October 30, 2013
Drawing on input and feedback from small and-mid-size business owners, the MasterCard Business Network was launched in 2012 to address the most critical needs of today’s businesses. The site delivers a personalized and highly-relevant platform to help streamline business operations and improve productivity.
The Latino Coalition, announced today a new licensing agreement to offer the MasterCard® Business Network, a small and mid-sized business tool, to its membership.
“We are very excited to announce this partnership with the MasterCard Business Network. This tool will help the engine of our economy navigate a dynamic market with more options, more efficiency through an online platform and will leverage small businesses to excel at the American Dream of business ownership,” said Hector Barreto, TLC’s Chairman and Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (2001-2006).
Available to any MasterCard cardholder, this online resource gives business owners a competitive edge through several modules that expand purchasing power to save money on business supplies, simplify and improve T&E planning, streamline expense management, and manage payment of international suppliers.
The Latino Coalition members can access and register for the site by visiting the following link: MasterCardBusinessNetwork
October 17, 2013
The Latino Coalition, a leading center of influence for Latino-owned, small and mid-sized businesses, issued the following statement regarding the agreement to avert a Treasury default and reopen government:
“We acknowledge Congress for agreeing to a solution to reopen government and avoid a default; however, once again this is a band-aid on a cancer,” said Hector Barreto, TLC’s Chairman and Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. “Uncertainty and dysfunction by our government leaders is destructive to small business, and even more damaging to the lasting health of our nation’s economy.”
“As the engine of our economy, small business prefers a yes, can accept a no, but the maybe’s kill them. With the level of uncertainty small business is having to deal with, they cannot make informed decisions to invest, hire employees or expand their operations. Now, more than ever, we need leadership that will achieve a long-term solution to reduce the deficit, reign in out-of-control spending, and provide an effective healthcare solution to small businesses,” Barreto added.
June 28, 2013
– The Latino Coalition, a leading advocate for Latino-owned, small and medium-sized businesses, issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s 68-32 vote on S. 744 “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013”:
“After much discussion about our broken immigration system, today, we are one step closer to meaningful immigration reform, securing our border, growing our economy and reaffirming our commitment to building an innovative workforce for the future,” said Hector Barreto, TLC’s Chairman and Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (2001-2006).
“The Gang of Eight has shown determination and leadership on an issue that will expand the flexibility of the nation’s labor force and economic growth. However, significant work remains as the House of Representatives takes up this issue. Now is the time to come together, rise above partisanship and send forward a comprehensive immigration reform bill for the President’s approval,” Barreto added.
– The Latino Coalition, a leading advocate for Latino-owned, small and medium-sized businesses, in conjunction with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a record breaking America’s Small Business Summit 2013 from Monday, April 29th – Wednesday, May 1st in Washington, DC.
With a commitment to building a stronger American economy, The Latino Coalition brought together government leaders, national and international business figures and hundreds of corporate delegates from the United States and abroad to discuss important issues to small business including procurement opportunities, newly available financing, risk management, legal reform, healthcare, immigration and international trade.
“The 2013 Small Business Summit was an incredible achievement for small business,” said Hector Barreto, TLC’s Chairman and Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (2001-2006). “Small businesses are leading the way and this summit is now the largest event of its kind in the country. We drew over 3,000 small business owners from across the nation and covered everything from accessing corporate and government contracts to healthcare and its impact on the economic growth of small business.”
The Business Matchmaking component to the summit is the nation’s leading non-profit small business procurement program. Over the last six years, Business Matchmaking has coordinated over 80,000 face-to-face meetings and facilitated billions in verifiable contracts for small firms. This year’s summit brought together scores of small businesses who met with procurement representatives of federal and local government agencies as well as major corporations to access opportunities for small business, which are the engine of our economy.
The summit brought together executives and entrepreneurs to network, learn, and advocate for policies that support small business growth. Attendees also had the opportunity to hear from corporate and government leaders such as Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Steve Forbes, Investigative Journalist and Best Selling Author Bob Woodward, CEO of Alvarado Construction and Co-Owner of the Colorado Rockies Linda Alvarado, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, US Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Bank of America CEO Brian T. Moynihan and Walmart VP of US Sourcing and Manufacturing Greg L. Hall to name a few.
Healthcare and its effect on small business and the Latino community were debated during the 2013 Small Business Summit. During the conference, an impreMedia/Latino Decisions national poll was released in conjunction with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Center. The polls key findings indicated that less than a quarter of Latinos feel well informed about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The poll also showed that only 13% of Latinos believe that public officials took the needs of the Latino community into account during the ACA debate and bill passage. However, despite having limited awareness about the legislation, 75% of those polled indicated that the ACA could be good for the Latino community in the long run.
Leading the discussion on immigration, The Latino Coalition hosted a panel on the importance of prompt action on a comprehensive bipartisan reform bill as priority number one, not only for Latino groups, but also for all seeking to expand the worker pool and grow our U.S. economy.
During the conference, the organization entered into a cooperative agreement to jointly deepen and strengthen relations between the Jewish and Latino communities in the United States with the American Jewish Committee Latino & Latin American Institute. An alliance was also formed with the Central Exchange, a foundation presenting educational programs designed to promote the personal and professional development of women in business and the community.
Leadership awards were also presented to key figures including the President of the Cultural Foundation Isidro Fabela, Arturo Peña del Mazo, the President of Litografía Magnograf, Armando Prida-Huerta, Puebla Mexico’s Secretary of State Luis Maldonado-Venegas and Actor and Education Advocate Tony Plana.
“The impact of Latino small business continues to grow significantly. They account for over three million small business owners nationwide and generate over $500 billion in revenue each year. This year’s summit educated, advocated and reinforced that our community is critically essential to the economic growth of the nations future and will be an active partner in seeking the resources and strategies necessary for our economy to succeed,” added Barreto.
The Latino Coalition will host its West Coast Small Business Summit in San Francisco, CA on October 9, 2013.
The Latino Coalition would like to acknowledge the following partners who contributed to the success of the 2013 Small Business Summit: Wal-Mart, Lucrazon, AlvaradoSmith A Professional Corporation, AT&T, Intuit, MasterCard, Comcast, PG & E, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, Google, AltaMed, WellMed, Biz2Credit, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Verizon, Conexion, Business Matchmaking, Bank of America, The Libre Intiative, impreMedia, CapitalwirePR, Latin Business Today, LatinoNewsEagle, VOXXI, Impacto Latin News and American Beverage Association.
The Latino Coalition Announces Partnership with U.S. Chamber of Commerce for America’s Small Business Summit 2013. Steve Forbes, Bob Woodward, Jim Koch and Linda Alvarado, Daymond John and Barbara Corcoran to provide insight into business success
WASHINGTON, DC- The Latino Coalition, a leading advocate for Latino-owned, small and medium-sized businesses, today announced its partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for America’s Small Business Summit 2013, “Small Business. Big Impact.” The summit will be held Monday, April 29 -Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Washington, D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
“The Latino business community is a driving force behind America’s entrepreneurial spirit and there couldn’t be a more critical time for business leaders to unite,” said Hector Barreto, TLC’s Chairman and Former Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (2001-2006). “Together, business owners and members of Congress can bring about a new direction and leadership to help our nation return to the very principles and values that made America great.”
The 2013 America’s Small Business Summit will host more than 40 speakers and panelists on key issues important to small business such as: procurement opportunities, newly available financing, risk management, legal reform, healthcare, immigration and international trade.
The stellar line-up will include Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Steve Forbes, Investigative Journalist and Best Selling Author Bob Woodward, President and Founder of the Boston Beer Company Jim Koch, and CEO of Alvarado Construction and Co-Owner of the Colorado Rockies Linda Alvarado, to name a few.
“We are incredibly honored to have such an amazing group of leaders addressing the diverse and vibrant Hispanic business community during the 2013 America’s Small Business Summit. Our guests will share their experiences as active players in our economy, the triumphs and hurdles to their growth and the initiatives and partnerships that enhanced their businesses,” Barreto added.
In addition to face-to-face opportunities for business development, the summit will bring together more than 600 small business owners, managers, and entrepreneurs from across the country to network, learn, and advocate for policies that support small business growth. For details on how to register for the 2013 America’s Small Business Summit, visit www.thelatinocoaltion.com.
Latino Coalition would like to thank the following supporters: Wal-Mart, Lucrazon, AlvaradoSmith A Professional Corporation, AT&T, Intuit, MasterCard, Comcast, PG & E, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, Google, National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Verizon, CONEXION, Business Matchmaking, El Clasificado, CapitalwirePR, Latin Business Today and the LatinoNewsEagle, American Beverage Association.
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 CA, with offices in 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 www.thelatinocoalition.com.
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