Oct 12 2017

ALL ARE WELCOME TOMORROW to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage - OVER 120 RSVPs!

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REGISTER TODAY! (limited seating) refreshments served Shaping the Bright Future of America

September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month 

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.  >read more


8:30am:  Registration and Breakfast

9:00am:  Welcome Remarks

9:30am:  Doing Business with Latino Markets

Josiane Martinez, CEO & Founder Archipelago Strategies Group

Eduardo Crespo, CEO Hispanic Market Solutions

10:00am:  State of Latino Small Business – Resources to Scale and Grow

Carmen Diaz-Jusino, Senior Director, Program & Service Delivery Center for Women & Enterprise

Awilda Irizarry, Sr. Business Advisor Salem State Small Business Development Center

Rodrigo Lopez, Mentor Boston SCORE Chapter

Alberto Calvo, Board of Hispanic American Institute 

10:30amStrategies for Access to Capital 

Charles Smith, SBA Specialist, Eastern Bank

Seth Goodall, Executive Vice President Santander

Anna Bautista, Boston Private Bank

11:00amLatino Entrepreneurs Sharing Success

Rita Vazquez-Torres, New Stone Soup

Libis Bueno, CEO and Chief Technology Officer, Domitek

Alberto Calvo, Board of Hispanic American Institute, Stop and Compare Supermarkets

11:30am:  Networking

EXPERIENCE: Authentic Latin Dance and Music by Award-Winning Veronica Robles!


Veronica Robles is a Mariachi singer by trade and performs at concerts, recitals locally and internationally but has become a cultural icon for Latinos in Boston. She has effectively utilized the power of the arts and culture to bring the community together by raising awareness on the importance of diversity and she has empowered the youth by employing them and teaching them about their roots and culture.  

Veronica was honored by Mayor Walsh with a mural with her image on her Mariachi outfit on Pari Street in East Boston; Mayor also appointed her to the leadership board for the Boston Creates initiative; and serves as vise-president of East Boston Chamber of Commerce.

Robles is Co-founder and Director of the Veronica Robles Cultural Center that supports community action and economic growth in East Boston and offers Latin American arts and culture programs.

She has received countless awards and the most recent include the “Community Hero Award”, by ABCD, “Extraordinary Woman In Cultural Enrichment” by Governor of Rhode Island, “2016 East Boston Woman of The Year” by East Boston Times.

You can find more information about Veronica Robles and her Mariachi bookings at www.veronicarobles.com 

Estuardo Alvizure (Dance Partner) is Veronica Robles mentee in the arts, he started his dance career when he was 9 years old with Mr. Robles, He was assistant dance instructor at Veronica Robles Cultural Center responsible for learning and teaching choreographed dance routines using carefully planned structure format laid out by Mr. Robles exposing students to different cultures and customs through dances and music from various Latin American countries, specifically folkloric pre-Columbian and post-Columbia and ensuring every student was actively engaged and attentive by speaking only in Spanish to help further build their fluency in the language and appreciation of their Latino identity and teaching fundamental and crucial mathematical skills and patterns through movements and repetition based on the four and eight counts found in folkloric music.  Currently he is member of Veronica Robles Professional Dance company and Manager of his Family Business JP Dry Cleaners Roslindale, MA.