Three Hispanic business owners in the Miami area were honored at the 2017 Prospera Success Stories Luncheon. This year’s event was the first since the economic development organization’s brand change. This annual event brings together Prospera clients and volunteers with government, business and community leaders to recognize a few remarkable clients while raising funds that help sustain programs offered for free to entrepreneurs throughout the year.
Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera attended and recognized the three honorees. Prospera’s Regional Board Chair Odalis Martinez, President and CEO Augusto Sanabria, and South Florida Regional Vice President Myrna Sonora delivered remarks during the event. In addition to reiterating their gratitude to Prospera’s sponsors, they emphasized the importance of small businesses and the positive impact of Hispanic entrepreneurs in our economy. Representatives from event sponsors and Prospera volunteers also addressed 400 attendees at the luncheon.
The 2017 Success Stories honorees were selected among entrepreneurs who have received Prospera services, based on business growth and economic impact. “Prospera is proud to have supported clients such as these that have shown impressive results, all thanks to their hard work and dedication,” said Sonora.
The following Hispanic entrepreneurs were honored:
- Tailleen Arias, owner of The Doral Conservatory and School of the Arts
In 2000, she opened an art preschool to teach children through music since the age of 18 months. These young children would be taught to sing and play various instruments, including the violin, because music lessons expand their minds and intelligence. Music and art play an important part in the core curriculum.
- Sandro Taveras and Ruth Ramos, owners of Taveras Appliance Service
This family-operated business wanted to change the appliance repair industry and its reputation with customer service. With Sandro’s specialization in appliance repair services and Ruth’s customer service expertise, the two made a powerful team. Now, the company employs 12 and have made their children a part of the business.
- Maritza Fuentes, owner of Integrative Health Care Institute
Seeking a change in the medical field, Maritza Fuentes was inspired by holistic practices. The institute brings natural and conventional medicine together in a holistic approach to treat and heal the mind, body and spirit. What started as a small team is now an 18-staff operation. Dr. Fuentes is fully equipped with the tools to grow her business and continue empowering her clients and women in Miami.
The 2017 Prospera Success Stories Luncheon was made possible thanks to these sponsors’ support: Premier – AT&T, Bank of America, UHealth, Wells Fargo; Host – Walmart; Champion – BB&T, FPL, JPMorgan Chase, Mercantil Bank, Art & Sounds, Walt Disney World Resort; Social Media Wall & Photo Booth sponsor Bank of the Ozarks; Small Business Pavilion sponsor Cisneros Insurance; and Parking sponsor F3 Autoleasing.