According to the latest U.S. Census data, Latina-owned businesses are the fastest growing segment of small businesses in the country and Latinas control 30 percent of the 1.4 million companies owned by minority women in the United States. Additionally, Hispanic-owned businesses in the U.S. increased by 43.7 percent to 2.3 million from 2002 to 2007, more than twice the overall national rate.
In California, nearly 30 percent of all small businesses are women-owned, while nearly 15 percent are Latino-owned, according to the Small Business Administration.
“Latinas are the fastest-growing group of small business owners in the country,” says Sandy Cajas president of the Long Beach CA - based Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce , which is bringing its annual "Mujeres Del Año" gala on November 10, 2012
Since 2006, The Regional Hispanic Institute has hosted its annual Mujeres del Año Gala Awards Dinner. Mujeres del Año a grand evening that celebrates the outstanding demonstration of character, commitment, civility, community, and citizenship of Mujeres in our communities; from a broad representation of disciplines and areas are awarded for several categories.