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Click on any picture to see wonderful moments of the 2014 Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Awards Luncheon!

Latinas in SM something to talk about at SHCCNJ

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24th Annual Convention and Awards Luncheon SHCCNJ

An attendance of over 350 business people and more than 70 exhibitors made the 24th Annual Convention and Awards Luncheon of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ) once again a great success.

A full day of activities, workshops and exhibit expo included the presence of Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, who talked to the needs of Hispanic businesses in New Jersey in a friendly and open address. “I will give you my cell number so you can call me and tell me how we can help you. You pay for it so you better take advantage of it,” she said to a cheering business audience.

She also announced that The Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development (CHPRD) recently approved a $85,000 grant for the SHCCNJ to provide technical assistance to small businesses in New Jersey.

Carlos Medina, President of the SHCCNJ, enhanced the economic power of Latinos in the Garden State. “We have 70K registered Latino businesses in New Jersey contributing 10 billion to the economy. We must acknowledge that Hispanic businesses continue to grow even during the last Great Recession, creating jobs and opportunities for millions of families and communities in the country,” he said.

Business Advocate of the Year Michellene Davis , Barnabas Healthcare System

Business Advocate of the Year Michellene Davis , Barnabas Healthcare System

Latina Trailblazer of the Year Vanessa Deleon, VDA Designs

Latina Trailblazer of the Year Vanessa Deleon, VDA Designs

Awardees for this year Annual Convention included Business Advocate of the Year Michellene Davis , Barnabas Healthcare System; Latina Trailblazer of the Year Vanessa Deleon, VDA Designs, Healthcare Advocate of the Year James R. Gonzalez, University Hospital; Businesswoman of the Year Hipatia Lopez, H.L. Unico LLC; Legislator of the Year Hon. Vincent Prieto, Speaker of the General Assembly; Attorney of the Year Anna Maria Tejada, Kaufman, Dolowich, Voluck; Business of the Year Carlos & Constance Vega, Jersey Italian Gravy, LLC; and Restaurant of the Year Juan Zaldivar, Lola Latin Bistro.

The highlight of the day was, however, the Latinas in Social Media panel, a team of six thought-provoking Latinas in business with a combined direct following of over 18K and hundreds of thousands of indirect followers. Reina Valenzuela, CEO Starfish Global; Jazlyn Carvajal, Latinas in STEM; Claudia Krusch, trendylatina.com; Barbara Trujillo Gomez , B&B Fit, LLC; Hipatia Lopez, H.L. Unico LLC; and Susana G Baumann, Director

; Attorney of the Year Anna Maria Tejada, Kaufman, Dolowich,

; Attorney of the Year Anna Maria Tejada, Kaufman, Dolowich, Voluck

Businesswoman of the Year Hipatia Lopez, H.L. Unico LLC

Businesswoman of the Year Hipatia Lopez, H.L. Unico LLC

LCSWorldwide and Editor-in-Chief LatinasInBusiness.us, provided an eager to learn audience some strategies, tips and guidance to grow their businesses through social media. The panel also invited the public to follow the presenters with their Twitter handles and grow their own following.

During the panel, SHCCNJ Board Member Luis O De la Hoz spoke to the audience about the importance of attending this type of events. “You have to show up! All of you that are here have now made contact with these wonderful Latinas in Social Media who will help you grow your business. Those who are not here have missed this great opportunity to network and meet people who would benefit their businesses,” he said.

Carlos Medina was grateful for this year great success, “Thank you all for making both the panel and the entire event such a success. I certainly felt a little extra energy and love in the room this year and many attendees expressed the same ‘vibe.’”

In case you missed the panel, here are the panelists Twitter handles:

Business of the Year Carlos & Constance Vega,

Business of the Year Carlos & Constance Vega, Jersey Italian Gravy, LLC

Moderator Claudia Krusch @ckrusch www.trendylatina.com

Panelist Susana G Baumann @sbaumann342 @LIBizus, latinasinbusiness.us/

Panelist Jazlyn Carvajal @LatinasinSTEM @jazcar03, latinasinstem.com

Panelist Hipatia Lopez @EmpanadaFork, empanadafork.com

Panelist Barbara Trujillo-Gomez @BarbaraTGomez, bandbfit.com

Panelist Reina Valenzuela @Soylamar, starfishglobal.com

Organizer Luis O De la Hoz @LuisODLH @FNHCNJ www.latinosmallbusinessowner.com

Latina Entrepreneurs in Social Media Panel (L to R) R. Valenzuela, J.Carvajal, SG Baumann, C. Krush, B. Gomez-Trujillo, H. Lopez

Latina Entrepreneurs in Social Media Panel (L to R) R. Valenzuela, J.Carvajal, SG Baumann, C. Krusch, B. Trujillo Gomez, H. Lopez

Lt. Gov Kim Guadagno at Choose NJ

LIBizus and SHCCNJ at Choose NJ

Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno received a cheering business crowd at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster Township, NJ, gathered to advance the initiative Choose New Jersey, an independently-funded and operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation created to promote the Garden State as a place to invest and do business.

Left top to right bottom: Luis O De la Hoz, Susana G Baumann, Carlos Medina, Liv Medina

Left top to right bottom: Luis O De la Hoz, Susana G Baumann, Carlos Medina, Liv Medina

President of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ) Carlos Medina, chamber member of the board and SVP The Intersect Fund Luis O De la Hoz, and LatinasInBusiness.us (LIBizus) Editor-in-Chief Susana G Baumann were among the invitees.

. A similar program is being run in New York State by Governor Cuomo. The programs are based on tax incentive programs to businesses in the short and medium terms.

Guadagno thanked Choose NJ CEO Tracye McDaniel, board members and supporters for their efforts to advance the organization’s mission to encourage and nurture economic growth throughout New Jersey, which has also included backing Governor Chris Christie’s international travels to promote business attraction and relocation into the Garden State.

In fact, Christie recently traveled for a trade mission to Mexico with a delegation that included the head of New Jersey’s Economic Development Authority, a former U.S. ambassador to Brazil, and executives from major local corporations. The three-day trip was billed as a trade mission to Choose New Jersey that also paid for his first international mission to Israel in 2012.

Lt Gov Guadagno at Choose New Jersey/Rocking Start Trump National Golf Club

Lt Gov Guadagno at Choose New Jersey/Rocking Start Trump National Golf Club

About Choose New Jersey

Founded in 2010, Choose New Jersey is a part of the New Jersey Partnership for Action (PFA), the state’s award-winning economic development organization. Led by Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno, the PFA is a public-private approach to economic development and includes four elements:  the Business Action Center, New Jersey Economic Development Authority, the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education, and Choose New Jersey. The Partnership serves as the starting point for all initiatives, policies and efforts related to growing New Jersey’s economy and creating quality, sustainable jobs.