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Latina Style Business Series Returns after Five Years


Maria Contreras-Sweet of Promerica Bank as the Featured Speaker and Keynote Nancy Marmolejo of Comadre Coaching at the Awards Luncheon

Los Angeles, CA--(HISPANIC PR WIRE)--June 18, 2007--LATINA Style Magazine, the premier magazine addressing the needs of Latina professionals in the U.S., with the participation of the U.S. Small Business Administration, returns to Los Angeles to host the 2007 LATINA Style Business Series on Friday, June 29, 2007 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel (404 S. Figueroa Street). The event is chaired by an amazing committee of Latinas: Maria Contreras-Sweet, PROMERICA Bank; Martha Montoya, Los Kitos and Oralia Michel, Taylor PRimero.

The LATINA Style Business Series is the most successful business development conference that seeks to empower Latina professionals and business owners by bringing them together with key corporations and agencies that provide goods, services and essential information most needed by today’s entrepreneur.

The Business Series starts at 8:00 am and concludes at 4:00 pm. Attendees have the opportunity to interact with the panelists. The event includes exhibits and expert presenters from sponsors American Airlines, AARP Health Care Options, AT&T, ExxonMobil, IBM Corporation, Office Depot, Principal Financial, Staples, State Farm Insurance, Sam’s Club, UnitedHealthcare, and Wal-Mart. In addition, LATINA Style has partnered with Conexion, For You Network, National Latin Business Women’s Association, Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, US Small Business Administration, El Latino San Diego, HOPE, El Aviso, Para Todos, Alianza Metropolitan Newspaper, ALPFA and Women in Public Policy.

The emcee of the luncheon will introduce featured speaker, Maria Contreras-Sweet, Founding Chairwoman, PROMERICA Bank - the first Latino owned business bank in California in over 30 years. The Bank serves small to mid-sized businesses with a focus on the Latino business community. Promerica Bank represents the “Promise of America”. By providing businesses with access to capital, Promerica Bank encourages the building and sustaining of business and family wealth for a stronger economy.

Ms. Contreras-Sweet’s commitment to community is also demonstrated in her government service. Ms. Contreras-Sweet served as the Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing Agency for the State of California, managing a $14 million budget. Ms. Contreras-Sweet is steadfast in her commitment to the growth and transformation of communities. Her exemplary success as a community leader is demonstrated via Civic Contributions, Business Leadership and Government Service. These forums allow her to actively participate in the practical and policy changes that affect the communities California thereby promoting growth and a healthy economy.

In addition, the emcee will introduce the keynote speaker of the luncheon, Nancy Marmolejo, President of Comadre Coaching. For many years, Ms. Marmolejo worked as a teacher, helping young people find their voices through poetry, creative writing, literature, and art. She also worked as a coach for teachers, helping new and veteran educators tap into the excitement of literacy through innovative lessons, service learning and an empowering curriculum. Ms. Marmolejo studied coaching intensively, immersing herself into refining the skills of listening, questioning, empowering and championing. She enrolled in a coach training program, joined the International Coach Federation. She listens beyond the words and helps you find the right direction for your pursuits. Ms. Marmolejo pushes you to your potential and supports you in your endeavors. Always on your side, she is 100% yours as a coach.

In conclusion of the luncheon, a Latina entrepreneur from the LA area will be recognized as the 2007 “Latina Entrepreneur of the Year” award.

Registration fee includes seminars, high power networking opportunities in the exhibit area, breakfast, lunch, commemorative gift bag and a two-year subscription to LATINA Style Magazine, for a tremendous value of only $30!

Over 70 cities has been visited since the inception of the Business Series in 1998; since then, it has received an overwhelming positive response by the Latina, Hispanic and small-business community. Over 10,000 Latina business-owners have already participated in this program. The Series has been featured on NBC News, ABC News, FOX network, Univision, Telemundo, the San Diego Tribune, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, and SBTV.

LATINA Style Magazine, a lifestyle magazine for the professional Hispanic woman, hosts the LATINA Style Business Series bringing resources to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in the local area.

For more information or to register for the Los Angeles Business Series visit or call 1-800-651-8083.

Source: Hispanic PR Wire

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