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July 13th, 2008
7/13/08 – Adelante Article

“ADELANTE”

Quote of the Week:

“Every woman, if forced to, can do more than she ever thought she could. In running my business I just used common sense, a man would call it “horse sense.

Rose Knox, (1857-1950)

NINA VACA TO KEYNOTE WOMEN ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS

Nina Vaca, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) founded Pinnacle in 1996 as an information technology services provider to the Fortune 500. Today, the company’s client base includes industry leaders in the telecommunications, financial services, health care, technology, consumer products and business process outsourcing sectors. Under Ms. Vaca’s leadership, Pinnacle has become the second fastest growing firm in a $20 billion dollar industry, and now includes approximately 2,500 consultants across 42 states. Pinnacle is one of the most widely recognized and honored companies nationwide, garnering over 38 national and local awards over the past 7 years. As the recipient of the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Award for Technology in 2005, Ms. Vaca is also the first two-time winner of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Business Woman of the Year Award and has also appeared in Fast Company Magazine as of the Top 25 Women Business Builders. And in 2007, Ms. Vaca appeared as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in America by Latino Leaders Magazine. Nina Vaca has also garnered a “Distinguished Alumni Award” from Texas State University – San Marcos.
HONORING WOMEN ENTREPRENEUR AWARDS &

Business Women Every WEAR Style Show

The San Marcos Hispanic Chamber will honor women in several categories on the evening of July 26, 2008.

One of the feature attractions of the evening will be the Business Women “EVERYWEAR” Style Show. Local stores like CENTERPOINT STATION, TWO PEAS IN A POD/CALLLI’S, MARY KAY, J.C. PENNEY plus Prime Outlets stores like ESCADA, ST. JOHN, BETSEY JOHNSON, YVES DELORME, CATHERINE MALANDRINO, TAHARI, BOSE, FURLA, SALVATORE FERRAGAMO, LANE BRYANT, CALVIN KLEIN, SOLSTICE, and LA PERLA will provide the glitz and glamour for part of your evenings entertainment.

For information on Sponsorships, Table Reservations and Ticket Sales, call 353-1103.

Go to our Website: www.sanmarcoshcc.com

RECIPIENTS FOR THE “HONORING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AWARD BANQUET.

On Saturday July 26, 2008, the San Marcos Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will honor Six (6) local women in our community who either own a business, run a business or are in leading role in their professions in the public and private sector. The honorees in the respective categories are:

1. New Business Award – Escuela S.O.L. Sarah Ramirez Lesak

2. Established Business Award – Second to None Upscale – Karlin Clark

3. Entrepreneurship Award – Physical Therapy & Rehab. Concepts – Melesa Yager

4. Community Spirit & Volunteer Award – Americruit – Judy Aswell

5. Public Service Excellence Award – Southern Pecan Plantation Mobile Home Park

Carol Peters

6. The LATINA Pioneer Award – Freddie’s Auto Repair – Sylvia Nevares Garza

Please join us as we Salute these talented Women! Call the Hispanic Chamber for

additional information on sponsorships and tickets at 353-1103.

HISPANIC OWNED BUSINESSES TO REACH 2.2 MILLION IN 2008

Hispanic business research estimates that existing trends support the projections of at least 2.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses generating close to 388.7 Billion Dollars in revenues in 2008. With a compound annual growth rate of 9.1 percent over the last 5 years, Hispanic-owned businesses are increasingly impacting the overall U.S. Economy.

HispanTelligence

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE

The San Marcos Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SMHCC) can refer individuals or going concerns to the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) or direct referrals to lending sources for personal consultations which includes: getting your business started on the right foot and getting your finances in order.

The Hispanic Chamber can help: Existing or Start-up businesses, assistance with HUB Certification, and overall assistance in every phase of the business cycle. For more assistance, call the Hispanic chamber Office at 353-1103, or e-mail rhg@sanmarcoshispanic.com.

By RICHARD H. GARZA
President – Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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