Stephanie Chung


Google, AEG, El Clasificado Hispanic Media, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Team Up to Empower Latina Entrepreneurs & Small Business

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (September 29, 2014) – The Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce & The Latino Coalition proudly presents “The Latina Procurement and Small Business Summit” on October 9, 2014. The conference will feature the opinions of senior directors in government and top-ranked executives in Latin-based commerce. Gilbert Vasquez, Chairman of LALCC, states that “The next economic boom is coming and we are preparing members to seize this opportunity.”

The conference will consist of four panels: Digital To-Do List – “Industry Experts Discuss Online Strategies to Help Grow Your Small Business”, Procurement/ Supplier Diversity – “Key Strategies for Accessing Corporate and Government Contracts”, Energy – “The Next Economic Boom: Opportunities and Challenges Facing the Latino Community”, and Regulation –“Strategies for Navigating Current Economic Environment.” “Latinas are the driving force behind Latino purchasing power and outpace men in opening new businesses. They are a force to be reckoned with,” says Theresa Martinez, CEO, Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce.

Highlighting this years list of speakers are Ibi Fleming, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Herbalife; Pamela Gibbs, Securities & Exchange Commission’s Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion; Anna Caballero, the Secretary of the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency; and Maria Salinas, Chairwoman of ProAmerica Bank. The presentations will cover topics such as: Latina Purchasing Power, Fire Side Chats with Latina CEOs and Business Matchmaking Interviews.

“Small business has always been and continues to be the backbone of the American economy,” says Hector Barreto, Chairman of The Latino Coalition and former US Small Business Administrator. “They not only employ half of all private-sector employees, but represent two-thirds of the net new jobs created in this nation. The Latina Procurement and Small Business Summit will showcase this spirit of entrepreneurship and provide small businesses with the tools to continue succeeding— capital, capacity and contracts.”

The conference provides a platform for exploring the opportunities facing the community and the nation in the current economic environment. Major sponsors and partners of the conference are Google, AEG, El Clasificado Hispanic Media and The Metropolitan Water District of Southern.

Registration for the conference will start at 8:00am and the conference will start at 9:00am at the City Club Los Angeles, 555 Flower Street, 51/F, Los Angeles, CA, 90071. Following the presentations and workshops, New York Life will be hosting a reception from 2pm-5pm. For more information on the conference, registration, and event agenda, please visit

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About the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce
The Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce (LALCC) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization and a 501(c)(6) trade group corporation as designated by the IRS in October 2008. The purpose of LALCC is to organize and unify Latino business owners to: (1) Advocate for all businesses on a regional, statewide, and national basis. (2) Provide valuable and permanent member services for the improvement and success of their businesses. (3) Generate increased levels of business from outside the Latino community. (4) Provide overall leadership on relevant business issues as well as community economic development issues. (5) generate increased levels of business between members. Visit:

About The Latino Coalition
The Latino Coalition (TLC) was founded in 1995 by a group of Hispanic business owners from across the country to research and develop policies relevant to Latinos. TLC is a non-profit nationwide organization based in California, with offices in Washington, D.C. and Guadalajara, Mexico. TLC was established to address policy issues that directly affect the well-being of Hispanics in the United States. TLC’s agenda is to develop initiatives and partnerships that will foster economic equivalency and enhance overall business, economic, and social development of Latinos. Visit:



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