Keizer, Ore., November 10, 2022– Latino Business Alliance Expo Negocio did not skip a beat in its return on November 10, at the Keizer Civic Center in Keizer, Oregon, the first since 2019. The Expo, which was on a two-year hiatus due to COVID, welcomed more than 200 people to learn how energy efficiency can help their business run better as well as new ideas on how to create economic opportunities for their business and community through workshops hosted by business owners, government representatives, and community leaders.
Sponsored this year by Energy Trust of Oregon, the free bilingual event had guests filter through the doors last Thursday morning, eager to learn what all the event had to offer. This included starting the day with several exhibitor booths from this year’s sponsors including Oregon Health Authority, Oregon Department of Human Services, and more, where guests learned more about the services of their business and received free merchandise.
Expo Negocio hosted Café y Pan Dulce, where those in attendance had the opportunity to network with one another as they exchanged business cards and snacked on coffee and pan dulce, known as sweet bread in English.
A variety of workshops were set up throughout the day, allowing each person the opportunity to pick from which to attend. All workshops were bilingual (Spanish/English) which brought a sense of inclusiveness to everyone in attendance. Representatives from Energy Trust, Paid Leave OR, Latino Microenterprise Development Program, Dry Humor Marketing, and more, hosted these workshops.
As the day continued, guests were treated to a catered lunch from Salem’s Sancho’s Tacos and Grill, and during this time Energy Trust raffled off a gift basket that included items such as a wine bottle, a hydro flask, a candle, and more. Board members of the Latino Business Alliance were also recognized for their hard work and dedication in bringing this event to life.
Picking up where it left off nearly two years ago, Expo Negocio returned in full force. The event provided Latino and non-Latino business owners with educational opportunities to develop diverse intercultural relationships as it welcomed business associations, business owners, non-profits, and more. If you missed out on the event this year, the good news is that you won’t have to wait another two years as Expo Negocio will return next year eager to share even more tools to help your business run better.
About Latino Business Alliance
The Latino Business Alliance is a 501(3)(c) which increases the visibility and financial network of Latino business professionals through an extensive group of members. LBA’s mission is to empower small businesses in financial growth while promoting engagement and visibility within the larger American economy. By building trust in both the Latino Businesses and the Non-Latino community, we can bring together like-minded people with a common vision of a better Willamette Valley for all! The LBA provides education opportunities for Latino businesses and promotes the entrepreneurship and professional development of Latino youth. Learn more at https://latinobizalliance.com/ or call 503-741-9132.
About Energy Trust of Oregon
Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers and communities save energy and benefit from renewable power. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs, supports resilient communities, and helps ensure a more sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org or call 1-866-368-7878.