2019 Indiana Latino Business Expo to highlight Latino businesses, opportunities

The 2019 Indiana Latino Business Expo will feature dozens of area Latino-owned businesses, including realty, design, catering, insurance, event décor, clothing and makeup companies, along with door prizes and giveaways. The annual event highlights Latino business owners and entrepreneurs, while providing an opportunity for all to network and find what area Latino businesses can offer them.

The Indiana Latino Business Expo (ILBE) is open to the public from 4 to 8 p.m. on June 12 at Ivy Tech Community College, 22531 C.R. 18, Goshen. A resource room for those looking to begin or advance a business will be open until 5 p.m. Boling Vision Center will also be providing free vision screenings at the event.

The ILBE is the only expo in the state that supports and connects Latino businesses to each other and to the broader community. The Indiana Latino Business Expo formed after the Center for Healing & Hope hosted a successful open house for Latino business owners in June 2017. In June 2018, the Center launched the first expo for Latino entrepreneurs that included a keynote session for Latino business owners, followed by a public expo of Goshen-area Latino-owned businesses.

The Center for Healing & Hope organizes ILBE as an extension of its focus on healthcare.

“We believe healthy families create healthy businesses and they contribute to a healthy community,” said Center for Healing & Hope Executive Director Bryan Mierau. “Come to ILBE to discover how we can work together to build a stronger, more vibrant community for all of us.”

The ILBE also provides some funding for the Center for Healing & Hope through sponsorships and vendor fees. One ILBE business, Journey RV of Goshen, is additionally supporting the Center for Healing & Hope by donating 30 percent of the sales in June to the Center’s work.

Find more information about the Indiana Latino Business Expo at chcclinics.org. To apply for exhibit space or to talk about sponsorship opportunities, contact Development Director Yolo Lopez DeMarco at yperez@chhclinics.org or 574-534-4744 ext. 203.

Special thanks to the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Beacon Health System, Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, R3 Design, Ivy Tech Community College, IOI Pay, Intercambio Express, Bethza Make Up Studio, Paragon Printing, La Raza, El Puente, MasterBrand Cabinets, Goshen College, the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, Everence and the South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership for their support and partnership for the 2019 Indiana Latino Business Expo.