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National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA) Is proud to join Engage Cuba, as part of the advisory coalition group of an exciting new coalition dedicated to coalescing and mobilizing non-governmental organizations, non-profit groups, civil society organizations, citizens, businesses and associations for the purpose of supporting the ongoing U.S.-Cuba normalization process and reforming U.S.-Cuba relations. 


Export-Import Bank Financial Webinar For Minority Businesses

The National Latina Business Women Association (NLBWA) is featuring the Export-Import Bank in its first international business series VamosGlobal designed to assist small, minority and women-owned businesses with creating an overseas presence through export sales.

The financial webinar scheduled for February 23 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (PST) will concentrate on addressing the fears many businesses have when contemplating entering new and often times unknown markets. A detailed exposition of the financial tools offered by the Bank to facilitate sales and help increase businesses revenues through exports will be presented by Export-Import Bank representative. For more information contact NLWBA at 202.492.4849

Apply to Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Goldman Sacks 10000 Small Businesses

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million investment to help small businesses create jobs and economic opportunity by providing them with greater access to business education, financial capital, and business support services.

The program is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that greater access to this combination of education, capital and support services best addresses barriers to growth. 10,000 Small Businesses is funded by Goldman Sachs and The Goldman Sachs Foundation.

The program is currently operating in Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Long Beach, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, and Salt Lake City. It will continue to expand on a city-by-city basis.

Benefits for your Business:

The business owner benefits from getting a scholarship covering tuition and program materials through the support of the Goldman Sachs Foundation. In addition:

  • A practical 11-session business entrepreneurship training program that examines business fundamentals through the lens of actual business experiences
  • Comprehensive one-on-one business advisory services to help you develop and implement a business growth plan
  • Development of a personalized growth plan tailored to your business
  • Access to technical assistance and coaching
  • Graduates upon completion are part of a local and national network
The educational part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program is delivered through a carefully planned and integrated series of modules, workshops, and clinics.
Applicants must be the owner or co-owner of a business.  Typical Business Criteria:
  • Business in operation for at least two years
  • Business revenues between $150,000 and $4.0 million
  • Business with a minimum of 4 employees

To apply or for more information, please visit: www.socal10ksb.com 

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us!  We are happy to help with the application process! 


Latino Celebration Night - LA Sparks

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Confirmed Artists:

Oya Brazil – Brazilian Samba Show

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Capoeira Dance Team

Learn about Capoeira Dance


Post-Game Concert

Kiki Melendez – Host

Read about Kiki


Miguelito – Singer/Performer

Style: Pop, Reggaeton

Hit Songs: Montala, Maquinando

Read about Miguelito

Frankie J – Singer/Performer

Style: Pop

Hit Songs: Suga Suga, Obsession

Read about Frankie

Victoria Ortiz – Singer/Performer

Style: Latino

Hit Songs: Ahora May Soy Mala, Nada Que Ver

Read about Victoria


Joey Vega – Comedian

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Women of Excellence 2013

Women of Excellence | Honoring Latinas in Business Awards



On Thursday, June 27, 2013, the National Latina Business Women Association, Los Angeles Chapter will be celebrating and hosting the 10th Annual Honoring Latinas in Business: Women of Excellence Awards at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood. This year we will be recognizing a Business Woman of the Year, Corporate Leader of the Year, Inspirational Leader of the Year plus 10 Exceptional Latinas, in honor of the 10th Anniversary of our organization.

These women have distinguished themselves through outstanding leadership as corporate professionals in their industry, as entrepreneurs, in the non-profit sector, and/or through community outreach and service, including those who have made a positive impact on the community. We received over 70 nominations! We congratulate all these amazing women and will be announcing our 10 Exceptional Latinas on June 27th at the Awards Ceremony.

TODAY, we just couldn't wait to announce our Top 3 Latina Award Winners! It is with great honor that we recognize and congratulate our Business Woman of the Year, Corporate Leader of the Year, and Inspirational Leader of the Year. They have demonstrated excellence and are paving the way for many more Latinas in their industries.

Maria Contreras Sweet Lupita Sanchez Lizette Salas

Business Woman
of the Year Maria

Corporate Leader
of the Year
Lupita Sanchez-Cornejo

Inspirational Leader
of the Year Lizette Salas

Ms. Contreras-Sweet is the founding chairwoman of PROAMÉRICA BANK, the first Latino-owned business bank in California in over 35 years which serves small to mid-sized businesses with a focus on the Latino business community. Contreras-Sweet becomes one of the first Latinas in the country to found a publicly-traded company.

Mrs. Sanchez-Cornejo is the Director of External Affairs for AT&T focusing on legislative and community affairs for the Los Angeles region. In this role, she serves as the company's governmental liaison for elected and administrative officials in the City of Los Angeles. She is also responsible for legislative activities and issues involving the Los Angeles Board of Education.

A native of Southern California, Lizette Salas made a splash in the golf world as soon as she turned professional, after graduating from USC, and found herself in contention to win the most important women's golf tournament in the United States - the 2011 U.S. Women's Open.

Her dedication is not only to her sport but also as a mentor to an under privileged girls golf team.

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10th Annual
Honoring Latinas In Business Awards
Women of Excellence June 27, 2013
6:00 - 10:00pm

Academy of Television Arts & Science
The Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre
5220 Lankershiim Blvd., No. Hollywood, CA 91601

For more event information, sponsorship and program advertisement
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 Women of Excellence Sponsorship opportunities


Univision's: Feria Financiera: Plan Prosperidad

Join NLBWA for a Day filled with new ideas and partnerships.

Feria Financiera

To extend its longstanding legacy of service in the Hispanic community, Univision Communications Inc., the nation’s leading media company serving Hispanic America, has launched Plan Prosperidad (Prosperity Plan), a comprehensive multiplatform, multi-year national financial empowerment initiative designed to create awareness about financial literacy and entrepreneurship among the Hispanic community in the U.S.

On March 16, March 2013, Univision’s Los Angeles affiliate, KMEX will host the first-ever “Financial Feria” at the University of Southern California.

NLBWA will present on the following topics.

•    Financial Literacy
•    Strategic Marketing
•    How to Build a Business Network
•    NLBWA will give away a paid membership

For more information about the Feria Financiera, please visit:

University of Southern California, Bovard Auditorium, 3551 Trousdale Parkway, Expo Park / USC Station

NLBWA signs on to AT&T's “It Can Wait” no texting while driving campaign.

It Can Wait campaignNational Latina Business Women Association is excited to be signing on to the “It Can Wait” no texting while driving campaign, hosted by AT&T.  “We know the importance of this campaign and we’re happy to offer our support and to encourage our women-owned businesses, partners, families and friends to stop, think and sign on to this important initiative” said NLBWA National President, Suzanna Sanchez.   Drivers that text while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute.  So far, over one hundred thousand individuals have taken the pledge to not text and drive, and hundreds have downloaded the Drive Mode app to curb the urge to text behind the wheel.  If you’d like to sign the pledge and join this campaign please do so today and promise to stop texting while driving.  A survey hosted by AT&T revealed, “sixty-two percent of teens said that getting reminders from their parents not to text and drive would be effective in stopping them from doing it.”

Our goal is to reach 10 million small business owners through organizations like yours with the It Can Wait message. Together I think we can make a significant impact on the estimated 100,000+ crashes a year that involve drivers who are texting. To say the least, we can't wait to include you in this wonderful initiative to save lives.Take the pledge now


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SCORE Elects First Female Board Chair, Dedra Johanneson

October 16, 2012

SCORE Elects First Female Board Chair, Dedra Johanneson

Dedra JohannesonWashington, D.C. - SCORE, – www.score.org- mentors to America’s small businesses, is proud to announce the appointment of the organization’s first female Board Chair since its founding in 1964, Dedra M. Johanneson, entrepreneur and former owner and CEO of Johanneson’s of WI, Inc.  Johanneson brings a strong passion for and knowledge of the business environment to this role and will serve as a leader and proponent for the 7.8 million women business owners, 88% of whom represent small businesses, in this country, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  With woman-owned firms growing twice as fast as male-owned firms (based on statistics by the National Women’s Council) Johanneson’s appointment as SCORE’s Board Chair comes at a time when small business growth depends on the involvement and advocacy of qualified women business owners and entrepreneurs.

As a Latina woman, Johanneson also represents the 19% of women business owners in our country who are minorities and serves as a role model for these female small business owners as a successful entrepreneur herself.  Johanneson currently owns 19 Mystic Mountain, Inc. a Real Estate Investment company, and is a speaker and business consultant with Open Mind Consulting dba I Deserve It Now.  Previously, she was owner and CEO of Johanneson’s of WI, Inc., a chain of supermarkets in Colorado, Minnesota and Wisconsin.   She became known for providing strong conceptual and consumer insights and driving excellence through a performance-oriented style of leadership. 

“I am so proud to be the first woman to chair the SCORE Board at a time when change and diversity are the face of our nation,” says Johanneson. “I also take great pride in representing an organization with 12,000+ mentors who unselfishly volunteer their precious time because they care about nurturing small businesses and therefore, our country.” Johanneson is a strong advocate of small businesses and entrepreneurship.  In 2007, she was honored with the National Champion of Women Business award from the SBA and in 2011, she was featured in Women of Wealth magazine’s “Nation’s Top 90 Women Mentoring Leaders.” Johanneson has been an active volunteer mentor with the SCORE Phoenix chapter for the past 7 years and has served on the SCORE Association Board for 5 of those years. “We are proud and excited to have Dedra as our new Board Chair,” said SCORE CEO Ken Yancey.  “Her 5 years of service on our board and 7 years of service as a SCORE mentor have been invaluable to our Development Committee and Nominating Committee and we know her leadership will prove effective and inspiring.” For more information on the SCORE Board, visit www.score.org/board-of-directors About SCORE
Since 1964, SCORE has helped more than 9 million aspiring entrepreneurs. Each year, SCORE provides small business mentoring and workshops to more than 375,000 new and growing small businesses. More than 12,000 business experts volunteer as mentors in over 340 chapters serving local communities with entrepreneur education to help grow 1 million small businesses. For more information about starting or operating a small business, call 1-800/634-0245 for the SCORE chapter nearest you. Visit SCORE at www.score.org. Connect with SCORE at www.facebook.com/SCOREFans and www.twitter.com/SCOREMentors.

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Jessica Sofia Valle to Speak at LATISM'12

Jessica Sofia Valle



Bloggers can play an invaluable role in creating and curating great content. With that comes a high level of responsibility. Register and and learn how to build an audience and find advocates and resources to help promote health education online.

October 25th -27th , 2012
Jes: Moderator and Speaking on:
“The Role of Bloggers on Health Education"


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President Obama to Establish César E. Chávez National Monument

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October 1, 2012

President Obama to Establish César E. Chávez National Monument

On October 8th, 2012, President Obama will travel to Keene, California to announce the establishment of the César E. Chávez National Monument. Years in the making, the monument – which will be designated under the Antiquities Act – will be established on the property known as Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace), or La Paz.  The La Paz property is recognized worldwide for its historic link to civil rights icon César Estrada Chávez and the farm worker movement. The site served as the national headquarters of the United Farm Workers (UFW) as well as the home and workplace of César Chávez and his family from the early 1970’s until Chávez’ death in 1993, and includes his grave site which will also be part of the monument.

“César Chávez gave a voice to poor and disenfranchised workers everywhere,” said President Obama. “La Paz was at the center of some of the most significant civil rights moments in our nation’s history, and by designating it a national monument, Chávez’ legacy will be preserved and shared to inspire generations to come.”
From this rural headquarters in the Tehachapi Mountains of Kern County, California, Chávez played a central role in achieving basic worker protections for hundreds of thousands of farmworkers across the country, from provisions ensuring drinking water was provided to workers in the fields, to steps that helped limit workers’ exposure to dangerous pesticides, to helping to establish basic minimum wages and health care access for farm workers.

The National Chávez Center, in consultation with the United Farm Workers of America, the César Chávez Foundation and members of César Chávez’s family, offered to donate certain properties at La Paz to the federal government for the purpose of establishing a national monument commemorating César E. Chávez and the farmworker movement. This designation will represent the culmination of a process that has been underway for several years.

The César E. Chávez National Monument will encompass property that includes a Visitors’ Center containing César Chávez’s office as well as the UFW legal aid offices, the home of César and Helen Chávez, the Chávez Memorial Garden containing Chavez’s grave site, and additional buildings and structures at the La Paz campus.

The monument, which will be managed by the National Park Service in consultation with the National Chávez Center and the César Chávez Foundation, will be the fourth National Monument designated by President Obama using the Antiquities Act.   He previously designated Fort Monroe National Monument in Virginia, a former Army post integral to the history of slavery, the Civil War, and the U.S. military; Fort Ord National Monument in California, a former military base that is a world-class destination for outdoor recreation; and Chimney Rock, which is located in the San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado, and offers a spectacular landscape rich in history and Native American culture. First exercised by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906 to designate Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming, the authority of the Antiquities Act has been used by 16 presidents since 1906 to protect unique natural and historic features in America, such as the Grand Canyon, the Statue of Liberty, and Colorado's Canyons of the Ancients.

Spanish Translation

El Presidente Obama establecerá el Monumento Nacional a César E. Chávez

El día 8 de octubre de 2012, el Presidente Obama viajará a Keene, California, para anunciar el establecimiento del Monumento Nacional a César E. Chávez.  Este monumento, que lleva varios años en proyecto y será designado bajo la Ley de Antigüedades, se establecerá en la propiedad conocida como Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz, o La Paz.  La propiedad de La Paz está reconocida en todo el mundo por su conexión histórica con el ícono de los derechos civiles César Estrada Chávez y el movimiento de los trabajadores agrícolas.  Este lugar ha sido la sede nacional de la Unión de Trabajadores Agrícolas (UFW, por sus siglas en inglés) así como la casa y centro de trabajo de César Chávez y su familia desde principios de la década de 1970 hasta el fallecimiento de Chávez en 1993, e incluye su tumba, que también será parte del monumento.

El Presidente Obama comentó que, “César Chávez les dio una voz a los trabajadores pobres y despojados en todas partes.  La Paz fue el punto de partida de algunos de los movimientos de derechos civiles más significativos en la historia de nuestra nación y, al designársele como monumento nacional, se preservará y se compartirá el legado de Chávez para inspirar a las generaciones futuras”.

Desde esta sede rural en las Montañas Tehachapi del Condado Kern en California, Chávez desempeñó una función clave para lograr las protecciones básicas para cientos de miles de trabajadores agrícolas en todo el país, desde disposiciones que garantizaban que se les proporcionara agua potable a los trabajadores en los campos, hasta medidas que ayudaron a limitar la exposición de los trabajadores a pesticidas nocivos, hasta ayudar a establecer los salarios mínimos básicos y acceso a cuidado médico para los trabajadores agrícolas.

El Centro Nacional Chávez, en consulta con la Unión de Trabajadores Agrícolas de América, la Fundación César Chávez y miembros de la familia de César Chávez, ofreció donar ciertas propiedades en La Paz al gobierno federal con el fin de establecer un monumento nacional para conmemorar a César E. Chávez y el movimiento de los trabajadores agrícolas.  Esa designación representará la culminación de un proceso que lleva varios años en movimiento.

El Monumento Nacional César E. Chávez comprenderá propiedad que incluye un centro de visitantes que contiene la oficina de César Chávez así como las oficinas de ayuda legal de UFW, la casa de César y Helen Chávez, el Jardín Conmemorativo Chávez que contiene la tumba de Chavez, y otros edificios y estructuras en el recinto de La Paz.

El monumento, que estará bajo la administración del Servicio Nacional de Parques, en consulta con el Centro Nacional Chávez y la Fundación César Chávez, será el cuarto monumento nacional designado por el Presidente Obama bajo la Ley de Antigüedades.  Él designó previamente el Monumento Nacional Fort Monroe en Virginia, una antigua posta del ejército que fue integral a la historia de la esclavitud, la Guerra Civil, y las Fuerzas Armadas de EE.UU.; el Monumento Nacional Fort Ord en California, una antigua base militar que es un destino de clase mundial para recreación al aire libre; y Chimney Rock, que está ubicado en el Bosque Nacional de San Juan en el suroeste de Colorado, y ofrece un panorama espectacular repleto de historia y de cultura americana nativa.  La autoridad de la Ley de Antigüedades, que fue ejercida por primera vez por el Presidente Theodore Roosevelt en 1906 para designar el Monumento Nacional de Devils Tower en Wyoming, ha sido usada por 16 presidentes desde entonces para proteger las características naturales e históricas exclusivas en EE.UU., tales como el Gran Cañón, la Estatua de la Libertad, y el monumento Canyons of the Ancients en Colorado.

Introducing our "You Matter" Campaign

You Matter

 NLBWA wants to hear your story

The National Latina Business Women Association is pleased to announce our online initiative to help our community to connect and share stories, experiences, and challenges across the nation that we encounter in our everyday lives to maintain the “Healthy Balance” that is suppose to keep us on track.

In our 1st Quarterly Outlook President’s message we announced our plans to expand NLBWA to multiple markets throughout the US at the request of our members and non-members. In response to these requests we felt it would be a great idea to embrace technology and to create a viral sharing of ideas and resources, to open up the channels of communication and in an instant we can all share in making this goal a reality.

The stories that you share can serve as a resource for someone that might need encouragement, a new idea to solve a problem, or to just have a support group to congratulate you on your achievements.

Join us and share your stories because “You Matter” to NLBWA.

Need More Reasons To Participate?

NLBWA will feature the top selected videos on its website to provide additional visibility for the great ideas in the running.

A video of highlights from the selected videos and stories will showcase the best presentations on the NLBWA’s website throughout the coming year. 

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