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Latino Business & Entrepreneurship Summit 2021: Fostering Economic Resiliency in Latino Cities & Communities

Event information
Wed Oct 27, 2021
8:30am - 4:00pm EDT
Washington, DC; Virtual
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The Aspen Latino Business and Entrepreneurship Summit brings together cross-sector leaders from cities participating in the Aspen City Learning and Action Lab. Cities include Chicago, Miami, El Paso, San Antonio, Phoenix and San Bernardino. Leaders from the public, private, and civic sectors at both the national and local levels will be participating in the Summit. Participants will amplify best practices to enhance and elevate the economic power of Latino entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout the United States. Key to the discussion will be identifying the policies, practices, and systems needed to enable Latino businesses to recover, grow and thrive in these uncertain times.

This is a hybrid event. Registration link is to attend the virtual live stream attendance. Please reach out to Eddy Encinales if you are interested in attending in person.


  1. Highlight emerging ideas and promising practices to strengthen local ecosystem support for Latino business owners as they launch, grow, and scale their ventures.
  2. Build more equitable entrepreneurial ecosystems.
  3. Engage federal, state, and local policymakers and share experiences, perspectives, and insights from the front lines in order to influence national policy.

Topics covered include: Latina entrepreneurs, digital inclusion, and access to capital; as well as breakout sessions around preparing workers for the jobs of today and tomorrow, procurement and supplier diversity, and the green economy.


Karina Ayala-Bermejo, President and CEO, Instituto del Progreso Latino (virtual)
Marcela Escobar-Alava

Robert Field, City Manager, City of San Bernardino
Lili Gangas, Chief Technology Community Officer, Kapor Center
Gloria Martinez
, Owner, NEO Broadband 
Jose Martinez, Executive Vice President, Chicanos Por La Causa and President, Prestamos CDFI, LLC
Eugene Montoya, Climate Change Specialist, Public Affairs Sustainability Group, Wells Fargo
Jaime di Paulo, President and CEO, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Beto Pallares, President and CEO, Joseph Advisory Services
Myrna Sonora, Regional Vice President, South Florida, Prospera 
Lisa Urias, Chief Program and Community Engagement Officer, Arizona Community Foundation