Drawing inspiration from an editorial feature in LATINA's April issue dedicated
to launching your own company, LATINA partnered with Bank of America to host a
small business seminar. Entitled "Uncover Your Potential," the
event aimed to encourage future Latina entrepreneurs to join the growing number
of Latinas running their own companies.
Held at The Biltmore in Coral Gables, Florida, the event included special participation from the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which provides business information, training, and technical assistance for small businesses.
The event included an interactive panel discussion with local Latina business owners sharing their own success stories to inspire future Latina entrepreneurs to join the ranks of the already 700,000+ Latinas who currently own their own businesses.
The distinguished panelists included Irela Bague, President/Owner, Bague Group; Maggie Binmelis, President, MBG Interior Design; Vivian Quiroga, CEO, Jimmy Quiroga Jewelers; and Victoria Villalba, President, Victoria and Associates Career Services.
During the hour-long discussion, attendees had the opportunity to hear firsthand how the panelists have been able to succeed as small business owners, as well as glean advice on how to launch their own startup.
Immediately following the talk, attendees had the chance to speak one-on-one with the panelists to ask additional questions and learn more about their small business experiences.
In addition to the informative panel, attendees had the opportunity to meet representatives from local organizations dedicated to helping people realize their small business dreams. Participating organizations at the special expo included: The University of Miami's Launch Pad, Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), and Partners for Self Employment.
With the wealth of knowledge gained from LATINA and Bank of America's "Uncover Your Potential" small business seminar, the sky truly is the limit for future Latina entrepreneurs.
If you're interested in launching your own company—but didn't get to attend the event—don't despair! Here's a list of organizations that may help you realize your entrepreneurial dreams.
National Association of Women Business Owners
Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
"Counselors to America's Small Business"
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Small Business Administration
If you're one of the millions of people who own or are interested in starting a small business, Bank of America can help by providing the tools, support and expertise to realize your own vision of entrepreneurial success. For more information, please visit www.bankofamerica.com/smallbusiness or your local Bank of America banking center.
LATINA and Bank of America would like to extend a special thank you to our four distinguished panelists, as well as the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for an informative and educational event.