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LATINA Style Business Series honored with Janet Murguria, President & CEO, NCLR as Luncheon Keynote

Monday, June 22, 2009  
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LATINA Style Magazine, a magazine for the contemporary Hispanic woman, honored Nancy C. Andrade, President of Mexifeast Foods, Inc., as the "LATINA Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 of Chicago" as a part of its 11th annual LATINA Style Business Series (LSBS). The event took place Thursday, June 18, 2009 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Macy's, located at 111 N State St., Chicago, IL 60602.

The Business Series, unique to LATINA Style Magazine, is a well-known development program empowering Latina entrepreneurs across the country. Over 18,000 Latina entrepreneurs and professionals have benefited from participating in this exciting and informative one-day business program since its conception in 1998.

The Business Series exhibited expert presenters to speak and interact with the audience on the following topics: The Essentials of a Successful Business, Greening Your Business, Entrepreneur Survival Guide and Look Successful -- Be Successful.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Hispanic community in Illinois now exceeds 1.5 million in population, including nearly 1 million Hispanics residing in the Chicago Metropolitan Area. As of 2006, over 17,000 Hispanic owned businesses have helped the state of Illinois generate nearly $3 million in revenue.

This year's award winner, Nancy C. Andrade established her company Mexifeast Foods, Inc. while working at a large Chicago Law Firm. Today, Mexifeast sells authentic Mexican tamales to retail outlets in the Midwest.

The Luncheon Keynote speaker was Janet Murguia, President and CEO of NCLR (National Council of La Raza), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. Ms. Murguia works tirelessly, advancing Hispanic issues with national policymakers.

"It's a privilege for me to salute the Latina entrepreneurs who help create jobs to support our nation's families," Murguia said. "Hispanic-owned businesses employ more than 1.5 million people, and that number is sure to grow at a time when innovation and new leadership are urgently needed in the business sectors," she said. "I commend LATINA Style Magazine for nurturing the tremendous talent of Latina business owners whose contributions to our nation's economy are ever more vital and appreciated," she added.

Event co-chairs were dynamic Latina leaders in the state of Illinois: Pat Pulido Sanchez, President and CEO of Pulido Sanchez Communications, LLC; and Gloria Castillo, President of Chicago United. Pat oversees a community relations, public relations and marketing practice specializing in reaching the Latino market for both corporate and business clients- and is a leader in the industry. As president of Chicago United, Gloria is an advocate for diversity and multicultural unity.

The morning Keynote speaker was State Senator Iris Y. Martinez, the first Hispanic woman elected to the Illinois State Senate. Ms. Martinez currently serves as Chair of the Senate's Licensed Activities Committee and Vice Chair of the Senate's Pensions and Investments Committee. Senator Martinez is also a member of the Illinois Senate's Commerce, Education, Energy and Redistricting Committees.

The Mistress of Ceremony was Zoraida Sambolin, co-anchor of the weekend edition of NBC5 News Today. Before coming to NBC5, Ms. Sambolin was the creator and Emmy award-winning host of "Small Talk for Parents" on WYCC-TV and "Nuestros Nino's" on WSNS-TV.

LATINA Style has partnered with the following organizations: the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP), National Latina Business Women's Association (NLBWA), the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP), Women Presidents' Organization (WPO), National Association of Women Business Owners Chicago Chapter (NAWBO), Women's Business Development Center, Mujeres Latinas en Accion, Aniko Salon & SPA, Chicago United, Pat Pulido Sanchez Communications, LLC, Yo Soy Expressions, and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Media Partners include: Extra publications, La Raza Newspaper, Radio Arte WRTE-FM and PR Newswire.

Our 2009 title sponsor, Macy's, has engaged their local cosmetics partner, Lancome, which will showcase an all-day makeover lounge for attendees! Macy's Reinventing Yourself Makeup Workshop: Come pamper yourself and receive beauty tips from professional makeup artists at the cosmetics lounge open throughout the entire conference! Lancome makeup artists will show women how to look their best and enhance their beauty with a few subtle changes in makeup and personal appearance.

Title sponsor: Macy's, Inc. National sponsors include: Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and State Farm Insurance.

$30.00 Registration fee includes: dynamic panels, high power networking opportunities in the exhibit area, breakfast, lunch, commemorative gift bag, and a two-year subscription to LATINA Style Magazine. $60.00 at the door.

For more information or to register for the Chicago Business Series, visit www.bs.latinastyle.com or call 703-312-0904.

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.

Contact: Lara Saavedra

Phone: (703) 312-0904

Email: lsbs@latinastyle.com


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