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speakers at the Latina SmallBiz Expo

Relevant speakers at the Latina SmallBiz Expo hosted by NJIT

Speakers at the Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch your Business to the Media Competition include Aisha Glover, President and CEO, Newark Community EDC; Karen Cahn, Founder and CEO, IFundWomen; Luis O De la Hoz, Vice President, Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey; Enrique Tarazona, Small Business Division at Bank of America; and Bellaria Jimenez, President of MassMutual TriState.

speakers at the Latina SmallBiz Expo

(L to R) Enrique Tarazona, Bank of America; Aisha Glover, NCEDC; Karen Cahn, IFundWomen; Luis O De La Hoz, SHCCNJ; Bellaria Jimenez, MassMutual TriState.

LatinasinBusiness.us has announced relevant speakers at the Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch your Biz to the Media Competition. The event will take place at the NJIT Campus Center Atrium, 150 Bleeker St, Newark, NJ 07102, on November 9 from 4:00pm to 9:00pm. Free parking will be available for all attendees at NJIT Garage located at 154 Summit Street.

“We are honored and humbled for the relevance of the speakers who have agreed to be part of our Latina SmallBiz Expo and Pitch Competition this year,” said Susana G Baumann, Editor-in-Chief, LatinasinBusiness.us. “Their support means a great recognition for the labor of love we extend to all Latinas in business and the workplace,” she added.

Senator Cory Booker has provided a video message to welcome guests of the Expo. Additionally, the Senator’s staff will be on hand at an outreach table to offer attendees with general information about the federal services they offer, and efforts to assist fellow Americans victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Opening remarks for the Latina SmallBiz Expo will be addressed by Enrique Tarazona, Small Business Divisional Sales Performance Manager responsible for the North East Division at Bank of America, the event’s Presenting Sponsor. Enrique leads six Small Business Banking Managers with over 90 associates.

speakers at Latina SmallBiz Expo

Senator Cory A Booker provided a video message to welcome guests of the Expo.

Welcoming attendees to the City of Newark will be Aisha Glover, President and CEO of the Newark Community EDC. Aisha leads NCEDC as the City of Newark’s economic catalyst that strengths small businesses, supports a thriving entrepreneurial base and attracts businesses in emerging markets. Ms. Glover has over 15 years of experience as a convener, champion and agent for economic empowerment and social justice.

She will introduce the event’s Guest Speaker, Karen Cahn, Founder and CEO of iFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform for women-led startups and small businesses. “My personal brand is all about helping women with the funding they need to get their businesses off the ground,” Karen said. She will also staff a table at the Latina SmallBizExpo to start applications for crowdfunding campaigns for all women entrepreneurs, philanthropists, or vocational artists who are seeking funding for their projects.

You might be interested: 2017 Latina SmallBiz Expo & Pitch Competition hosted at NJIT

Opening the Pitch your Business to the Media Competition will be Luis O De La Hoz, VP of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ) and member of the Editorial Advisory Board at LatinasinBusiness.us. De La Hoz works tirelessly to help his fellow Hispanic entrepreneurs and has received numerous awards, such as the Business Advocate of the Year Award in 2012, a distinction for corporate and government advocates who have contributed to and demonstrated exemplary excellence and leadership in business.

De La Hoz will introduce the event’s Keynote Speaker, Bellaria Jimenez. CFP®, MBA, ChFC, President of MassMutual TriState, and Latina Leadership Sponsor.  A Latina leader in her own right, Bellaria have been working since 1995 with women and the Latino community providing education about the importance of financial planning. “My passion has been to attract, train and develop women and Hispanic advisors to help them reach their full potential,” Bellaria told LatinainBusiness.us.

For information and to register or to participate in the Pitch your Business to the Media Competition, please visit Latina SmallBiz Expo ( https://latinasbizexpo.eventbrite.com/)

For sponsorship and promotional opportunities, please contact Susana@latinasinbusiness.us/ or call 848 238 6090.

HETP classes Hispanic entrepreneurs offered by SHCCNJ

The NJ Hispanic Chamber of Commerce opens doors for Hispanic entrepreneurs

The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey offers opportunities to startups as well as established Hispanic entrepreneurs looking to expand through their Hispanic Entrepreneur Training program (HETP).

HETP classes Hispanic entrepreneurs offered by SHCCNJ

HETP classes Hispanic entrepreneurs offered by SHCCNJ

“The mission of the HETP is to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate business education and mentorship services to Hispanic small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs,” said Luis O De la Hoz, Vice Chairman of the chamber. “These services are provided for free to all aspiring or established entrepreneurs.”

This year, according to De La Hoz, the program has been divided into two tracks to allow better gathering of the information provided. “We used to have startups and established businesses together but we realized that questions and concerns were different for both type of Hispanic entrepreneurs,” he said.

Based on the last year’s program experience, the chamber gathered a great amount of information of the Hispanic entrepreneurs needs, including a structured business plan, resources and “a taste of reality.”

2016 Best Business Awards

Luis O De La Hoz. Vice Chair of the SHCCNJ and LatinasinBusiness.us Padrino

“While established businesses demand information about resources and access to capital, mentorship or resources for growth in new markets, new ideas need to be analyzed in order to determine their sustainability,” De la Hoz shared. “It is a taste of reality for startups that goes beyond the enthusiasm of a business idea and proves it possible.”

This year, instructors are also different for both tracks and the curriculum will have a different knowledge level.

The Statewide Hispanic Chamber is committed to offer New Jersey’s over 80,000 Hispanic entrepreneurs and small businesses an appropriate support system to help them flourish.

“It is the concept of ‘familia’ that will allow our community to grow together, and sustain real growth,” De la Hoz said.  “Our goal is to provide access, opportunity and meaningful mentorship/coaching for all our community so that we guarantee them a fair starting point to become successful,” he concluded.

Track description of the HEPT Program for Hispanic entrepreneurs

Make Your Idea a Sustainable Business

20-25 participants in an ideation phase will be instructed during a 60-hour course.  During such time, a newly developed curriculum with workbooks for all participants shall provide the framework for the creation of individual business plans.  From soft skill development, business writing and networking platforms, participants will not only have completed a comprehensive business plan upon graduation, but also have fundamental business skills not usually offered in a classroom experience.

Classes will commence March 11, 2017, and shall be held every Saturday (12 weeks) from 9AM – 1PM at The Culinary Conference Center at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City.

Participants shall be selected on a rolling basis until February 24, 2016.

Grow Your Existing Business

This course shall consist of 20-30 participants that have previously completed a SHCCNJ HETP course and/or SHCCNJ small business members that want to expand their business platforms. Bilingual subject-matter experts will lead participants through 11 workshops on a variety of topics critical to establishing and strengthening a business. Participants will be paired with coaches for a 12-week period. Also, all will be granted access to shared office space at FUSE Bergen Community College Regional Accelerator.

​Program will commence March 14, 2017, and will be held on Tuesdays from 5PM – 7PM at FUSE in Lyndhurst. Participants and coaches shall schedule meetings based on their availability.

Participants shall be selected on a rolling basis until February 24, 2016.

Latina entrepreneurs

Latina entrepreneurs shine at LatinasinBusiness.us Best Business Awards

Our Latina entrepreneurs Hipatia Lopez, Jennagloria Pacheco, Nelly Reyes, Maggie Mondragon Cassera, Lu Camarena Meshulam and Luvia Susana Salazar were the bright spot of the amazing LatinasinBusiness.us Best Business Awards at Son Cubano in West New York.

Latina entrepreneurs

Despite pouring rain, 72 of the 104 registered guests showed up to support and cheer for our amazing Business Pitch competitors. Thanks to our Media Panel, Vicky Llerena, Social Vibes Media; Sylvia Jauregui, Jersey Bound Latino; Angel Vazquez Rivera, Univision Communications, and Lili Gil Valetta, Dreamers Ventures.

Thanks to our sponsors including Gold Sponsor Wells Fargo, Silver Sponsor Marketing Out the Box, Bronze Sponsors Herbalife Nutrition and Access Latina, and all our Supporters that shared this beautiful event with us!

Our friends at Son Cubano -gracias Eddy Duran- for your support to our Latina entrepreneurs! And many more events!

To our Awardees, Luis O De la Hoz, Cristina Abreu, Shop con Calma, Rosa M Mollo, and Carolina E Robles, thank you for your constant support and great exposure to our platform!

To all people who contributed to make this event a bright night: Marcela Zuchoviki, Trinidad de la Rosa, Wendy C Perez, our MC, Jason Furbert and Luciano Catelli, our techie guys, volunteers Juan Carlos Grajeda, Meej Chaparro-Traverso, Tula Alcocer and Adriana Penagos. Without you, our event would not have been this success!

Thanks to all for their support and participation!

 

 

LatinasinBusiness.us announces its 2016 Best Business Awards

We will Live Stream the LatinasinBusiness.us 2016 Best Business Awards on our Facebook Page: LatinasinBusiness.us on November 29 starting at 7:30 pm. Watch the competition and the final awards ceremony! This is an event you cannot miss!

LatinasinBusiness.us, the digital platform that advocates for Latina entrepreneurs, is announcing the 2016 Best Business Awards winners!

 

At LatinasinBusiness.us, we feel so blessed and grateful and truly excited for the response and support we are having in our first solo event! It is hard to provide all the details in just one post!  Supporters are showing up and our Latinas have responded with incredible gestures of cooperation and presence. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

We want also to recognize all the people who made a mark in our publication during this year 2016. Without them, our work would have been almost impossible. Here are the winners of the 2016 Best Business Awards:

 

Life Time Supporter

2016 Best Business Awards

Luis O De La Hoz

Luis O De la Hoz, Vice Chairman @SHCCNJ Vice President @IntersectFund Chair #FNHCNJ Top Digital Influencer #Latism2016

In his own words, “I help non-for-profit organizations in how to reach the Latino Small Business Owner market. Latino business owners prefer an advisor who is specifically trained or certified in helping small businesses, speaks their language of preference and is involved in the community.”

In addition to being a “Padrino” in our Editorial Advisory Board, Luis has been a constant supporter and an invaluable friend of our platform. In fact, Luis has been with LatinasinBusiness.us since its inception, encouraging our initiative and being part of its mission. Nobody deserves a place at the 2016 Best Business Awards more than Luis!
Gracias siempre!

 

Read this story: Madrinas and Padrinos Editorial Advisory Board

 

Most Read Story – Original feature

Deborah Aguiar-Velez, empowering Latinas

Deborah Aguiar-Velez,

Deborah Aguiar-Velez, founder, president and owner of Sistemas Corporation

Back in July of this year, Cristina Abreu, a team member at Nielsen, contacted us to offer a feature contribution. She believed Deborah was more than deserving of a national recognition for her leadership role in advocating for Latina entrepreneurs and their important place in our economy. They met at the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI). In their first weekend together, strangers became sisters – hermanas.

An accomplished engineer and businesswoman, Deborah was nationally recognized for innovative leadership in the areas of entrepreneurship, technical development and public service. She was also a member of the 2013 HITEC 100, which is a list of the top 100 most influential and notable Hispanic Professionals in the Information Technology Industry.

 

Read this story: Deborah Aguiar-Velez empowering Latinas toward financial independence

Most Shared on Social Media Story – Original feature

Matilsha Marxuach, AccessLatina finalist

Matilsha Marxuach, AccessLatina finalist

 

Shop con Calma, Matilsha Marxuach, Founder and Designer

Matilsha Marxuach is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, who has made a name for herself. With a background in Design and Fashion, Matilsha has been on a dual mission- promoting her creations while generating employment for others.

Located away from the posh hotels selling purses and bags at exorbitant prices, Matilsha’s Concalma store has bags that can match any budget. In addition, her bags are environmentally friendly and look immaculate. The artistic bags are made of cotton with nylon liners and all the fabric is exclusively acquired from Puerto Rico suppliers.

 

Read this story: Latina entrepreneur brings best crafts of Puerto Rico to fair trade designs

 

Most Read Contributor – Original feature

Rosa M Mollo, Intercultural Communications coach and Change Facilitator

Rosa M Mollo

Rosa M Mollo, Intercultural Communications Coach and Change Facilitator

Rosa is a communications therapist known for her core “3 Cs,” the tripod of her passions: Communications, Culture, and Change. These areas of expertise are the culmination of over twenty years of international experience as a foreign affairs correspondent, key manager positions as News Bureau Chief in the US, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East, and a strong history embodying change as a positive catalyst for operational efficiency. Before moving to the US, she was one of the most trusted and influential voices of TVE, the Public Spanish Broadcasting Corporation.

 

 

 

Read this story:  Latinas brand identity and the power of your Hispanic accent

Rising Leader

Carolina Robles New Yrok Life

Carolina E Robles

Carolina E Robles, Director of Recruiting at New York Life Insurance Company; Founder, L.I.F.T (Leaders Initiative for Tomorrow) Empowering Lives

At only 26 years of age, Carolina Robles obtained a position as the Director of Recruiting Prospecting and Developing Talent at New York Life Insurance Company, managing talent acquisition for all the offices in the state of New Jersey. She recruits entrepreneurial candidates who are interested in a career in Insurance and Financial Services.

She launched L.I.F.T (Leaders Initiative for Tomorrow) Empowering Lives, a new personal initiative to lead and empower passionate individuals and help them reach their full potential while inspiring them to create leadership opportunities for young professionals.

She was fortunate to invite a co-founder, Wendy Perez, and two wonderful professionals that added tremendous value to her team. Thanks to her vision, LIFT Empowering Lives is a 501 (c3) organization with the mission to bring awareness to new leaders for a better tomorrow.

 

Read this story: Carolina Robles a leadership rising star on getting out of your comfort zone

Best Business Pitch – Winner of the LatinasinBusiness.us Pitch your Business competition

LatinasinBusiness.us 2016 Best Business AwardsOur annual event will include a Pitch your Business to Media Competition, a fantastic opportunity for only six Latina business owners who would present their products or services in front of a Panel of Media Experts and compete for the opportunity to become the 2016 LatinasinBusiness.us Best Business Pitch winner. See who they are and be there to cheer for them!

Read their stories: LatinasinBusiness.us announces its Pitch your Business competition

 

2016 Best Business Awards sold out almost 2 weeks in advance!

We are very excited, as I said, for the support and interest we received in our first solo event. We sold out almost two weeks in advance but do not worry if you were not able to find a ticket!

We will Live Stream the LatinasinBusiness.us 2016 Best Business Awards on our Facebook Page: LatinasinBusiness.us on November 29 starting at 7:30 pm. Watch the competition and the final awards ceremony! This is an event you cannot miss!

 

Ribbon cutting ceremony

SHCCNJ raises the bar at 25th Annual Convention and Awards (photo gallery)

Once again, the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey held its 25th Annual Convention and Expo on October 16 at The Brownstone in Paterson NJ.

Alborada Spanish Dance Theater at the Feria de Negocios Hispanos de Central New Jersey

Join the Alborada Spanish Dance Theater for its 20th Anniversary Concert

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Alborada Spanish Dance Theater at the Feria de Negocios Hispanos de Central New Jersey

Alborada Spanish Dance Theater at the Feria de Negocios Hispanos de Central New Jersey

Join the Alborada Spanish Dance Theatre in New Jersey to celebrate its 20th Anniversary with a concert taking place on Friday, September 25 at 7:30 at the Crossroads Theatre, 7 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick.

Eva Lucena, Executive Director (ED) and Artistic Director (AD), is a principal dancer, choreographer, well-known dance historian, and teacher. She has developed and staged many new full-stage dance productions for Alborada, which provides work for NJ-based artists as well as performers in the greater Tri-State area. She choreographs and trains the ensemble, and runs the business side of the company.

Alborada’s ED has led the non-profit organization since its incorporation in 1995. Eva’s personal and artistic career travels the world and across numerous ways of expression including spending her formative years among the Gypsies in the caves of Sacromonte in Granada, being a collaborating choreographer and soloist for The Sebastian Castro Dance Company in New York, and the principal dancer for the Spanish Dance Theatre, formerly The María Alba Spanish Dance Company also in the Big Apple.

“The ‘María Alba Spanish Dance Theatre’ was the predecessor to Alborada and an integral part of the summer concerts at Jacobs Pillow in the 60’s and 70’s. María Alba was known to many aficionados as being the greatest exponent of the seguiriya and many other Spanish dance drama pieces including “Yerma” – a Garcia Lorca drama –, and the “Colombian Suite,” Claudia explains.

In 1979, the company was revitalized under the direction of María and Eva Lucena; the latter brought in a group of extraordinary new dancers and choreographers, including “Victorio” –Eva’s partner for many years. Eva and María – who passed away in 1992 –, strongly believed in bringing a broad perspective of Spanish culture and traditions to the community.

Alborada has a unique niche in that it explores the rich diversity and complexity of Spain’s interactions with other world cultures. Along the history of the Iberian Peninsula, the region has received influences from a number of traditions including Indian, Jewish, Latin American, Arabic, African-American, and Irish cultures. Their group productions include worldwide dancers, performers and musicians.

The concert promises to be an intoxicating tour of passion, art and performance by the talented members of the group. For tickets or more information, visit AlboradaDance.org.

Save the Date SHCCNJ Annual Convention

SAVE THE DATE SHCCNJ 25th Annual Convention & Awards Luncheon

The Brownstone reception hall

The Brownstone reception hall

We encourage you to take advantage of the many exciting opportunities to learn the tools and skills that business owners, entrepreneurs, and individuals need to be successful, especially in these economic times. As always, participants can choose from a selection of workshops and also take advantage of the numerous opportunities for career development and networking. You will hear from experts in the business community who will provide their valued insights.

Date: October 16, 2015

Click here to register: https://shccnj25thconvention.eventbrite.com

Phone: 973-900-5886

Email: chamber@shccnj.org

Website: www.shccnj.org

Venue: The Brownstone

351 West Broadway, Paterson, NJ 07522 United States

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The Brownstone greenhouse

The Brownstone greenhouse

Agenda

7:00 AM  Exhibit Set-up

8:00 AM   Registration & Complimentary Breakfast

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM  Opening Reception –Celebrating 26 years of service!

Join government officials, corporate leaders and diplomats in the excitement and enthusiasm as we open the Annual Convention and Expo and celebrate the Chamber’s 26 years of service. Explore the many varied products and services on display by over 60 Exhibitors. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to make new business contacts, explore new business opportunities and cultivate relationships with the fast growing Hispanic Business community!

9:00AM – 4:00 PM  Expo / Convention

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM  Workshops

Start or expand your business! Take advantage of an opportunity for meetings and learn about valuable resources available for your business.

12:30PM – 2:30 PM  Awards Luncheon*

Be part of this innovative international event! Socialize with New Jersey’s public officials and international diplomats. Learn about New Jersey’s future in International Markets. The atmosphere will be electrifying! Meet corporate representatives and market your organization. Discover the future, Join us!

*Please note that this is a ticketed portion of the event. Tickets are $85/person and must be purchased in advance.*

Click here to view information about Sponsorships and Exhibit Booths.

You may register online by clicking here.

For more information, please contact our office at 973-900-5886 or chamber@shccnj.org.

 

 

Idania Woof Woof outside with dogs

Woof Woof Wouse barking loud at the #HispanicBusinessExpo2015

Idania with Bono on the Woof Woof Wouse Floor

Idania with Bono on the Woof Woof Wouse Floor

 

My total idol and sexiest Latino on earth –my take! – Marc Anthony –yes, I have a heart! – has been popular for saying “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Idania Escudero took this approach back in 2007 when she decided that caring for dogs and other pets was her call. The result? Woof Woof Wouse, a full-service dog hotel located in Cliffside Park, New Jersey.

“Our company offers day care, overnight and extended stay services for dogs of all breeds and sizes. This is not a typical kennel service because taking care of dogs is what we truly love to do,” said Idania to LIBizus.

With the dog care services they offer, Idania and Dayron Rendon, her Woof Woof partner, assure pet owners their dogs will never have to go into a kennel again.

Idania with Blu at Woof Woof

Idania with Blu at Woof Woof

“What sets us apart from other similar services is that we understand the stress that pets goes thru every time they need to stay in a new place. We minimize that stress by providing our dogs with a home environment. Pets are not kept in cages or restrained from roaming around. We offer lots of love in a big home with a backyard to play in. Because your pooch needs all our attention and care, we have limited capacity so planning your reservation with time is highly encouraged,” Idania said.

Idania, a veterinarian assistant and Dayron, a pet behavioral specialist, offer the most complete array of services for owners who are concerned about the well-being of their beloved creatures.

“Once a pet owner contact us for some type of stay –day care, overnight or extended–, we ‘meet and greet’ the pet to see the type of chemistry she or he has with Idania and I. We receive them in Woof Woof Wouse four-story home and large backyard where they can acclimate and become familiar with other pets,” Dayron explained.

In addition to a cage-free stay, Woof Woof Wouse offers veterinarian services in case the pet needs either emergency care or is on some sort of long term treatment; behavioral rehabilitation for those with separation anxiety or other sort of stressful behavior, and reinforcement of socialization habits among other dogs.

Idania Woof Woof outside with dogs

Idania at Woof Woof Wouse backyard with dogs

“Because this is a home environment, we do not have cameras for owners to monitor their loved ones but we do have an open house policy. We encourage them or any of their friends or relatives to visit their dogs at any time of day to see how they are doing and how we care for them. We also text owners pictures of their pet activities during the day so we have a close connections with all our clients,” Dayron continued.

Born in Jovellanos, Matanza, Cuba, Idania came with her parents to the USA in 1968 barely after she had blown her first candle.  She lived in Miami for 12 years but ended coming back to New Jersey to care for her aging parents. At that time, she realized she needed to combine her love for pets and a business idea that would allow her to stay at home.

Daryon holding Duke at Woof Woof

Dayron holding Duke at Woof Woof

Dayron is also of Cuban descend from Corralillo, Villa Clara, but he made it to the USA in 2004 through the visa lottery. His love for animals of all sorts made him the appropriate partner for Idania’s pet idea and Woof Woof Wouse was born.

“This year, we were lucky to meet Luis O De la Hoz, from the Hispanic Business Expo, and decided to participate in the event at the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ. We are proud of our venture and believe we need to show that Hispanos are innovative and proactive at creating businesses. This is a home business that allows us to enjoy what we love most doing and making a living,” Idania said.

The partners are already planning to franchise their business venture, and in the process of completing all legalities. The unique franchise will promote a different approach in many ways such as cage free, restrained free, chemical-free environment for maximum dog safety and happiness.

“We would like to attract a network of clients and their friends and family that not only trust us with their pets but also trust us in business,” Dayron said. “Please stop at our table at the Feria de Negocios Hispanos de Central New Jersey to inquiry about your pet’s stay and we will be happy to include you in our Woof Woof Wouse family,” Idania concluded.

 

Eliana Murillo at Hispanicize Week 2013

Eliana Murillo keynote speaker at 5th Annual Hispanic Business Expo MCRCC

Eliana Murillo at Hispanicize Week 2013

Eliana Murillo at Hispanicize Week 2013

Eliana Murillo, head of multicultural marketing at Google, Inc., will be the keynote speaker at the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce (MCRCC) 5th Annual Hispanic Business Expo – Feria de Negocios Hispanos del Centro de Nueva Jersey. The Expo will take place on Tuesday, July 21 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pines Manor, 2085 Lincoln Highway (Route 27 South) in Edison, NJ.

“We are extremely pleased that Eliana has accepted our invitation to address this year’s Hispanic Business Expo, especially because this is our fifth year organizing this event, which has grown year after year,” said Luis O De La Hoz, Chair of the Hispanic Business Council at the MCRCC. “Eliana brings her experience at Google in cross-product strategy and diversity program development designed to attract and support multicultural users and business owners,” he said.

Eliana Murillo (center) with friends Luis O De la Hoz (MCRCC), Tayde Aburto, (HECC), Carlos Medina (SHCCNJ), Frank Garcia (NYSCHC) and Reina Valenzuela.

Eliana Murillo (center) with friends Luis O De la Hoz (MCRCC), Tayde Aburto, (HECC), Carlos Medina (SHCCNJ), Frank Garcia (NYSCHC) and Reina Valenzuela.

Eliana has been very active in creating technology-based programs that support entrepreneurship, education, and civic responsibility. She started as an intern and scale her way up as a Diversity Business Development analyst, in which role she saw the need to create strategies to engage diverse small businesses.

A Harvard graduate, where she obtained a Bachelors in Sociology and Economics, she was well-known for her active participation in founding the Latino Business Connection at the Ivy League institution, and the initiator of the Latina Empowerment and Development Conference (LEAD). She also studied international business at the University of Nicosia in Cyprus.

Originally from Oxnard, California, she has been featured in several publications such as Fast Company, Fortune, CNN Money, Latina Magazine, Latin Trends, American Latino Magazine and has been awarded profusely by Poder 360° as 20 under 40 Latinos Going Places in 2013 and LatinTrends 2013 Trendsetter. Also, she was recognized in the “Top 10 More Must Follow Prolific Latinos” list on Twitter in 2012 by VistaHispano.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to meet Eliana! Please register for this FREE event.