"Giving Latino Businesses a Platform to Thrive and an Ability to Shape Public Policy."

The Latino Coalition Small Business Rising Summit

  • 06/15/2018
  • 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Marriott Irvine Spectrum 7905 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618


We hope you will be our special guest at The Latino Coalition's Small Business Rising Summit in collaboration with Job Creators Network taking place at the Marriott Irvine Spectrum in Irvine, California.

TLC is the leading, national Latino organization representing Hispanic-owned small businesses (our database contains a network of over 1 million independently owned firms) and the 50-million-strong Hispanic consumer market.

Job Creators Network is a nonpartisan organization whose mission is to educate employees of Main Street America, so it can protect the 85 million people who depend on the success of small businesses.


Breakfast & Registration 
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Opening Session: Small Business Rising - and Shining!
Time: 8:45 a.m.-9:45 a.m.

  • Opening Remarks: Hector V. Barreto, Chairman, The Latino Coalition
  • Remarks: Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO, Job Creators Network
  • The Latino Coalition & Job Creator's Network MOU
  • Thomas M. Sullivan, Vice President, Small Business Policy, Executive Director for the Small Business Council & the Middle Market Business Council, US Chamber of Commerce
  • Maxine Turner, Founder, Cuisine Unlimited Catering & Special Events & Chair, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council
  • Tyrone Bland, Vice President State & Local Government Relations, Herbalife Nutrition
  • Reuben Franco, President & CEO, Orange County
  • Raul Lopez, Executive Director, Latino's for Tennessee MOU signing

Time: 10:00 a.m.-11:20 a.m. Job Creators Network: Small Business: Revving the engine of growth through lower taxes, less regulation and greater access to capital.

Small business is the backbone of the American economy-responsible for nearly 70 percent of all new job creation. But many times, government policy doesn't treat them that way and instead applies high taxes, burdensome regulations, and credit restrictions onto their operations. Lifting those government mandates will unleash their full economic potential. Panelists will share how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and reduced regulations have improved their outlook for their businesses and the economy, and what else needs to be done to get the economy to full throttle.

Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO, Job Creators Network:

Moderator: Luis Farias, Executive Director, The Latino Coalition

Panelist: Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO, Job Creators Network

Panelist: Buck Johns, President, Inland Energy Inc.

Panelist: Kris Murray, Council MemberAnaheim City Council

Panelist: Ed Laird, CEO, Laird Coatings Corp & AQE Environmental Engineering

Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 a.mProcurement Panel:Don’t Go It Alone 

The world of procurement can be intimidating - a place where everyone seems to know the rules, and each other. The keys to this kingdom won't be found solo; it's time to put your network to work for you. Expert panelists will show you how.

  • Moderator: Thomas M. Sullivan, Vice President, Small Business Policy, Executive Director for the Small Business Council and the Middle Market Business Council, US Chamber of Commerce
  • Panelist: Karen Burgess, Lead Business Opportunity Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Panelist: Carlos Contreras, Vice President Commercial, California Resource Corporations
  • Panelist: Tarrance Frierson, Manager of Supplier Diversity, Edison International
  • Panelist: Reuben Franco, President & CEO, Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Panelist: Fred Flores, President and CEO, North American Staffing Group Inc.

Time: 12:40 p.m.-2:30 p.m.  Luncheon: A New Era for Entrepreneurs

  • Hector V. Barreto, Chairman & CEO, The Latino Coalition
  • Armando Prida, President & CEO, Litografía Magnograf; Asociación Periodística Síntesis; & Educación por la Experiencia. Sanchez to Sanchez to Smith Award
  • Louie Santos, Senior Director, Sam's Club
  • Thomas Mcclary, Founder of The Commodores
  • Dr. Tom Price, JCN Senior Fellow on Health Care Policy
  • Peter Villegas, Vice President, The Coca-Cola Company

Time: 2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Town Hall Meeting: Women in Business

The world is watching as Latinas continue to out-perform other entrepreneurial groups. What can we learn from the women who are leading in business? Panelists will share their personal stories and provide the insight and tips you need for your own success.

  • Moderator: Jennifer Korn, Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the Office of Public Liaison Executive Office of the President
  • Panelist: Martha de la Torre, President & CEO, El Classificado
  • Panelist: Zoila Escobar, Senior VP Strategic Development & Community Support, Altamed Health Services Corporation
  • Panelist: The Honorable Anna Escobedo Cabral, Former 42nd Treasurer of the United States
  • Panelist: Dr. Betty Uribe, Executive Vice President, California Bank & Trust. Author - #Values

    Networking / Exhibit
    Time: 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

    Job Creators Network Tax Cuts Bus:
    Job Creators Network is making its way across the county on their Tax Cuts Work bus tour to educate the public and elected officials about the benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Wages are rising, jobs are being created, and businesses are expanding. The JCN bus tour will make nearly 50 stops from coast to coast from April to October, spreading the word that the tax cuts are working. Find out if we're coming to a city near you at www.taxcutsworks.com.

    Please make sure to visit the Tax Cuts Work bus and drop in your business card for a chance to win an iPad.

    Census Solutions Workshop 
    Join us for a Census Solutions Workshop - a creative, collaborative, problem-solving space that brings together diverse community members to address key census related challenges and opportunities for collaboration in preparation for the 2020 Census.

    The U.S. Census Bureau counts America's people, places, and economy. The Decennial Census is the largest civic action undertaken in the United States, and helps to reapportion congressional representation and state congressional boundaries, in addition to guiding the allocation of more than $675 billion in federal funding annually. The Census Solutions Workshop is specifically geared to generate new ways of communicating the importance of census data, reaching hard-to-count populations, and encouraging participation.

    Closing Reception (Entertainment: DW3 Music)
    Time: 5:15 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

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