PHDC Celebrates Latina Entrepreneurs on Women’s Day

PHDC Celebrates Latina Entrepreneurs on Women’s Day

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The Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation (PHDC) held a breakfast gathering for local Latinas in honor of International Women’s Day. Conducted in Spanish, the event paid tribute and highlighted the work of Latina entrepreneurs building and developing their businesses in Pittsburgh.

Nearly 25 women attended representing various countries and industries including snack foods, construction, restaurants, and media. There were laughs, tears, and celebrations as each one shared parts of their entrepreneurial journeys with the group. PHDC staff has guided them every step of the way from registering their LLCs to opening business bank accounts, and publishing websites.

The group celebrated many positive milestones. Marlene, a Honduran woman owner of a roofing company, celebrated attaining multiple six figures in sales. Grecia, the Venezuelan owner of healthy-snack online company SnackEver, shared her excitement about creating a new snack brand and launching worldwide sales. Guest attendee Keyla Cook of restaurant CasaBrasil, talked about her recent expansion opening a unique Brazilian Mini-Market in the North Hills. 

Many talked about experienced challenges navigating the process of establishing companies and promoting their businesses with varying English proficiency. Others were in the beginning stages of business building and took notes from the more seasoned women in the group.

The Hispanic Corporation looks forward to continuing to support women entrepreneurs and celebrate them! shared Executive Director Guillermo Velazquez.

Las Latinas also heard from PHDC Executive Director Guillermo Velazquez about the mission and accomplishments of the center that provides culturally aware guidance. The community development organization has helped Latinos establish 200+ businesses in and around Pittsburgh, creating jobs and generating income for the betterment of our region. This is in addition to other programs such as housing options and the incubator space.

This Women’s History Month Presente applauds our local mujeres dedicated to building a better future for their families through entrepreneurship.

Learn more about PHDC and their programs here.

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