The inaugural Latina Business Excellence Summit, aiming to celebrate and empower Latina entrepreneurs, will be held on May 9 from 3-7 p.m. at the River Center in Des Moines. The summit’s goal is to increase access to opportunities, representation and resources. The event will include speakers, an expo to connect with other Latina-owned businesses and resource groups and an unveiling of the new JEFAS – Latina in Business Magazine, highlighting Latina entrepreneurs in Iowa.

The following Latina business owners have co-founded the event:

  • Claudia Schabel, president and CEO of Schabel Solutions.
  • Rocio Hermosillo Tarin, co-founder and team leader for ELLLA Real Estate Team.
  • Blanca Plascencia, co-owner of El Fogon Restaurants and the upcoming restaurant El Guacamole Patio and Cantina in Waukee.
  • Perlla Deluca, CEO of Southeast Constructors and co-founder of the Iowa School of Construction.
  • Erika Macias, owner of Hola Iowa/Hola America News.

“It’s exciting to do something to encourage and inspire others to fulfill their own visions. That’s what really drives me,” Schabel said in a prepared statement. “This is for Latinas by Latinas. There are a lot of things done by others for us that don’t always fulfill our needs or inspire us the way we can inspire each other.” To learn more or get tickets, visit the event page.