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  • Thu, October 05, 2017 11:28 AM | Sandra Arreola (Administrator)

    The conference will feature leading business management speakers and a contracts certification workshop to help attendees bid on lucrative corporate and public contracts

    WHO/ WHAT          
    With the number of Latina-owned businesses more than doubling in California since 2007, the National Latina Business Women’s Association-Inland Empire will host it’s first-ever, “Latinas in Business: The Conference,” to help Latina entrepreneurs and other small businesses grow their enterprises. The conference will feature an inspirational keynote address by Dr. Betty Uribe, Executive Vice of President of California Bank & Trust, and one of American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking, and the author of #Values: The Secret to Top-Level Performance in Business & Life. In addition, inspirational speaker, Sonia Morffi – Founder/CEO of Radio Latino Inc., and a tech entrepreneur, will speak on helping individuals overcome adversity while chasing their professional dreams.

    The conference will also feature a seminar about personal branding in the digital age, peer-to-peer networking opportunities, as well as a “Hands-on Women Owned and Small Business Certification Process,” to help attendees to learn how they can bid on lucrative corporate, public and utility contracts. The State of California General Services Dept., the state Public Utilities Commission the Metropolitan Water District and the Women’s Business Enterprise Council-West will be providing information and answering questions.

    Goldy S. Lewis Community Center Central Park, 11200 Baseline Road, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701

    Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017                 
    8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    A 2017 study commissioned by HOPE revealed that the number of Latina-owned businesses in California has increased by 111 percent since 2007. Among its policy recommendations, the study called on “government and corporations should increase their investment in Latina small businesses through substantial and sustainable public and private contracts.” According to the study, there were 433,300 Latina-owned business in 2016 in the state alone. The U.S. Small Business Administration reports that 3.8 million small businesses, generally those with less than 500 employees, are doing business in California.

    Chuck Sifuentes
    (626) 283-8081

    For full event details visit: https://nlbwa-ie.com/event-2668639

  • Fri, June 09, 2017 7:28 PM | Sandra Arreola (Administrator)

    Advocate for women in business helps them start and grow, leveraging partners for entrepreneurial support

    SANTA ANA, Calif. - The U.S. Small Business Administration, Santa Ana District Office has selected Maria Molina Solano as the 2017 Women in Business Champion of the Year. Solano resides in Rialto,

    CA and was nominated for this award by Evelin Martinez, Area President at Wells Fargo Bank in Corona, CA and Rossina Gallegos, Director and Foundation Officer, Union Bank.

    Solano has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years, advocating and developing programs to help small businesses start and grow. Solano is passionate about supporting minority, women and veteran small business owners. She leverages and partners with large corporations to recruit funds to support various entrepreneur programs. Her efforts and work focuses on financial education programs, access to capital and procurement opportunities.

    Solano’s successes include the development of the Latin Business Association Institute (LBAI), a grass roots organization that serves as an advocate for Latino businesses. Solano helped in securing funding via contracts and access to capital for the Latino business community.

    As an advocate for the interests of small businesses, Solano has served in different organizations including the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Unified School District Procurement Advisory Board. She also chaired the Transportation Board Advisory Committee for the Los Angeles County MTA and served as an Advisory Board member focusing on procurement and access to capital for the Women’s Transportation Coalition.

    Solano is currently the Executive Director of the National Latina Business Women Association, Inland Empire chapter. The organization’s mission, to empower Latinas to develop their business and professional goals through education and collaboration, is a mission she takes to heart. Her diverse and well-rounded professional background, with more than 20 years in the banking industry, is well suited to services the organization provides such as training in financial literacy, leadership development, procurement opportunities and others.

    As busy as she is, Solano still finds time to volunteer in the community. She serves as Ambassador for the American Red Cross and as an education volunteer for the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Maria Molina Solano will be recognized and receive her award as 2017 Women in Business Champion of the Year at the local Small Business Week Awards program which will be held Friday, June 9, 2017 from10:30 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m. at the Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom. The event is being hosted by the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. For more information on the event or to register, email events@ochcc.com or call 714.953.4289.

    About Small Business Week

    Every year since 1963, the President of the United States has issued a proclamation announcing NationalSmall Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. As part of National Small Business Week, the agency takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners and others at local events around the country. Every day, these individuals are working to grow small businesses, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness. For more information, please visit http://www.sba.gov/nsbw/nsbw.

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