No Money no Honey!
By Oscar Alberto Quintana
Americano Newspaper Magazine
There they were. The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey staff, graduates, potential students, and guests. They were gathered at Waterside restaurant’s second floor on the banks of the Hudson with a panoramic vista of Manhattan’s skyline. I must admit the view is much better this side of the river, borderline between the states of New Jersey and New York.
Sara Peña was the Mistress of Ceremonies. First she introduced and invited to the podium New Jersey’s Diversity Chief Hester Agudosi, Esq. Hester then peppered the audience with some important facts regarding business creation by females, and particularly, by Hispanic ones. Her final point being that Hispanic females entrepreneurs are starting small business companies at a greater and faster rate than their homologues across the race spectrum in New Jersey and the US nation.
So that’s why the Hispanic Entrepreneurship Program (HETP) started by the SHCCNJ, years ago, is so important to nurture those daring entrepreneurs and help them succeed. The HETP has been funded by the NJ Center for Hispanic Policy, Research and Development led by none other than Sara Peña herself, on behalf of NJ Gov. Phil D. Murphy’s Administration. (applause 👏).
Backing up my essay with numbers, there were almos 300 attendees among them the instructors and Chamber’s staff, including Valeria Aloe, Danilo Melan, Erica Horton, Maria Diaz, Sandra Rosa, Ana Román, Reina Valenzuela and Tatiana Orozco.
The flash news is that the Chamber will start a new Latina Entrepreneurship Training Series (LETS) out of their headquarters at Hudson County Community College in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. These LETS training series will be financed by a grant to the Chamber from Wells Fargo Bank’s Chafic Rouhana, the highlight of the rendezvous. The blown out $100,000 ($100K) check was shown for all to see by Chafic to Carlos Medina, SHCCNJ’s President and CEO, and payable to the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the most influential Hispanic business chamber across New Jersey, better known by its acronym SHCCNJ.
That evening also witnessed another $10,000 ($10K) check grant by Columbia bank in the hands of Ariel Coss, Commercial Lending Vice President.
These funds will make it possible for the Chamber to run this new LETS training series to help the entrepreneurial ladies to start and to grow their existing businesses. “Fierce females business owners and leaders” according to Maria Diaz, who was persistent in her invitation for us, the Americano and Yours Truly, to attend and cover this magnificent event.
The Shccnj is the voice of the more than 120 thousand businesses across New Jersey, according to President and CEO Carlos Medina and Chairman Luis DelaHoz.