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2016 Hispanic-American Entrepreneurship Summit

The U.S. Small Business Administration

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

2016 Hispanic-American Entrepreneurship Summit

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In recognition of the importance of the Hispanic community to our nation’s future, the U.S. Small Business Administration, in cooperation with the White House, is launching the 2016 Hispanic-American Entrepreneurship Summit to celebrate the achievements of Hispanic entrepreneurs and to engage in a substantive dialogue about the nation’s entrepreneurship environment.

Hispanic-American Entrepreneurship Summit: The Path Forward

June 27-28, 2016 - Washington, D.C.


Summit Reception – June 27th

6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Washington, DC - The St. Regis Washington, DC

Networking reception for Administration officials and Hispanic leaders and entrepreneurs from across the nation.

Attire: Business


Summit – June 28th

7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Washington, DC – The U.S. Institute of Peace


7:30 a.m.                          Registration and Networking Breakfast
8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.       Welcome by SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet 

Morning Discussions

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.  Economic Engine: The Importance of the Hispanic Population to America’s Economic Future

Representing one of the fastest growing segments of the U.S. population, Hispanics account for over 55 million, playing an integral role in the American economy.  In the past decade, U.S.-born Hispanics have been the driving force in population growth, surpassing migration counts for any other immigrant population into the U.S.  According to 2012 U.S. Census data, the median age of the U.S. Hispanic population is 27-years-old, nearly 10 years younger than that of non-Latino whites.  Further, Hispanics represent one quarter of all public school enrollment, 17% of the U.S. civilian workforce, and are producing all of the net new businesses.  This panel will discuss the increased presence of Hispanics and their relative youth and the profound implications on governmental, educational, and commercial institutions.

  • Moderator: Jason Furman, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors 
  • Chiqui Cartagena, Senior Vice President, Political and Advocacy Group, Univision
  • Mark Hugo Lopez, Director of Hispanic Research, Pew Hispanic Research Center
  • Remy Arteaga, Executive Director, Entrepreneurship Center, Latino Business Action Network at Stanford University 

10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.  President Obama’s Agenda and Accomplishments:  A Fireside Chat with Denis McDonough, White House Chief of Staff 

10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Strong Communities: Empowering the Growing Hispanic Population

An open dialogue between Federal principals and invited guests to explore the policies instituted under the Obama Administration that have helped advance the Hispanic community and create a steady path forward.

  • Moderator: Diana Farrell, Founding President and CEO, JP Morgan Chase Institute
  • Secretary Sally Jewell, U.S. Department of Interior
  • Administrator Gina McCarthy, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council

11:45 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Funding the Next Generation of Ideas: Hispanic Entrepreneurship

Hispanics own $1.4 trillion (2.2 percent) of the $63.4 trillion in U.S. wealth.  Yet, Hispanics continue to be underrepresented in investment and banking sectors. Hispanic-owned businesses were about half as likely as non-Hispanic-owned businesses to get loans to start a business (about 4 percent and 8 percent, respectively) and this trend continues when businesses seek expansion financing. This panel will cover the challenges facing Hispanic entrepreneurs who are trying to access capital to spur entrepreneurship and fund innovation to advance solutions to the problems facing their communities.  

  • Moderator: Secretary Penny Pritzker, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Javier Saade, Managing Director, Fenway Summer Ventures
  • Juan Sabater, Partner, Valor Capital
  • J. Alberto Yépez, Managing Director, Trident Capital

12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.  Luncheon Keynote Remarks and Awards with Celebrity Chef and Entrepreneur José Andrés

Afternoon Discussions

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.  Technology and its Transformational Impact on Jobs and the Workplace: A Conversation with Secretary Tom Perez, U.S. Department of Labor

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  Economic Outlook with Jeff Zients, Director of National Economic Council and Assistant to the President on Economic Policy

3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Hispanics Advancing U.S. Business Leadership in the Global Marketplace: Latin America Unbound

U.S.-based firms have a significant corporate imperative to attract Hispanic consumers given their tremendous demographic and economic importance.  Further, given the growing economic size and clout of Latin America, as well as the region’s increasing competition for products and services, the Hispanic-American marketplace, is at the forefront of setting consumer trends across Central and South America. The question is who will develop, grow, and scale to lead in Latin American markets?  This panel will explore how Hispanic-Americans, with strong cultural and linguistic ties with Latin America and beyond, can help propel U.S. trade in the region and advance U.S. business leadership in the global marketplace.

  • Moderator: Jason Marczak, Director, Latin America Economic Growth Initiative, Atlantic Council 
  • Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Ambassador Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative
  • Luis Alberto Moreno, President Inter-American Development Bank 

4:15 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.  Image as a Barrier to Opportunity: Impact of Negative and Sparse Media Portrayals of Hispanics

Despite representing 16% of the U.S. population and over 20% of film-going audiences, Hispanics remain underrepresented in film and art.  With Hispanics receiving just under 6% of all film and television roles, stereotypical portrayals persist.  As Hispanics play an increasingly critical role in America’s economy, how can media portrayals better align with true demographics to counter negative stereotypes and help to ensure that Hispanics receive unbiased access to education, jobs, capital and opportunity.

  • Moderator: Antonia Hernandez, President, California Community Foundation
  • Maria T. Cardona, Principal, The Dewey Square Group
  • Lance Rios, Founder & CEO, Being Latino

 4:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks by SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

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SBA gratefully acknowledges the generous donations for the Hispanic-American Entrepreneurship Summit by:


Univision Communications, Inc.


American Express


Lockheed Martin


SBA’s acceptance of these gifts does not constitute an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of the donors or any other person or entity.



Have questions about 2016 Hispanic-American Entrepreneurship Summit? Contact The U.S. Small Business Administration

When & Where

The U.S. Institute of Peace
2301 Constitution Ave NW
(23rd Street Entrance)
Washington, DC 20037

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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The U.S. Small Business Administration

The Summit will begin with an evening reception on June 27th followed by a day long summit on June 28th in Washington, D.C.

Administration Host Committee

(in formation)

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, U.S. Small Business Administration

Secretary Jack Lew, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Secretary Sally Jewell, U.S. Department of the Interior

Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Secretary Penny Pritzker, U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Secretary Tom Perez, U.S. Department of Labor

Secretary Anthony Foxx, U.S. Department of Transportation

Secretary John B. King, Jr., U.S. Department of Education

Denis McDonough, White House Chief of Staff

Administrator Gina McCarthy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Ambassador Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative

Chairman Jason Furman, Council of Economic Advisers


Steering Committee

(in formation)

Pilar Avila, CEO of New America Alliance (NAA)

Honorable Hector V. Barreto, Chairman, The Latino Coalition

Dr. Antonio Flores, President & CEO of Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU)

Yvonne Garcia, Chairwoman, Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA)

Antonia Hernández, President & CEO of California Community Foundation

Janet Murguía, President & CEO, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

Javier Palomarez, President & CEO, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC)

Noel Poyo, Executive Director, National Assoc. for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB)

Roger C. Rocha Jr., National President, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

Honorable Ken Salazar, Partner, WilmerHale

Honorable Linda Sánchez, Chairwoman, Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Cid Wilson, President & CEO, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR)



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