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First three 2018 Pitch Competition participants contending for 10K Package Prize

The 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo has announced the first three Latinas that will participate at the 2018 Pitch Competition representing the states of New Jersey and New York. This year they compete for a $10K Package Prize that includes cash and promotion. Registration for the Pitch Competition closes on October 30th, 2018.

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Latinas in Business Inc. the national non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that advocates for the economic empowerment of Latina entrepreneurs and other minority women, announced the first three participants to the 2018 Latina SmallBiz Expo Pitch Competition. The event will take place at the Hudson County Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk St, Jersey City, NJ on November 8, 2018 from 12:00 to 7:00pm. Co-hosting the event are the Hudson County Office of Business Opportunity and Hudson County Community College.

“Three brave Latina entrepreneurs are stepping up at the 2018 Pitch Competition to promote their products and services to the most relevant media and sponsors in the region,” said Susana G Baumann, President, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Latinas in Business Inc. “They are residents of the states of New Jersey and New York and they will compete for an opportunity to win a $10,000 Package Prize that includes $2000 Cash, promotion and business acumen,” she added.

The three participants at the 2018 Pitch Competition are Gladys Vonglahn, founder and owner of Gladys Cleaning Service LLC, a residential and commercial cleaning. A Chilean by birth, Gladys began working in the cleaning business without much knowledge of professional cleaning, without access to capital, and with a language barrier. Little by little her business began to grow due to her constant dedication and from there she was able to structure her business into the company it is today. “I have a good sense of humor and I use it to market my services and also create communication channels with my clients,” Gladys said.

Judy Perez pitch competitionJudy Perez was born in New York City in a Dominican household. She loved cooking since the age of 8, and would cook for her family. “Baking didn’t come until I couldn’t seem to find any dessert I enjoyed when I went to eat out,” Judy said. So she created her line of Judy’s Dream Cakes, a dessert creation that she calls “edible art.” I began my idea in 2008 struggling as an entrepreneur but didn’t quit. I believed in my skills and my dream,” Judy said.

Yenny Espinal is from Belleville, NJ. She is a designer, a craft artist and owner of Yenny’s_creations, a small business she started in 2014. “I make handmade hair accessories like headbands for girl and babygirls, l also made all type of handmade craft, paper flowers, Christmas centerpieces, home and party decorations,” Yenny said.

“The 2018 Pitch Competition is a signature event that attracts strong and established Latina small businesses for an opportunity to be promoted in main media in the region,” Baumann said. “We only require that the businesses are Latina-owned –solely or with a 50% partnership, they have to be in business for at least one year and they have to have a product or service in hand,” she explained.

Yenny Espinal pitch competitionThe event will take place at the Culinary Conference Center, 161 NewKirk St, Jersey City, NJ 07306 on November 8 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm. Validated parking for exhibitors, vendors and those who purchase a Full Event Ticket will be available at 140 Sip Ave Jersey City, NJ, across the street from the Culinary Conference Center.


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