Three local Hispanic-owned businesses were honored at the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida’s (Prospera) 2016 Success Stories Luncheon, presented by Tampa Bay Area BMW Centers. The event is the organization’s annual fundraiser to recognize outstanding entrepreneurs who received technical assistance from the nonprofit organization and have demonstrated success and growth since then. At the end of the event, the nonprofit organization launched a new brand, to be implemented within weeks.
Florida Governor Rick Scott and Hillsborough County Administrator Michael Merrill delivered remarks at the event. Additionally, Gov. Scott presented a Business Ambassador medals to the three event honorees. Representatives from event Host Sponsors Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Nielsen and BB&T also spoke at the event. More than 400 West Coast government, business and community leaders attended alongside Prospera clients and volunteers.
The entrepreneurs honored at the event were selected based on the growth and economic impact of their business. “Our clients are hard-working, determined individuals and our reason for existing as an organization,” said Fabián Yépez, vice president of Prospera in the West Coast region. “It’s extremely rewarding to see the positive impact we have on each entrepreneur’s business and family.”
These were the three Hispanic-owned businesses recognized:
- ISSA Rehab Services (Owners: Patricia de la Ossa & Guillermo Saavedra)
Provides continuing comprehensive health care for patients of all ages. Specialized in lymphatic treatments, wound care associated with Venus insufficiency; Pain Management by MYK Technique; Vestibular: balance, movement disorders; Kinesiotaping; Adaptive Tango; Massage Therapy and Acupuncture.
- COS Janitorial Services (Owners: Oscar Pineda, Brenda Pineda, Cristian Pineda and Smiley Pineda)
This family-owned and operated business offers complete commercial cleaning with tailored services to meet client’s needs. They handle any cleaning, dusting or washing, and use high-end commercial cleaning products.
- Paola’s Beauty Boutique (Owner: Paola Cruz)
Full-service, skin and body salon that offers a wide selection of treatments ranging from skin analysis and facials to waxing in a clean and comfortable location with high quality cosmetic products and affordable prices.
At the end of the luncheon, Prospera launched its new brand, which will go into effect in a few weeks. After 25 years of serving Hispanic entrepreneurs in Florida, the organization is rebranding to better meet the needs of its clients, funders and community partners. “We are the same organization and will continue to deliver top quality programs to Hispanic entrepreneurs, but with a revitalized brand to position our organization for continued success and better engage with clients and supporters,” said Yépez. Prospera will become Prospera, and the tagline “advancing Hispanic business”.
The 2016 Success Stories Luncheon was made possible thanks to these sponsors’ support: Presenting Sponsor: Tampa Bay Area BMW Centers. Host Sponsors: Bank of America, BB&T, Nielsen and Wells Fargo. Champion Sponsors: Florida Blue, Suncoast Credit Union and Duke Energy. Honorary Sponsors: JP Morgan Chase, SunTrust and US Ameribank. Media Sponsors: Estrella TV, iHeart Media and Telemundo Tampa.