October 10, 2017

2017 RWN Summit Business Conference

Women in the Driver’s Seat: Navigating Pathways and Detours Along the Road to Success

October 17, 2017 | Double Tree Henrietta

The Rochester Women’s Network (RWN) is a premier networking organization for professional women in all stages of their careers in the Greater Rochester Area, committed to the professional and personal growth of its members. [Read more…]

Business, Leadership, and Race


Ongoing racial tensions in this country are acting as a catalyst for business leaders to delve into issues of race and racism within their own organizations. [Read more…]

Learn to Soar 3.0


Would you like to learn how to get your business certified as women- or minority-owned so you can compete for government contracts? [Read more…]

SCORE offers workshop on financial matters

Do you need help with accounting, record-keeping or taxation issues? The Greater Rochester Chapter of SCORE is offering a workshop called “Accounting/Record Keeping & Tax Issues for Small Business.”

The class will be from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, at the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, 150 State St.

Lisa Pelletier, owner of Pelletier Accounting and Tax Services, is teaching the workshop. Cost is $49 and includes continental breakfast and lunch. Advance registration is required. To learn more about the workshop or to register, click here.

2017 Latinas Unidas Scholarship Golf Tournament

It’s time to dust off your golf clubs and hit the driving range in preparation for the First Annual Latinas Unidas Scholarship Golf Tournament! [Read more…]

Borinquen Dance Theatre 36th Anniversary

Borinquen Dance Theatre presents “Together We Dance, United  We Soar”, the 36th anniversary community performance at Hochstien School in Downtown Rochester. Get tickets before they sell out! [Read more…]

Gear up to grow your business

Are you interested in expanding your business through joint venture, merger or acquisition? Are you concerned that your family business or partnership is unprotected? Would you like to learn about new or proposed federal regulations coming out of Washington, D.C.? Do you want to learn new techniques for selling products and services to various types of customers?

Then check out “Gear up to grow your business,” a day of workshops, networking, and meetings with a variety of lenders, sponsored by the Greater Rochester Chapter of SCORE. The event begins at 8:15 a.m. at Oak Hill Country Club, 145 Kilbourn Road. The entire event is free, including a continental breakfast and luncheon.

Attendees will have the opportunity to choose two out of four workshops to attend in the morning. At lunch, SCORE will honor its 2017 Client of the Year. From 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., during the bank matchmaker event, attendees can meet one-on-one with a variety of lenders.

Regardless of the size of your business, whether you are a solo entrepreneur or you have been in business many years, this event is for you.

For more information and to register, click here.

Masquerade Ball Supports Rotary Projects

The Foundation of the Rochester Latino Rotary Club will host its 8th annual Masquerade Ball from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Diplomat Banquet Center. There will be music, dinner, dancing, and raffles. Proceeds help to support service projects. Tickets are $50 each or $450 for a table of ten.   Tickets can be purchased on www.latinorotary.com.   The Foundation is a non‐profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Therefore, a portion of your ticket purchase is tax deductible.

Seeking to expand your business acumen?

The Greater Rochester Chapter of SCORE is offering several workshops this spring focused on giving entrepreneurs the tools to start or grow their businesses. Upcoming sessions include Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media; Content Marketing: What to say, how to say it; Financial Dashboard for Small Business; HR 101: Key Issues and How to Solve Them; and Small Business Start-up and Survival (series).

For more information on these and other workshops: visit here.

Looking for a business loan or grant?

Mayor Lovely Warren is inviting business owners in the city of Rochester to attend an information session to learn how to access the City’s loans, grants and services in order to grow or improve their business.

Department of Neighborhood and Business Development Commissioner (NBD) Bayé Muhammad will be joined by NBD staff to present information on the various types of loans, services and grants available to city business owners. Such programs can assist with the purchase of furniture, fixtures, equipment, real estate, renovations, façade improvements and more.

Information sessions are scheduled as follows:

5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, March 16: Frederick Douglass R-Center, 999 South Ave.
5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, March 30: Edgerton R-Center, 41 Backus St.
5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 13: Carter Street R-Center, 500 Carter St.
5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 27: Port of Rochester, Harbor Center, 1000 N. River St.


To RSVP contact Horace Allen at 585.428.6169 or via email at Horace.allen@cityofrochester.gov.

2017 NYS Budget and Legislative Session: Issues of Interest to Employers

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce VP of Public Policy and Advocacy Chris Wiest, will be holding a 1 hour meeting regarding the topic below.  Attendees will  have a greater understanding of the 2017 NYS Budget and the impact on the Rochester business community.  It will help to navigate the decisions being made in Albany and properly lead and align organizations to thrive in this economic environment.


As a member of the Rochester Hispanic Business Association you are cordially invited to this informational session.


Date: Monday, March 13, 2017

Time: 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Location: Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce

Cost: complimentary, registration is required

RSVP:  please email to register

Deadline to register: Friday, March 10, 2017




2017 NYS Budget and Legislative Session:  Issues of Interest to Employers


Presenter:  Chris Wiest, Vice President Public Policy & Advocacy

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.


Will Upstate finally get ridesharing?  Will free SUNY tuition come to pass?  How about long overdue Workers’ Compensation reform?  Join us for a special Rochester Chamber affiliates briefing on the Executive budget and legislative session.  At this meeting, Rochester Chamber VP of Public Policy & Advocacy, Chris Wiest, will share highlights on the proposed 2017 NYS budget and its potential impact on employers and the broader community.  This will be an interactive meeting, so come prepared to share your ideas and thoughts!

Using Digital Marketing for Lead Generation in 2017 and Beyond Session

The sales process has completely flipped in this era of unlimited access to information.

In this session, we will help you prepare your organization for future growth.

Whether you are in a small company looking to scale the business or a small to mid-size company that needs to continuously fill the sales funnel, this session will be full actionable insights. Business owners, executives, business development specialists, marketing/sales professionals, and digital strategists will all benefit from the information presented at this event.

Guest Speaker: Julio Ahumada, Founder & President, ZaZa Digital Marketing

For more information or to sign up for this session today, click here.

Latinas Unidas Scholarships

Deadline Extended: Applications due Oct. 21st 2016

Latinas Unidas awards scholarships to adult Latinas who desire to pursue post-secondary education or formal training.

For more information visit the Latinas Unidas website atwww.latinasunidas.org.

SCORE to Host “Learn to Soar 2.0”

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Members of the Rochester Hispanic Business Association are invited to “Learn to Soar 2.0,” a free seminar and networking event for small business owners on Wednesday, Sept. 28.

The Greater Rochester Chapter of SCORE and ESL are sponsoring the event, which begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. at Monroe Golf Club, 155 Golf Ave., Pittsford.

Learn to Soar 2.0 builds on the success of the 2015 “Learn to Soar” event, which 200 people attended to learn ways to improve their business success and acumen. Workshop topics will include:


  • Back2Biz: 30 Ways to Grow Your list
  • The Power of the Inbox
  • Grow Your Business with Email and Social Media
  • Social Media Explained
  • 8 Ways to Use Video to Grow Your Business
  • Sales Process and Closing Techniques
  • Successful Negotiating Techniques
  • Promoting Your Business on a Zero Budget
  • What is a Balance Sheet?
  • Panel Discussion on Alternatives for Financing Your Business

Attendees can choose three workshops to attend. The event includes morning pastries and coffee, a free box lunch, and plenty of time for networking. The program will end with a reception and cash bar.

Pre-registration is required for this event and can be done at SCORE. For more information, call (585) 263-6473.

The Rochester chapter of SCORE is a volunteer organization with more than 80 experienced business professionals serving Monroe and surrounding counties. These professionals offer one-on-one business advice and mentoring for new and existing businesses, in addition to SCORE offering a robust schedule of workshops at low cost. SCORE is also part of a national network of 11,500-plus volunteers in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Separate is Never Equal



7 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, the Mendez family helped end school segregation in California.

Seperate is Never EqualRochester, New York – The Rochester Latino Theatre Company, Inc. (RLTC) brings to life the story of Sylvia Mendez in “Separate Is Never Equal” at MuCCC Theater located on 142 Atlantic Avenue on June 10th& 11th with a 7:30pm show and June 11th & 12th with a 2pm matinee. Tickets are available online at MUCC. $15 advance, $18 at the door, VIP Reception 6pm Friday Night Reception $20 advance, $25 at the Door, catered by Salena’s Mexican Restaurant.

Separate Is Never Equal is written by Don Bartalo and Annette Ramos which tells a little-known yet important story of the fight to end school discrimination against Mexican-American children. Most associate the fight for school integration with the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education (1954). However, seven years earlier (1947), Mexican-American students in California saw an end to discrimination there. “We have taken on the cause to rewrite American history to include Latino voices with this production. The script and the cast are multi-lingual reflecting the diversity that this play deserves,” said writer Don Bartalo.

The little girl at the center of this true story is Sylvia Mendez, a child in the 40’s of Mexican and Puerto-Rican descent, who was not allowed to attend a “White’s Only” school. Sylvia is the daughter of parents who looked forward to sending her and her brothers to the school near their newly leased farm. The cast of 22 local actors has 2 Latina youth playing the part of Sylvia Mendez who are new to the stage. RLTC is committed to nurturing and developing local talent and educating non-Latino audiences on the untold stories of Latinos in American history.

RLTC’s mission is to raise awareness of the Latino experience through Bilingual theatrical performances & workshops. RLTC is in their 5th season. RLTC Director of Marketing and Board Member Gabriella Clark says, “The story of Sylvia Mendez needs to be kept alive because it highlights the triumph of a Latino family who never stopped pushing for the education their children deserved. The inequality in Separate is Never Equal is something that too many Latino families still struggle with today. By continuing to tell this story, the community can join together in strength no matter where anyone comes from.”

For more information contact Annette Ramos at 585 576-5441 or at latinastoryteller@gmail.com.


Mundo Premier obra basada en el libro de niños

7 años antes de que Brown contra la Junta de Educación , la familia Méndez ayudó a terminar con la segregación escolar en California.

Rochester, New York – El Rochester Latino Theatre Company, Inc. ( RLTC ) da vida a la historia de Sylvia Méndez en “Separado nunca es igual” en el Teatro MuCCC situado en 142 Atlantic Avenue el 10 de junio y 11 con un espectáculo de 7:30 pm y el 11 de Junio y 12 de con una sesión matinal a las 2:00 pm. Los boletos están disponibles en línea en MUCC . $15 por adelantado, $18 en la puerta, la recepción VIP 6:00 pm son $20 por adelantado, $25 en la puerta, habra comida de Salena’s restaurante mexicano.

“Separado nunca es igual” está escrito por Don Bartalo y Annette Ramos que cuenta una historia poco conocida pero importante de la lucha para poner fin a la discriminación contra los niños de la escuela de origen mexicano. La mayoría de asociar la lucha por la integración escolar con el histórico caso de Brown v. Board of Education (1954). Sin embargo, siete años antes (1947), los estudiantes estadounidenses de origen mexicano en California vieron fin a la discriminación allí. “Hemos asumido la causa de reescribir la historia de Estados Unidos para incluir las voces latinas con esta producción. El guión y el elenco son multilingües que refleja la diversidad que esta producción merece”, dijo el escritor Don Bartalo.

La niña en el centro de esta historia real es Sylvia Méndez, una niña en los años 40 del ascendencia mexicana y Puerto – Rico, que no se le permitió asistir a una ” Sólo para Blancos” escuela. Sylvia es hija de padres que esperaban el envío de ella y sus hermanos a la escuela cerca de su granja recién. El elenco de 22 actores locales tiene 2 jóvenes latinas en el papel de Sylvia Méndez que son nuevas en el escenario. RLTC se ha comprometido a nutrir y desarrollar el talento local y educar al público en las historias no contadas de los latinos en la historia de América.

La misión de RLTC es dar a conocer la experiencia de los latinos a través de representaciones teatrales y talleres bilingües. RLTC está en su quinta temporada. Directora RLTC de relaciones públicas
y Miembro de la Junta Gabriella Clark dice, “La historia de Sylvia Méndez necesita ser mantenido con vida porque pone de mérito el triunfo de una familia latina que nunca dejó de empujar para la educación que sus
hijos merecían. La desigualdad en Separado Nunca es Igual es algo que muchas familias latinas siguen luchando con la actualidad. Al continuar para contar esta historia, la comunidad puede unirse en la fuerza”.

Para más información contacte Annette Ramos at 585 576-5441 or at latinastoryteller@gmail.com. Entradas a la venta en línea a www.mucc.org.