IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Twelve Latino small business owners will earn cash and technology grants later this year from Verizon Wireless. As part of its Latino Small Business Awards contest, the company is accepting applications through November 12, 2010. Applicants must be based in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura or San Diego counties.
"Verizon Wireless is committed to supporting Latino small business' growth," said Christina Gonzalez, Verizon Wireless associate director. "We're making a difference at a time when access to capital and resources has become difficult."
The Grand Prize package includes $2,500 in cash, ten Motorola Droid 2 smartphones and service for one year on these devices. Four second prize winners will receive $1,000 in cash and one Motorola Droid 2 smartphone. Seven third place winners will each receive $500 in cash and one Motorola Droid 2 smartphone.
Applicants must explain how a Verizon Wireless grant will help them change and expand their businesses. The company will choose contest winners on November 19, 2010 and announce grant recipients on December 2, 2010. For more information, including how to participate, please visit www.verizoninsidernegocios.com.
Latino entrepreneurs can also visit www.verizoninsidernegocios.com to help build their businesses. They can watch educational videos about strategic business practices. They can also share their company information in a free directory and network with other business owners.
As a corporate sponsor of local business organizations, the company will be participating at the Verizon Wireless Mobile Applications Workshop at the Ontario Convention Center, located at 2000 E. Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA 91764, on October 27, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. At this event, Verizon will offer industry expert advice on the importance of mobile technology. For more information visit www.verizoninsidernegocios.com.
Eligible business owners do not have to attend the workshops to enter the contest and attending does not increase the chances of winning.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE,Nasdaq: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE,Nasdaq: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
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