Growing Success of Chicago Latinas

November 29, 2007 3:04:01 PM PST
As the census shows, Hispanics are the fasting growing minority in the United States. 5.8% of U.S. businesses today are owned by Hispanic Americans. This special edition of "Ñ Beat" focuses on the growing success of Chicago Latinas in business.

This half-hour special is hosted by Theresa Gutierrez and features ABC7 personalities John Garcia and Sylvia Perez. We profile some of Chicago's Latinas who are making a difference.

    The Frida Kahlo Exhibit at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum focuses on one of the most important artists of our time. Most recently profiled in the Academy Award winning motion picture, "Frida," this Mexican painter's works are shown in one of the largest exhibits ever. Frida Kahlo has become one of the most well known Latin American artists of the twentieth century. Despite the physical tragedies that plagued her, she maintained a defiant passion for life.

    Extra Info:
    Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera & Century Mexican Art:
    The Jacques & Natasha Gelman Collection

    Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum
    1852 W. 19th St.
    Chicago, IL 60608
    312.738.1503
    http://www.mfacmchicago.org

    Mudd Fleurs is a floral design business owned by Mexican-American, Gloria Baker. She has designed arrangements for some of Chicago's top stores, as well as for parties and is about to open a retail space on the Gold Coast.

    Extra Info:
    Mudd Fleurs/Gloria Baker
    66 E. Walton
    Chicago, IL 60611
    312.243.6833

    Fashion Designer, Ami Meleccio is a Puerto Rican American who has taken her childhood hobby and transformed it into a thriving clothing design business.

    Extra Info:
    Ami Meleccio Fashions
    Email: a.meleccio@netscape.net
    773.862.9540

    Laticia Peralta Davis has been appointed the CEO of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority by the Governor. She formerly was the President and CEO of her own company-Davis Financial Group, Inc.

    Extra Info:
    Laticia Peralta Davis/CEO MPEA
    773.975.1275
    www.MPEA.com

    Latinas in Leadership is an offshoot of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. This group is helping set the example and pave the way for a new crop of Latina Entrepreneurs and corporate executives.

    Extra Info:
    Latinas in Leadership Committee
    Arabel Alva Rosales/Committee Chairperson:
    773.924.9341

    Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce:
    33 N. LaSalle St.
    Suite 1720
    Chicago, IL 60602
    312.372.3010


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