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Event | Small Business Awards – August 7

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo is the title sponsor of the Small Business Award Event. August 7

The Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the 2013 Orange County/Inland Empire Small Business Awards on August 7, 2013 at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa.

About the Awards
In 1963, the President of the United States issued a proclamation announcing National Small Business Week, which recognizes the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business and they create two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year. As part of National Small Business Week, the U.S. Small Business Administration takes the opportunity to highlight the impact of outstanding entrepreneurs, small business owners and others. Everyday they are working to grow small business, create 21st century jobs, drive innovation, and increase America’s global competitiveness.

News Anchor Laura Diaz

News Anchor Laura Diaz

The event will be MC’d by award winning newscaster Laura Diaz. Ms. Diaz anchors the newscasts on Studio 11 LA at 5pm and reports on special news projects. Laura is thrilled to be reunited with so many dear friends, colleagues and former competitors after she joined FOX owned KTTV and KCOP in Los Angeles in May 2012.

Diaz is one of the most familiar and trusted journalist in Southern California. For more than two decades she has anchored, reported and produced for several flagship Los Angeles stations.

Tina Aldatz

Tina Aldatz

Our keynote speaker is Tina Aldatz the Founder of Foot Petals and like many women, has a love/hate relationship with her sexy shoes. As a child, Tina walked over hot coals buried just beneath the sand and suffered 3rd degree burns on the soles of her feet. Little did she know this traumatic event would become a life determining moment and the idea behind a multi-million dollar brand.

The event begins with a Business Expo & Networking at 10:30 a.m. The lunch portion of the program begins at 11:30 a.m.

The 2013 Small Business Owners Champions are . . .

Small Business Person of the Year
Connie Lightcap, President & CEO, JC Supply & Manufacturing

Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
Eric Miller, President, ODIC Environmental

Financial Services Champion of the Year
Joan K. Earhart, Senior Executive Vice President, Pacific Mercantile Bank

Women in Business Champion of the Year
Hope Suhr, Owner, Hope’s Chest Co.

The Finalists are . . .

Small Business Person of the Year
Kevin E. Mahaffy, President, EXQUADRUM

Small Business Person of the Year
Colleen M. Howes, President, SABP Reprographics

Small Business Person of the Year
Rupen James Akoubian, President, NAPA-Orange County Auto Parts

Small Business Person of the Year
Martha Daniel, President and CEO, Information Management Resources

Financial Services Champion
Jennifer Eltinge, VP Regional Sales Manager, Comerica Bank

For further details about this event, please call (714) 953-4289

About The Author

Richard Sandoval

Richard Sandoval has been producing events throughout California since 1994. Mr. Sandoval is producer of Hispanic Lifestyle’s signature events such as the annual Latina Conference, SoCal Business Expo and Conference. He has been recognized by several local, state and federal agencies for his efforts to promote positive images of the Latino community. Mr. Sandoval is also a two (2) time Small Business Administration Award (SBA) Winner. Follow on twitter @RDSHLTV

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