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Latino Leaders Invited to EPIC Toledo Summit

Latino leaders are being encouraged to attend the annual EPIC Toledo Summit to be held Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Radisson Hotel at UTMC, 3100 Glendale Ave.

The EPIC Toledo Summit brings more than 200 young professionals, community leaders, and business leaders together for a day of career-enhancing education, expert training, and networking. The day-long event is considered the organization’s signature event for young professionals across the region.

This year’s conference theme is Designing Leaders, with an agenda aimed at giving young professionals the necessary tools to advance their careers and grow as leaders. There will be three development tracks offered: THINK, LEARN, and LIVE:

  • Think about career influences and create a plan;
  • Learn about educational opportunities to achieve goals; and 
  • Live what you learn by making personal and professional development part of the daily routine.

Featured topics will include emotional intelligence, self-leadership, critical thinking and creative problem solving, advanced education, transferrable skills, talent attraction, public speaking, transitioning to management, reverse mentoring, and personal branding.

Keynote speeches will be delivered by Mike Thaman, CEO, Owens Corning; Randy Oostra, president and CEO, ProMedica; and a panel of university presidents from The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Lourdes University, and Owens Community College.

EPIC Toledo was created and designed by the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2007. EPIC stands for “engaging people, inspiring change.” EPIC Toledo works to attract and retain young professional talent to Northwest Ohio and seeks to develop future business and community leaders.

Tickets are $60 for EPIC members and $75 for nonmembers. Continental breakfast and lunch will be served. To register for the event or to get more information visit the website www.epictoledo.com.

El Corazón de Mexico Ballet Folklorico to host buffet fundraiser

El Corazón de Mexico Ballet Folklorico is holding a buffet fundraiser just before Thanksgiving to help fund travel, costumes and other expenses incurred by the nonprofit dance troupe.

A special Mexican buffet will be available on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Cocina de Carlos, 27072 Carronade Dr. in Perrysburg. $20 covers the cost of the all-you-can-eat buffet and one non-alcoholic drink. There will also be raffles, dancing, and live music.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 419.283.1628.


SAFS to Host “Tejano Toys for Tots” Dance, Fundraiser

Sylvania Area Family Services (SAFS) is enlisting the help of Tejano Sound Band for a benefit dance on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, 8 p.m. to midnight, at the SAFS Main Event Center, 5440 Marshall Rd., Sylvania.

The Lansing, Michigan-based Tejano Sound Band won the 2013 Tejano Music Award for best vocal duo for a collaboration between Ricky Valenz and Lupe Moreno on the song “Por El Amor De Una Mujer.” The crowd-pleasing band formed more than 20 years ago, with the desire to have an engaging stage presence and professional sound. The musical act is well-known for their large sound and light show. TSB has recorded three CD’s.

The Tejano Toys for Sylvania Tots dance is a first-time event for the nonprofit group. There will be door prizes and a 50-50 and basket raffles, as well as food and a cash bar. Free appetizers are being offered for the first 50 people in attendance. A DJ also will mix top songs from country, pop, line dances, and more between TSB sets.

$10 and an unwrapped toy are the admission price. More information can be obtained by visiting the SAFS website at www.sa-fs.org or calling 419.882.8415.


InnovateHer Challenge Seeking Women, Minority Entrepreneurs

Latino entrepreneurs can win some serious seed money for the product or service through a national business competition that begins at the local level. Sponsors are encouraging women and minority-owned businesses to apply.

The InnovateHER challenge, created by the U.S. Small Business Administration, is a national competition aimed at unearthing products and services that impact and empower the lives of women and families. Winning entries have a shot at one of three prizes totaling $70,000.

The competition begins with a local round, hosted by The University of Toledo, and ends in a final round with 10 finalists in Washington, D.C. The northwest Ohio regional competition is being held Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 at UT’s Scott Park Campus.

“This is an exciting opportunity to support women and families and at the same time raise awareness for any up and coming business. We hope that Toledo-based businesses can move forward to the national competition in Washington D.C.,” said Shanda Gore, UT’s chief diversity office and vice president of equity, diversity, and community engagement.  

Entrants must register in advance at www.UTInnovateHER.com by noon Friday, Nov 20, 2015. Those entrants will have their documents reviewed; then, local finalists will be chosen on Wednesday, Nov. 25 to present their pitch to a panel of local judges on Dec. 1.

The panel of judges will evaluate each pitch based on whether the product or service has a measurable impact on the lives of women and families, its potential for commercialization, whether it fills a marketplace need, as well as the overall quality of the pitch and the company’s business plan. The winner will be announced the following day and will receive a $1,000 prize for the local contest and a chance to be selected to compete at the national competition.

Linda Parra, president of Nuestra Gente Community Projects, Inc., will serve as one of the judges, along with the dean of UT’s College of Business and Innovation, two small business owners, and the vice president of business banking at Huntington Bank.

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