ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Economic development, nonprofit organization Prospera celebrated its annual signature Hispanic Heritage Month event virtually due to safety precautions. From Sept 21 through Sept 24, a new segment of the 2021 Prospera Journeys to Success was shown daily on Facebook.
The event, which is part of the nonprofit's 30th anniversary celebration, showcased stories of the following 18 Hispanic small business owners who have received services from Prospera:
Noelia Gonzalez, Sunset Sweets by Nono, West Coast of Florida
Jonathan Villafana & Ana Bello, Furniture Brothers, Central Florida
Carlos Lopez & Miguel Guerra, GAMMA Diagnostic Lab, South Florida
Alexander Hakim, A Barber's Bar & Café, North Carolina
Diego Burbano & Cafay Chang, Total Control Solutions, West Coast of Florida
Claudia Lopez, Pappu Natural Products, South Florida
Adrian Santiago, MetalStallic, Central Florida
Uziel & Damaris Ortega, Ortega Custom Cabinets, West Coast of Florida
Marisol Starr, Starr.Fit, Central Florida
Edgardo Manosalva, Kazumi Gardens, South Florida
Agustin Gil, Joe Mama's Pizza & Grill, North Carolina
John Camacho, Suncoast Chiropractic & Rehab, West Coast of Florida
Samantha Senf & Jesus Araujo, Samantha's Walls, Central Florida
Victor Solarte, Zulia Market Discount, South Florida
Damaris Mafut, Fit Life Pediatrics, South Florida
Ketty Miles, CimentArt, West Coast of Florida
Cecilia Carrion, CC & P Business Essentials, North Carolina
Paola Bornacelli, CFS Coffee, Central Florida
Past clients honored as successful clients by Prospera in recent years of the annual event also participated in the virtual event series, sharing updates of their business development since their stories were shared:
Tony Selvaggio, E-smart Recycling, West Coast of Florida
Margueritte Ramos, ShadeFLA, South Florida
Jeannette Coronado, JIRACOR, Central Florida
Juan Carlos Libreros, Pezco Aquafarming, West Coast of Florida
Denisse Lamas, Hispanic Family Counseling, Central Florida
"Duke Energy Florida was proud to sponsor Prospera's 2021 Journeys to Success," said Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida state president. "For 30 years, Prospera has empowered Hispanic entrepreneurs through training, support and resources. Small and locally owned businesses improve the lives of our Duke Energy employees and our customers—and support the vitality of our communities."
"We congratulate Prospera on its 30th anniversary and celebrate its achievements in helping Hispanic-owned small businesses grow and succeed in South Florida," said Florida Power & Light Company Senior Director of External Affairs for Miami-Dade County Irene White. "At FPL, we work together with the communities we serve to make Florida an even better place to raise a family and do business, and move our state forward."
"OUC congratulates Prospera for 30 years of making a positive difference in Central Florida's Hispanic business community. We support Prospera's mission to help Hispanic entrepreneurs achieve success and recognize the vital role this organization plays in strengthening our local economy, the neighborhoods we live in, and the area's overall quality of life," said OUC Vice President of Customer Experience & Sales Luz Aviles.
During the series, donors, volunteers, and executive leaders from Prospera's service areas in Florida and North Carolina were also featured. Prospera maximized the four-day program to share messages and conversations about collaboration, entrepreneurial ecosystems, and economic development trends with some key leaders, community partners, and annual funders from the Greater Tampa Bay area, Central Florida, South Florida, and North Carolina, where the organization's offices are currently located.
The 2021 Prospera Journeys to Success was also made possible by these event sponsors:
Prosperity Sponsors: Bank of America, Fifth Third Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Truist, and Wells Fargo
Hosts: AdventHealth, AT&T, Bank United, Florida Blue, Heart of Florida United Way, Orlando Health, Orlando Magic, TECO and Visit Tampa Bay
Champions: Amerant, First Horizon-Iberia Bank, Florida International University, Hill Ward Henderson, Kings Service Solutions, Plaza del Sol, Suncoast Credit Union, Telemundo 51, and The Trentham Santiago Group
Leaders: TD Bank, University of Central Florida, Univision 23, West Kendall Baptist Hospital, Work Magic, and Zaza Cuban Comfort Food.
Additional Collaboration and Supporter Sponsors
Prospera is an economic development, nonprofit organization that since 1991 has specialized in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs who want to establish, sustain, or grow their businesses. In the last five years, Prospera has facilitated over $60 million in loans, trained over 20,000 entrepreneurs, and helped consulting clients create or retain over 16,000 jobs. It has offices in Florida's central, south, and west coast regions, and in Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information, visit www.prosperausa.org.