Find the perfect holiday gift at the Latinas Are Back In Business silent auction! 

The holiday season is upon us and everyone is looking for the perfect holiday gift for loved ones. Our annual fundraiser and silent auction this year centers around the joy of giving and receiving. Thanks to our wonderful donors, we have a variety of amazing prizes available from businesses within our Latinas in Business community. 

Join us in celebrating and amplifying the voices of minority owned small businesses and entrepreneurs this holiday season! 

The free virtual event will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, December 8 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm EST –Zoom and Live streamed on Latinas in Business Facebook page, featuring special guests, celebrities and female founders. 

You won’t want to miss it! Register now! 

Bid on amazing holiday gifts and support minority owned businesses 

We shared some of the prizes available last week, and now thanks to our donors we have even more prizes to share! Find the perfect holiday gifts for your loved ones and help support minority owned businesses this holiday season. 

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A Visit to Oaxaca’s Mexico Culture and PrideSpend one week in Oaxaca as Adriana Pavon’s guest to share her mission at Mexico Culture and Pride. 

Adriana is the creator of Mexico Culture & Pride (Mexico Cultura y Orgullo), an initiative inspired by traditional Mexican textiles and fashion accessories designs who employs artisans and crafters from indigenous cultures around the country.

The trip includes: Hotel, Food, local transportation, guided visits, and unique experiences  for 7 nights. Air transportation is not included.

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1-night with New York View from Edgewater Hotel! 1-night stay certificate that includes a breakfast buffet for 2 people.

Courtyard Edgewater NYC Area is ideally situated in New Jersey along the shore of the Hudson River, just steps away from sweeping views of the iconic New York City skyline. The waterfront hotel boasting stylish decor is just a one-mile scenic ferry ride away from popular landmarks in Midtown, Time Square, and the Garment District. Stylish rooms with contemporary decor are well-equipped with plush bedding, efficient ergonomic workspaces, mini-refrigerators, and a 39-inch LED flat-screen TV. 

Stay connected throughout your journey with our complimentary Wi-Fi, premium movie channels, and a modern business center. Before ending your night, stop by The Bistro for delicious casual dining and enjoy a cocktail.

FAB Cenia NY Stretch Crepe Forest Green Dress Look Fab in this Dress by Latina designer Cenia NY for the Holidays!

Cenia New York is a revolutionary, tasteful, and sexy clothing line for women who celebrate their femininity and want to look radiant no matter what size or body type.

Designer Dress by Yas GonzalezGenesis, a dress part of the collection “Letters to Jesus” by Yas Gonzalez. 

Yas González is a fashion designer, journalist, and businesswoman of Cuban origin based in the United States.

Her company “House of Yas” has produced pieces for artists such as Alejandro Sanz, La India, Diana Fuentes or the duo Gente de Zona. She has also been in charge of making costumes for music videos for Ricky Martin, Jennifer Lopez, and Pitbull. She is recognized as the first Cuban to have presented her work at Paris Fashion Week.

Simplify your wash day with our 3-Step System! Plus a one-hour hair consult with Scarlett Rocourt, the founder of Wonder Curl & Healthy Hair Summit.  

This bundle includes: 8oz Detoxifying Clay Cleanser, 8oz Moisturizing Hair Pudding, 8oz Get Set Hair Jelly

Scarlett has been a hair enthusiast ever since she was a small child, styling everyone’s hair in her family as well as becoming the resident “hairstylist” in her college dorms. Her love of hair became a business when she founded Wonder Curl. She wanted to create hair products that worked on all textures of curly hair that simplified the styling process down to just 2-3 products. With over 11 years in the natural hair industry, having done hundreds of hair demonstrations as well as researched curly hair, she has become an expert in caring for our hair.

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Get Sweet Love for your Holiday Gifts!A beautiful basket full of delicious and amazing holiday gifts for you or someone you love!

Basket includes:

*Swarovski Earrings

*Foot lotion

*Cozy socks

*Caramel Popcorn

*Coffee mug


*Mini agenda

*A coupon for 50% off for SweetLove products

Lourdes “Lulu” Carey is the owner of SweetLove gifts, an online gift shop that personalizes anything you can think of, from wine bottles to balloons and surprise boxes. Her growing business is still new, but Lulu is proud of what she has accomplished so far and the support she has received from her community. Joe. A full-time mom and Local Consultant for Cultural Care Au Pair, Lulu decided to start her small business, SweetLove, after discovering her creative side this past year.

A Lemonade Day “Little Lemmy Curriculum” PackageThe Lemonade Day “Little Lemmy Curriculum” package is ideally suited for a church youth group, a classroom, a homeschool teacher, or a library.

Limited to no more than 50 youth participants. Includes basic program training provided by the National office.

Lemonade Day is a fun, experiential program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their very own business – a lemonade stand. Each year, in participating cities, youth have the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship by setting up their business during their city’s community-wide Lemonade Day. 

Ace your Next Job Interview with Gabby Rincon!Learn how to Connect, Communicate and Finally Ace your next Job Interview in English. 


“I’ve packaged up for you my own simple and strategic interview preparation program to guide you every step of the way. 

This is not a traditional course full of “tricks” or lists of common job interview questions. It is a transformational self-study program designed to give you the support, practice, and feedback you need.” 

You will also learn from exclusive hiring managers the exact steps you need to follow on how you can stand out from the competition, but more importantly, you’ll have a step-by-step plan that leaves nothing out and takes nothing for granted as you implement it.

The end result: You will have the strategies and tools to answer any question. You will also feel comfortable, prepared, and confident expressing yourself for your next interview in English. And your chances of getting hired will increase dramatically.

Digital Protocol and Etiquette Workshopfor 20 people – Led by Felipe Forero-Hauzeur (en español). 

This 2-hour workshop is designed for teams. Felipe goes through the key concepts explained in his book “Manual de Protocolo y Etiqueta Digital. Productividad en la Nueva Realidad Digital”.

The book can be found here: 

This workshop has been implemented with teams in companies like Ogilvy, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Unimetro, Chambers of Commerce, and the Brooklyn2Bogota Digital Transformation Community incubation program, impacting more than 500 people on their work and productivity.

Workplace Productivity and Time Management Problems with remote work and productivity? Your group to the next level!

Led by Rosario B Casas and Felipe Forero-Hauzeur (English or Spanish), this virtual workshop is for a group of up to 40 people in your workplace.

– Optimizing time management and being more productive has become a priority and a necessity; through simple methodologies and digital tools, we find help to build routines, create good habits, focus, be more productive, and thus improve your performance and at the same time, your quality of life, achieving the right balance, physical and mental health.

This workshop is a 4 hours workshop designed for teams and business leaders in every role. It results from the best practices and real experience Rosario and Felipe have. If you see what they accomplish daily and their success, you can see they work through excellence while having time for themselves. As for the last few years people used to ask them, “how you can do it without being overwhelmed” they decided to design the workshop.

A thousand entrepreneurs and business leaders benefited from the workshop and improved their use of time, productivity without the overwhelming sensation, and being happier.

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Register Now on Eventbrite and visit our auction page to participate! 

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. 

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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. 

You might be interested: Latina Leaders share small business post-Covid recovery resources 

“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.

How American Rescue Plan Act will help minority-owned small businesses recover post-COVID

The American Rescue Plan Act will help small businesses recover post-COVID by providing critical assistance to businesses across the country and delivering $50 billion in aid and relief. 

Minority-owned businesses have struggled to get small-business relief loans 

The COVID-19 pandemic brought on great financial difficulties for businesses across the nation. Small businesses were greatly affected, with women- and minority-owned small businesses hit the hardest. 

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Since last April, workers of color have faced the highest rates of pandemic-related unemployment. Data shows that Black and Latino people are now facing greater rates of unemployment than during the 2008 Great Recession. Minority-owned small businesses have also faced greater difficulties accessing capital and relief loans. 

The Paycheck Protection Program, which launched in March 2020, has now become the largest small-business support program in U.S. history, sending $734 billion in forgivable loans to struggling companies. It has helped nearly 7 million businesses stay afloat, but it has also been plagued by complex, ever-changing rules that have hindered many businesses from getting much needed relief loans. 

Many of the businesses affected by the changing rules and confusion have been minority-owned businesses. From language barriers to unfair biases, minority business owners have struggled to gain access to capital and bank loans from major banks. Many have since turned to their communities and smaller, local banks to find relief, but new changes to the program under President Biden are now pushing to funnel more money toward women- and minority-led businesses. 

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Changes to PPP and SBA loans under the American Rescue Plan 

New Funding and Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The bill includes $7.25 billion in additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and changes eligibility for the PPP, including:

  • Expanding eligibility for 501(c) nonprofits. It also makes local offices of larger nonprofits eligible for PPP assistance as long as those locations are not larger than 500 employees for first PPP loans or 300 employees for second PPP loans, expanding access to vital relief for nonprofit organizations that are critical to local services and the economy.
  • 1st PPP Draw loan deadline: on or before 31 May 2021 (businesses must have been in business from 15 Feb 2020)

PPP loans have:

  • A fixed interest rate of 1% that is non-compounding and non-adjustable
  • No requirement for collateral or personal guarantees
  • No fees or prepayment penalties
  • A 5 year maturity

New Programs per the American Rescue Plan Act

Supplemental Targeted EIDL Advance Payment: 

  • A $5 Billion fund for $5k payments to those hardest hit

Restaurant Revitalization Fund & Grants – Coming soon

  • A $28.6 billion fund for grants to eligible entities in this hard-hit industry
  • Max $5 million grant/location and aggregate max $10mil grant

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How to Apply 

If you have a small business and would like to apply for any of these SBA programs, visit to learn more about COVID-19 Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources. Under SBA’s Coronavirus Relief Options page, you can learn about how to apply for a variety of programs including: 

  1. Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) 
  2. Economic Interruption Disaster Loan (EIDL) 
  3. SBA Express Bridge Loans 
  4. SBA Debt Relief for 7(a), 504, & Microloans 
  5. Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program

Steps to finding a lender:

Need more help? Check out our other PPP resources