2011 Business and Entrepreneurship Summit

Local business leaders want to spread the word that funding and resources are available to those who want to become entrepreneurs.

Rosie Cabrera moved to the United States from Mexico when she was six years old.

She moved to Tallahassee 18 years ago, and now she is the owner of El Mercadito Mexican and Los Amigos Mexican Restaurants in town.

Cabrera is not only catering the 2011 Business and Entrepreneurship Summit on the 22nd floor of the Florida Capitol on Friday (April 15), she is also lending her expertise.

Cabrera said, "If I can do it, anybody can do it out there. I think that we put our own challenges. I don't think they're out there because everybody's been wonderful with me."

The Tallahassee Hispanic/Latino Professionals and Entrepreneurs (THLPE) is hosting the summit to help other local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs create a business, market their products, understand how the Hispanic markets can influence a business's overall success, and much more.

Eduardo Gonzalez Loumiet, a local businessman and THLPE Planning Committee Chairman, said, "If you take that risk, use technology to better your business, there are opportunities out there."

The organization says the Hispanic community owns about two percent of businesses in Leon County; but, make up four to five percent of the population.

While many fear that the proposed Florida Immigration Bill could discriminate against Hispanics, the organization says its goal is to help those trying to better themselves.

THLPE President Alex Bello said, "Not only will we benefit Hispanics and Latinos in the community to build businesses, grow their businesses, to find new work; it's for everybody else. Like they say, a rising tide raises all ships."

This is THLPE's second summit.

Day two will be held at the Fort Knox Office Complex at 2727 Mahan Drive, Building #3 from 8:30am to 12pm.


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