The Latino Coalition's Small Business Summit Draws Top Speakers and Launches Key Partnerships

 The Latino Coalition's Small Business Summit Draws Top Speakers and Launches
                               Key Partnerships

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, Senior VP of Operations for Sam's
Club North Division Lance de la Rosa, Vice President of Government Affairs for
Herbalife International Angela Maria Arboleda Speak and Hispanic Business
Leaders Honored with Five Star Diamond Awards

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Latino Coalition, one
of the nation's largest Hispanic business groups held their annual TLC Small
Business Summit last week, attracting high-profile speakers and honoring some
of the most accomplished leaders in the Hispanic business community.

"We've just concluded our most successful Small Business Summit yet," said TLC
Chairman Hector Barreto, "and the best is yet to come – both economically and
in terms of influence – for our group and for the entire Latino business

The TLC Small Business Summit attracted top government leaders and business
executives from around the nation, including speeches from SBA Administrator
Maria Contreras-Sweet, Senior VP of Operations for Sam's Club North Division
Lance de la Rosa and theVice Presidentof Government Affairs for Herbalife
International Angela Maria Arboleda. The event also featured remarks by
Congressmen Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) and Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.).

During the Summit luncheon Joseph Cinque, President & CEO of the American
Academy of Hospitality Sciences, recognized the efforts of two established
entrepreneurs with the coveted Five Star Diamond Award. Antonio Leaño Reyes,
Chancellor of the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara was acknowledged for his
leadership and significant contribution to the Latino community. And the
Star Diamond Lifetime Crystal Award was bestowed to Ing. Arturo Peña Del Mazo,
uncle and special advisor to the president of Mexico known as 'Tio Papa.' Del
Mazo is President of La Fundación Cultural Isidro Fabela, A.C., and was given
the award for his leadership and significant contributions to the Latino

The Latino Coalition presented their prestigious "Ganas Award" to Joe
Alderete, Director of Supplier Diversity for Southern California Edison, for
his significant leadership and patronage in the Latino business community.
Previous top TLC award winners include U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, U.S.
Congressman Xavier Becerra, AltaMed President and CEO Cástulo de la Rochaand
U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales.

Chairman Barreto also announced new partnerships through a Memoranda of
Understanding with two leading groups: The United States Hispanic Leadership
Institute and the Job Creators Network.

USHLI is known for its outstanding research, as well as its nonpartisan voter
registration and leadership development programs in 40 states. The Latino
Coalition and USHLI signed an MOU and will work together to promote
empowerment and civic responsibility in the Hispanic business community.

JCN is a group made up of the nation's top CEOs, who believe that the "best
defense against bad government policies is a well-informed public." The
Latino Coalition will partner with JCN on projects and business opportunities
ranging from the JCN's "Employer to Employee" education program, to
small-business advocacy initiatives.

"With such a successful summit last week, I am looking forward to TLC's West
Coast Economic Summit, on October 9^th in Los Angeles. The Summit will be the
next great opportunity for the 'who's who' of leaders in the Hispanic business
community to gather, network, share concerns and initiate solutions to the
biggest challenges facing Latino business owners today," Barreto added.

The Latino Coalition would like to thank the following Title Sponsors:
Lucrazon and Wal-Mart. In addition, TLC acknowledges: Intuit, Google,
Herbalife, MasterCard, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, PG&E,, Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Comcast Universal, Vanir,
Business Matchmaking, Verizon, American Beverage Association, Education
Management Corporation (EDMC), East West Bank, The Libre Initiative, AltaMed
Health Services MediaDC, Conexion, Univision Communications, VOXXI, ImpactoNY,
CapitalwirePR, Latin Business Today and AlvaradoSmith.

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 with offices in California, Washington, DC and Guadalajara,
Mexico. 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 for Latinos. Visit

SOURCE The Latino Coalition

Contact: Yohana de la Torre, (239) 896-4695,
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