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This page is about the St. Joseph County Latin American Chamber of Commerce

Congratulations, CLASS 50! Thank you to Leadership SBM and Kristine Higler for your great work!A special congrats to Arianda Sandoval and LaQuisha Jackson. Both of you have accomplished so much! Watch out, world—the new leaders in our community are here! ... See MoreSee Less
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Join us!!! If you would like to be a vendor we would love to have you!!! Please email [email protected] ... See MoreSee Less
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The City of South Bend and South Bend Venues Parks & Arts are bringing back Fusion Fest for its second year on Saturday, September 14 from 11am-8pm and Sunday, September 15 from 11am-5pm at Howard Park 🌎We are looking for vendors, artisans, and performers who are passionate about sharing their culture through food, art, storytelling, music, dance, and more! Applications are now open and can be found by visiting sbfusionfest.com. The deadline to apply is 11:59pm on July 19.The multicultural, two-day festival will be filled with food vendors, music, demonstrations, and artisans from every region of the world. Fusion Fest will take over the entirety of Howard Park and surrounding streets and will be separated into global regions with stages and vendors located at each corresponding region: North America/South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia/Australia. ... See MoreSee Less
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Bienvenido Community Solutions, LLC announces the launch of the Se parte del cambio (Be part of the change) Latino Leadership ProgramBienvenido Community Solutions, LLC is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Community Pro-Education and Crossroads United Way, Serving Elkhart, Noble, and LaGrange Counties, Goshen Chamber of Commerce, Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, Latin American Chamber of Commerce, Greater Fort Wayne Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Goshen College to launch the Se parte del cambio, Latino Leadership Program. The leadership program will begin on Thursday, June 13, 2024.The leadership program seeks to prepare Latino leaders to increase their leader’s influence in community and become more civically engaged in their communities across North Central Indiana. The leadership program is based on the book titled, The Power of Latino Leadership, Ahora, by Juana Bordas. The leadership curriculum is focused on several areas of leadership such as: leadership and destiny, leadership and cultural assets, leadership and communication, leadership and advocacy, leadership and public service, leadership with the people, and leadership and public policy. Four main objectives of the leadership program, Se parte del cambio are:• Leadership awareness and ways to build the leader's influence in community• Develop leadership learning opportunities for Latino leaders• Learn about local government municipalities and their impact on community• Promote civic engagement and volunteerism in communityLeadership participants will meet once per month for eight months. Leaders from the community, elected officials, and community leaders will share their leadership stories and experiences with leadership participants. The leadership sessions will be held at the offices of the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, and Latin American Chamber of Commerce, South Bend.This program is made possible by Bienvenido Community Solutions, LLC and the generous support of Crossroads United Way, with additional funding provided through a matching grant from Indiana United Way and Lilly Endowment Inc.The mission of Bienvenido Community Solutions is to offer training to leaders in group facilitation, leadership training, and offer consultancy to community-based organizations, health disparities research units at colleges and universities, and health and mental health organizations.The mission of Community Pro-Education is to provide family wellness activities, higher education scholarships, and promote cultural diversity in the community through strategic collaborations with other organizations. The mission of Crossroads United Way: Serving Elkhart, LaGrange and Noble Counties is as follows: we fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our communities. We work to advance the common good.Latino leaders from North Central Indiana who are interested in the Se parte del cambio leadership program can contact Dr. Gilberto Perez Jr., at [email protected] to obtain a leadership application. For more information please contact:Gilberto Pérez Jr., Ed.D., MSWBienvenido Community Solutions, LLC[email protected] Manuel CortezCommunity Pro-Education[email protected] Bill PurcellCrossroads United Way[email protected] ... See MoreSee Less
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Latina Women Extending Their Reach

Latina Women Extending Their Reach is an amazing panel of professional women who have combined their experience and ideas with their dream of establishing positive contacts within our community and extending their reach to others.

Kristin Bien

Kristin has been anchoring and reporting at WSBT 22 for 10 years. She is an award-winning journalist who anchors the weekend morning shows and produces community-based high-impact stories for WSBT 22 First in the Morning. Her energy and enthusiasm helps wake you up and keep you informed every morning as you start your day.

Kristin focuses on breaking news and stories that matter to you. Most recently you saw her at the scene of a devastating tornado on South Bend’s south side. She has also done several stories on the opioid epidemic and it’s effect on people in our area. Her long time series on cold cases helped investigators in some of our local communities gather new leads and interest in long forgotten homicide cases.  While working at WSBT, Kristin has won several major statewide awards including 3 first place awards from the Indiana Associated Press.

Before joining WSBT 22, she worked at KMOT-TV in Minot, North Dakota where she was an anchor, reporter, photographer, assignment editor and assistant news director.

Kristin grew up in Huntley, Illinois, just outside Chicago. She lives in Granger with her husband, two children and their dogs. When she is not at work, you can find her at the gym or taking a nap.

 

Kristin Bien
Cecilia Lopez Monterroza

Cecilia Lopez Monterroza

Experienced Associate Attorney with a demonstrated history of working in the law practice industry. Fluent in English and Spanish. I focus my practice in Criminal Defense, family law all aspects of Immigration law, including removal defense, asylum, family-based petitions, Special Immigrant Juvenile, U-visa, VAWA, waivers. Strong legal professional graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law and is a CLEO fellowship recipient, completed at the University of Notre Dame Law School.

Angeles Gonzalez

As an HR professional Angeles is passionate in building compassionate, positive, inclusive, respectful communities. Colleagues know her as a dedicated team member that can always be trusted to be knowledgeable, energetic, kind, and dependable. Currently Angeles is partnering with the City of South Bend to assist in the promotion and management of the Mayor’s Career Pathways Program. This program gives South Bend residents and South Bend based companies the opportunity to apply for grants to train, upskill, and enhance participant’s career paths.

Angeles Gonzalez
Adriana Garcia Bontreger

Adriana Garcia Bontreger

born in Guanajuato Mexico and moved to Goshen, IN at 4 years old, brings over 7 years of experience in business development. Adriana has a tremendous love and passion for her community and serves in a variety of community networks. She is Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Committee Chair of Business Diversity Initiative, a Goshen Chamber Board member, Oaklawn Board member, Goshen YP and Elkhart Chamber Ambassador. As the Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager at Centier Bank, Adriana’s vision is to create and foster relationships that lead to solutions and long-term success.

Congratulations 2021 Empresario Certified Graduates.

Thank you, City of South Bend, and all of our amazing graduates! Watch the entire presentation right here.

Community Service Awards

Susannah M. Bueno

Susannah M. Bueno

Susannah is an independent contractor that is trained and educated in helping to overcome a growing problem the entire nation is currently experiencing, the language barrier. With an extensive background in teaching, translating and interpretation, she has developed skills from a variety of professional career paths she has taken that have opened many doors, allowing her to accomplish this task. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Susannah decided early in her career to take the path as an educator. In 1996, her ambition and dedication took her to one of the best high schools in the country, Penn High School in Mishawaka, IN, and remained there as an educator until 2001.Her skills have also taken her to become the only simultaneous news broadcaster interpreter for a local news television station, WSBT Channel 22, a CBS affiliate, via the SAP program. She has recorded commercials for the local Spanish channel Telemundo and has had extensive experience with voiceovers for advertising companies in the area. In addition, she currently does freelance work as a telephone interpreter with Certified Languages International, based in Oregon. Her most recent accomplishment is obtaining the certification as a Court Interpreter for the State of Indiana.  Susannah belongs to many professional affiliations: ATA (American Translators Association), MATI (Midwest Association of Translators and Interpreters), and NIMIA (Northern Indiana Medical Interpreters Association) among others.

Martha Smith

Martha Smith

Martha was born and grew up in Managua, Nicaragua.  She is a third generation business owner.  Her grandmother and mother owned and operated small, home-based micro-businesses, which they each single-handedly built from the ground up.  She arrived in the United States, after marrying Gary Smith. Gary and Martha daughters, Hazel and Heather.  Martha recently obtained a Master of Science Degree in Leadership from Trine University and she is a graduate of Ferris State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Business ‘Administration.  Martha served as Project Director of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative at Saint Mary’s College from 2010 – 2016. She currently serves as Administrative Director of the Summer Institute called Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) at Saint Mary’s and is a Forum Leader for a Woman’s Group at Renaissance Executive Forums of Northern Indiana.  She and her husband own and operate two small businesses.  One is a local mini-storage facility and the other one is a business to business textile distribution company. Martha has served as community volunteer with the Niles YMCA and the Senior Citizens Center, as well as Hospice of Saint Joseph County. Hobbies and interests include reading, spending time with her grandchildren, traveling around the United States and Latin America, and power walking whenever she gets a chance.

Cynthia A. Murphy

Cynthia A. Murphy

 Bilingual professional educator that works in collaboration with Latino and other underrepresented students/community members to reach their academic, personal, and career goals. Currently working at IUSB as Academi Coach/Recruitment and Retention for Latino Students. Center for Legal Justice, Board Member. CLJ is a 501 (c) 3, bilingual law office headed by Lead Attorney Rose Rivera. CLJ is now accepting consultations for students in northern Indiana who believe they may qualify for Deferred Action.

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