, an experienced certified yoga instructor with over 40 years teaching and specializing in Iyengar Yoga. 

Reconnect to the Power Within with RENOVAD donated by Renovad Experiential Retreats. Renovad hosts world-class renovation experiences around the globe in destinations that evoke relaxation, inspiration and adventure, providing women of consequence a unique opportunity to reinvigorate mind, body, and soul. 

Bid for a chance to win a $500 GIFT CERTIFICATE towards one Renovad 2022 Experiential Retreat.*

Choose from the following upcoming Retreats:

MOROCCO: Zagora Desert, Marrakech & Atlas Mountains, May 27 – June 4, 2022, OR GREECE: Athens, Paros & Santorini, Sept 3-10, 2022.

*Valid with the purchase of a complete CORE RETREAT PROGRAM. Please find additional information about these trips: https://www.renovad.co/retreats

fundraiser4 VIP Tickets to Disney on Ice at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ donated by Investors Bank.

Thanks to Investors Bank, one of our amazing sponsors for this event, you will have a chance to make memories with your entire family at Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! at Prudential Center in Newark NJ.

See your favorite Disney characters like never before! VIP tickets for the best location

We will also be giving away a number of Latina Inner Circle Memberships during the silent auction to all who participate on December 8 from 4 pm to 7 pm on our Facebook LIVE Streaming event.

To view the full list of prizes and donors, visit the silent auction page here. For more information and to register for the event visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/208728290937.

“Latinas are Back in Business” Annual Fundraiser and Silent Auction to continue advocating for female founders 

Celebrities and small business owners will come together on December 8 from 4pm to 7pm in a virtual LIVE Streaming session to tell stories about the struggle of female founders during the pandemic, and how not only they survived but also thrived! 

Latinas in Business Inc. is asking for the general public support for their Annual Fundraiser and Silent Auction to take place virtually on December 8 from 4pm to 7pm. The event will feature special guests, celebrities and female founders who will be interviewed to tell stories of resilience and success over the adversity of the Covid19 pandemic.

The free virtual event takes place on Wednesday, December 8 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm EST –Zoom and Live streamed on Latinas in Business Facebook page. For free registration to this event visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/208728290937. The event is open to the general public regardless of gender, race or ethnicity. 

“We are extremely excited and grateful that many sponsors and members are joining us to amplify the voice of  Latinas suffering during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many female founders have suffered losses not only in their businesses but also in their families and friends.  We want to bring a little joy and hope to many female founders and tell them we will continue to support them,” Susana G Baumann. President and CEO, said.   

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Latinas are back in business! Join us for our annual fundraiser and silent auction to continue supporting female founders and entrepreneurs.

The Silent Auction page includes donations from major sponsors and also, high-end female brands including Renovad Experiential Retreats, Fashion Designers of Latin America, Stuyvesant Champagne, Villakuyaya Gourmet Chocolates, and many more. The lowest bid starts at $15 but viewing of the Silent Auction Page is free to all who register.  

“We are very grateful to one of our main sponsors and supporters, Investors Bank, for donating one of the most valuable prices, 4 VIP tickets to the Disney on Ice, Let’s Celebrate show at Prudential Center in Newark NJ, for a value of $1000. And to the Investors Foundation, for providing a grant to support the event for another $1000,” Baumann added. 

For registration to this free event, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/208728290937.

LULAC

LULAC Women’s Conference proves Latinas are “America’s CEOs” 

Women leaders of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) are holding a milestone two-day national gathering of Latinas from across the United States and Puerto Rico, November 12-13 in New York City. This is LULAC’s first major in-person event since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 marking the longest period in modern times for the country’s chief Latino advocacy organization without a national assembly.

“The journey to this point has been long and difficult given the uncertainty of our times, but we are ready and committed to making this a tremendous success,” says Elsie Valdes-Ramos, LULAC National Board Officer and Vice-President for Women. “This event matters because it is about the empowerment through the action of hundreds of women leaders who are coming together and tens of thousands more linked through social media. These are the women we want and need, to support each other, learn from one another, and make us even stronger in unity,” adds Valdes-Ramos.

Sindy Benavides, LULAC National CEO

The two-day LULAC Women’s Conference program includes plenary sessions, specialized panels, and interactive workshops that cover a wide range of timely topics including technology, mental health, general health equity, inclusion and diversity, federal careers, and women’s empowerment and leadership. Attendees confirmed included elected and appointed officials, community leaders, LULAC Women’s Commission members, and guests

“As we look ahead, the growth of the Latino community will double in just three decades. Latinas are at the heart of that growth and transformation,” says Sindy Benavides, LULAC National Chief Executive Officer. “The purpose of the LULAC Women’s Conference is to empower women by exchanging experiences so that we identify the most critical challenges we are all confronting daily, and the actions we need to take to overcome them.”

See conference catalog: Diverse Women in Action 

Latinas are “America’s CEOs” 

Two of the event’s principal organizers are Ralina Cardona, LULAC National Board Officer, and Sylvia Mata, LULAC Women’s Commissioner for the Northeast. Both are veteran social justice advocates in their communities who have served in elected and appointed positions. Also, they are staunch champions for Latinas, whom they call America’s CEOs, a fact borne out during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We were the hardest region early on, and the unknown of what was in the air, New York emerged almost like the Phoenix rising out of the ashes,” says Cardona. “We are looking forward to the women just sharing their best practices. We all know that Latina women already know how we are. I think now the world and country have seen how we are; multi-generational families, and CEOs of our households, and just taking care of everyone,” she adds.

Cardona says the pandemic taught America a new phrase, essential workers. The country quickly saw how important people of color were in our vital industries and roles, especially women. Every day, Latinas ventured to their jobs in hotels to transportation and health care. They never quit or gave up.

Sylvia Mata, LULAC National Women’s Commissioner

Mata says the focus now is on women’s empowerment and the significant impact on their families and communities. “I am very proud to be a part of LULAC because of its power for good and how respected the name is in many areas. This event will give us a greater presence here because I know of many successful professionals like attorneys who are now judges, and they tell me their first scholarship came from LULAC. This is the impact we are making,” adds Mata.

Mata has worked on educational programs related to health, immigration, finances, art, and small business. She co-produced an art, science, and technology (STEM) program for grades 10-12. Her goal was to reduce the school dropout rate in Queens, New York. Also, she owns and leads her small business. Today, she focuses on education from the perspective of inter-American business relations with a specialized focus on art and art investments.

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Mata sees a growing power for Latinas in America. “Women represent a significant part of the population, and we are moving the economy through our small businesses. We are advancing in federal jobs and leading important community groups, so, significantly, we are celebrating the LULAC National Women’s Conference here. I invite all Latinas who can join LULAC or collaborate with us. We are hopeful for the future.”

About LULAC

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services, and advocacy address the most prominent issues for Latinos, meeting the critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/.

National Small Business Week delivers virtual summit for post-COVID renewal resources

National Small Business Week commences with three-day free virtual summit from September 13 – 15, 2021. 

Hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), virtual summit will focus on the resilience and renewal of small businesses as they build back from the economic crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Photo by Sigmund on Unsplash

The National Small Business Week virtual summit will feature a variety of virtual events and activities including educational panels providing tools and practices for entrepreneurs and small businesses looking to pivot and recover post-COVID. With panels such as “The Importance of Black and Brown Community: Coming Together to Support Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, and Small Business Day”, “Empowering the Veteran and Military Small Business Community”, “Unlocking the Doors to Access for Black-Owned Businesses: Funders and Founders Share Their Real-Life Stories” and more on the agenda, the diverse and inclusive summit offers resources and tools to support all business owners expand and succeed. 

Register now for the free three-day virtual summit. 

SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman. (Photo Source)

“Over the last 16 months, we have seen the incredible determination and ingenuity of small businesses across the nation.  During NSBW, we will honor and celebrate their impact on our economy and strengthening of communities as we look towards recovery,” said SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman in a video message

As the 27th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Guzman represents the more than 30 million U.S. small businesses and is committed to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs start, grow and be resilient. 

The SBA works to empower entrepreneurs and small business owners by providing the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from disaster. The organization delivers services through its extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. 

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“NSBW is the perfect time for small businesses across the nation to network and learn about the many services and programs at the U.S. Small Business Administration, including our no-cost business counseling and mentoring opportunities available via our district offices and resource partners. We look forward to celebrating with you as we rebuild our economy and help our small businesses build back better,” Administrator Guzman added. 

About SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) works to ignite change and spark action so small businesses can confidently start, grow, expand, or recover. Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.

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Join us for our Summer Speakers Series and Networking Blast Events

Join us for our Summer Speakers Series and Networking Blast events for entrepreneurs and business owners, and participate in a chance to win a ticket to the Fashion Designers of Latin America LIVE Shows in NYC! 

Latinas in Business is excited to announce the return of our Summer Speakers Series and Networking Blast events, but with a twist!

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If you did not have the chance to attend these workshops during the 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit that took place in June, now you can!  And also have a chance to win a ticket to the Fashion Designers of Latin America LIVE Shows in NYC. 

Women entrepreneurs and business owners, you won’t want to miss out on these fantastic events and networking opportunities. Meet us at our Networking Blast to talk about you and your business and connect with other entrepreneurs! Members and non-members, we invite you to share your experiences!

Register ASAP to receive your private link to these must-see workshops

How to participate in the Summer Series Networking Blast events

The Networking Blast events will take place over the course of three Wednesdays throughout August, starting on August 4th. Attend these Summer Series and gain the tools you need to THRIVE in business!

  1. First, register and select one, two, or all three Networking Blasts! One extra ticket to be raffled among all those who sign up for all 3 workshops.
  2. You will receive a private link to watch a workshop at your convenience during the week previous to the Networking Blast.
  3. Open the link, watch the YouTube private video. Participants should watch at least 15 minutes of the video to participate in the FDLA ticket raffle. Then, leave a comment so we know it was you!
  4. Show up at that same week’s Networking Blast from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
  5. All participants who left a comment on the YouTube private link will participate in a raffle of a ticket** to:

Fashion Designers of Latin America LIVE Shows in NYC. (Photo courtesy FDLA)

The Fashion Designers of Latin America LIVE Shows will take place on September 8 and 9, 2021 in NYC. Each FDLA VIP Ticket (Value $250) includes:

  • Access to all Shows
  • Red Carpet Reception
  • Open Bar
  • Gift Bag

** Ticket does not include any other cash or in-kind compensation or accommodation. It’s personal and non-transferable. Certain restrictions apply. Not valid where the raffle is not legal. Only available in the US.

Our must-attend workshops

These three stellar workshops from industry leaders were featured during our THRIVE! 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Empowerment Summit in June. Each of these three featured workshops will help you gain the tools and resources you need to grow your business and reach your next business goals. 

Workshop 1: Grow with Google 

First, learn how to utilize Google to increase your business’s visibility with Sandra Elise Garcia’s workshop. Want to know how to make your business stand out online? Or how to make your business appear on the first page of a Google search? This workshop will teach you all about the different tools and resources Google offers to maximize your business’ visibility online. 

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Register ASAP to receive your private link to Speaker Sandra Elisa Garcia

Sandra Elisa Garcia is a Marketing and Branding strategist and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant. Her corporate experience includes organizations such as Clear Channel Outdoor, Time Warner Cable Media, PEOPLE.com, and CNNMoney.com developing marketing strategies and compelling sales programs. Sandra has strategized for brands such as Toyota, L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, Apple, Verizon Wireless, Sephora, Pepsi, and American Express to name a few.

You might be interested: Grow with Google: Lucy Pinto discusses digital tools, trends, and resources for small businesses 

Workshop 2: Real Strategies to Access Business Funding

Every business needs funding to expand and create new products. Join Peggy Paulson and Orlando Camargo as they explore real funding options to help you grow your business. 

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Register ASAP to receive your private link to Speakers Peggy Paulson and Orlando Camargo.

Orlando Camargo is the Vice President | SBA Business Development Officer for Valley National Bank in Totowa NJ.

Peggy Paulson is the Vice President | SBA BDO, SBA Department at Valley National Bank in Jericho, NY.

Workshop 3: Increase Revenue with Sustainable Practices 

Finally, sustainability is key to keeping businesses running and adapting to changing times. Join Apple White and Dorothy Kahlau to learn sustainable practices you can implement into your business that not only motivate employee engagement and encourage technological solutions but also save your company money. 

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Register ASAP to receive your private link to Speakers Apple White and Dorothy Kahlau

Apple White joined Valley National Bank in 2020 as the Workplace and Environmental Sustainability Strategy Manager. As a champion of effective change management, she provides solutions to amplify Valley’s workplace experience through space design, technology enablement, and workforce flexibility. She also drives environmental sustainability programs throughout the organization by partnering with purchasing, facilities, construction, and business group leaders.

Dorothy Kahlau is Valley Bank’s Director of Women in Business program, a multistate program designed to support women at all stages of their career and business: from aspiring women in business to well-established executives and anywhere in between. In this position, she fosters connections and encourages collaboration between women to help them take their business to the next level.