USHCC Foundation Applauds Winners of Green Builds Business Program in New York

Nov 03, 2011, 06:03 ET from United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation is proud to announce four businesses from the New York metropolitan area as the winners of its Green Builds Business program, a national initiative underwritten by Walmart, designed to educate Hispanic business entrepreneurs on environmental sustainability.

Fred Alpern, owner of Sky Water Systems; Tonia Torrellas, owner of It's My Bag; Berta Cevallos, owner of BML Language Consultants, LLC and Jim Reed, Former Deputy Commissioner, Nassau County Office of Consumer Affairs, were among 15 business entrepreneurs who were selected to participate in the national Green Builds Business Program, co-hosted by the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (LIHCC) in September. 

"I am incredibly grateful for this amazing opportunity," says Torrellas, President of It's My Bag in Hicksville, New York, who presented her concept of eco-friendly dry cleaning reusable garment bags.  "I would like to thank the USHCC and Walmart for bringing the Green Builds Business Program to my community and so many others throughout America."

The winners will receive a total of 24 hours of one-on-one green coaching from Bill Roth, founder of Earth 2017, to implement their green projects.

"New York City has always been looked upon as symbol of prosperity and entrepreneurship, but recent economic turmoil has resulted in a wave of negative attention and consumer unrest," says Javier Palomarez, USHCC President and CEO.  "It is the small businesses, like our Green Builds Business winners, that will breathe new hope into the American economy, by creating new jobs, encouraging local commerce and developing a sustainable business model that becomes more relevant every day."

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of nearly 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that combined generate in excess of $420 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The USHCC Foundation is committed to giving Hispanic entrepreneurs alternatives for life preparation and life-long learning by developing and implementing initiatives and educational campaigns to awaken and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. The Foundation leverages corporate and public support to ensure that existing and aspiring Latino entrepreneurs gain access and achieve success in the world of business. Please visit for more information on the USHCC Foundation.           

SOURCE United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce