So Cal Latinos: Compete for Small Business Grants

Verizon Wireless to award three winners grants to help spur technological advancement of Latino-owned firms

Published on LatinoLA: September 23, 2011

So Cal Latinos: Compete for Small Business Grants

The entry period for the Third Annual Latino Small Business Awards presented by Verizon Wireless will continue through September 30, 2011. Established entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, and working professionals can nominate themselves or others for cash and technology grants valued at over $70,000. More information, including how to enter, is available at www.verizoninsider.com/negocios and at local networking events held throughout Southern California.

There are three entry categories: Outstanding Entrepreneur for established entrepreneurs whose businesses have been in business for over one year, Outstanding Aspiring Entrepreneur for professionals planning to start their own businesses within the next five years and Outstanding Business Professional for professionals who work for a small or large corporation and do not own their own businesses.

The winners of the Outstanding Entrepreneur and Outstanding Aspiring Entrepreneur awards will each receive one Motorola Xoom, one 4G LTE Mobile HotSpot, three 4G LTE Samsung Charge devices and voice and data service one year or up to $7,000ÔÇô and $10,000 in cash! The winner of the Outstanding Business Professional award will be awarded a $2,500 donation to a non-profit of his/her choice, one Motorola Xoom, one 4G LTE Mobile HotSpot, three 4G LTE Samsung Charge devices and voice and data service one year or up to $7,000.

Applicants must explain how a Verizon Wireless grant will help change and expand their businesses. Verizon Wireless will then choose contest winners on October 10, 2011 and announce grant recipients on October 14, 2011 during an intimate awards ceremony.

As part of the Latino Small Business Awards contest, Verizon Wireless will partner with several Latino business events throughout Southern California. Updated times and addresses will be posted on www.verizoninsider.com/negocios

Mobile Technology Workshop, in partnership with El Clasificado Newspaper
September 28, 2011
7:30 a.m. ÔÇô 9:30 a.m.
11205 Imperial Hwy., Norwalk, CA 90650

2011 NAHREP Real Estate & Marketing Conference
September 17-20, 2011
JW Marriott LA Live Los Angeles, CA

Diversity Business Expo and Mixer
September 29, 2011
12:00 a.m. ÔÇô 8:00 p.m.
The Double Tree Hotel - Airport
201 E. MacArthur Blvd. Santa Ana, CA 92707

Latino Business Expo
September 29, 2011
4: 00 p.m. ÔÇô 8:00 p.m.
Four Points Sheraton
1050 Schooner Dr., Ventura, CA 93001

Last year's grand prize winner, Araceli Padilla of Araceli Padilla Insurance Agency was awarded $2,500 in cash, ten Motorola Droid 2 smartphones and service for one year on these devices. "When my name was announced as the winner of Verizon's Latino Small Business Award, I was in disbelief because I knew that my hard work and sacrifice was being acknowledged by someone else. Today, that award continues to help me move forward and motivates me to inspire others," said Padilla.

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