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The Latino Coalition, a leading advocate for Latino-owned, small and mid-sized businesses, recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the strength, culture and economy of the United States.
Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) pays tribute to America's diversity and honors the countless contributions Hispanic Americans have made throughout history.
"Diversity represents the best of America," said Hector Barreto, The Latino Coalition’s chairman and a former administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (2001-2006). "This month, we celebrate a community that honors the values of faith, family, liberty and the love of our roots and this country. We applaud our Hispanic American pride of heritage and the invaluable achievements in science, policymaking, and the military and artistic fields. Hispanic Heritage Month honors the best of our community and the belief that regardless of where we come from, the American Dream is attainable through hard work and commitment to time tested values."
Surveying the field of “Most Important Hispanics in Technology and Business,” in 2004 Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology magazine’s editors found many players who brought strength of commitment and performance that affected the lives and economic opportunities of people everywhere. Barreto was one of the 50 plus people who made the list.
A Rockhurst University business graduate Barreto began his career as South Texas Area manager for Miller Brewing Company, then moved to California to found an employee benefits firm. He later launched a second business as a securities broker specializing in retirement plans. He chaired the board of the Latin Business Association of Los Angeles and also founded a small business institute to offer technical assistance, education, and development opportunities and was recognized by Congress for his contributions to America’s small-business community. He also oversaw delivery of financial and business development tools, including the Small Business Administration’s technology training programs, to entrepreneurs everywhere.
Hector V. Barreto Sr. was the founder and former president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, He immigrated to the U.S. when he was in his early 20s and eventually owned three restaurants, a tile company and a construction firm in Kansas City. He died in 2004 in his hometown of Guadalajara, Mexico.
The Latino Coalition (TLC) was founded in 1995 by a group of Hispanic business owners from across the country to research and develop policies relevant to Latinos. TLC is a non-profit nationwide organization with offices in California, Washington, DC and Guadalajara, Mexico. Established to address policy issues that directly affect the wellbeing of Hispanics in the United States, TLC's agenda is to develop initiatives and partnerships that will foster economic equivalency and enhance overall business, economic and social development for Latinos.
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Black technology entrepreneurs are increasingly providing the horsepower that drives the global economy. Over the last two decades, black entrepreneurs have created more jobs, and contributed much more to the economic expansion of the Black community as a whole, than any black pastor or politician. Black entrepreneurs are taking risks and building businesses that generate economic growth and increase prosperity in underserved areas, as more minority-owned and minority-focused businesses emerge, willing to serve the financial needs of Black entrepreneurs. US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine's annual list of Top Black Technology Entrepreneurs reflects the expanding scope of leading Black entrepreneurs in information technology, homeland security, and defense.