LALCC Annual Business Awards Highlights Top Latino Entrepreneurs

L.A. Latino Chamber of Commerce celebrates major growth, diversification in markets by Latino-owned companies at annual event

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: June 22, 2015

LALCC Annual Business Awards Highlights Top Latino Entrepreneurs

The Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce hosted business and community leaders on Wednesday, June 17th, at the Sixth Annual Business Awards Luncheon and Matchmaking event at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Seven Latino businesses received awards in categories ranging from startup to large business as well as medium, small, innovation, corporate and family legacy.

Receiving awards from the non-profit organization were:
‘«ůCorporate Award, AEG
‘«ůStart-up Business Award, Gigi's Bakery & Caf?ģ
‘«ůSmall Business Award, Barrio Planners Incorporated
‘«ůMedium Business Award, Empire Transportation
‘«ůLarge Business Award, Gavina Gourmet Coffee
‘«ůFamily Legacy Award, King Taco
‘«ůInnovation Award, 1-800-AUTOPSY

"This is LA's premiere Latino event showcasing a wide array of successful Latino businesses that deserve recognition for their hard work and entrepreneurial spirit," said Gilbert R. Vasquez, chairman of the LALCC.

"Latinos represent a significant segment of LA's economic activity both as consumers and as business owners. This event is dedicated to connecting Latino startup and established companies to valued partner and peer groups to assist them with growth strategies," added Theresa Martinez, LALCC's Chief Executive Officer. "We also celebrate those Latino-owned businesses who have displayed innovative approaches, tech savvy and dedication in building their respective companies."

The keynote speaker for the luncheon was Cid Wilson, president and CEO of Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (, whose mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with their economic contributions. HACR, based in Washington D.C., focuses on four areas of corporate responsibility and market reciprocity: employment, procurement, philanthropy, and governance. Wilson promotes HACR through speaking engagements, traditional media sources and outreach to organizations and employee resource groups who share HACR's mission.

Emceeing the luncheon was actor Reynaldo Pacheco, who will be starring in Warner Brother's upcoming feature film, "Our Brand Is Crisis," opposite Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton and produced by George Clooney. Bolivian-born pop star, Ignacio Val, gave a special two-song performance, including his highly anticipated English debut single "All About You."

The Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce (LALCC) is focused on economic development within the Latino community residing in the greater Los Angeles Metropolitan area. Contract procurement, access to capital, technical assistance, and niche membership events are the programs and services offered through the chamber. LALCC remains committed to improving the business climate for Latino entrepreneurs through continuous and aggressive policy advocacy, business issues monitoring and interaction to ensure Latino business owners have a voice in job growth and creation and business and economic expansion matters. For more information on LALCC, please visit or call 213.347.0008.

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