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Latino Small Business Owners In Stockton and Sacramento, California, Awarded Verizon Wireless Grants

Six Northern California companies receive $2,500, cell phones and air time to spur technological advancement

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June 17, 2009

Heidi Flato
Heidi.Flato@VerizonWireless.com
925-279-6545Sonia Sanchez
sonia.sanchez@rlpublicrelations.com  
310-473-4422

WALNUT CREEK, CA — More than 170 small business owners throughout Northern California applied for several $2,500 grants presented by the Verizon Wireless program Organiza, Crece, Triunfa to encourage technological advancement of Latino-owned enterprises. In all, 24 businesses were selected statewide, with prizes going out to two Stockton businesses. The coveted Small Business Awards prize package, valued at more than $5,000, includes $2,500 in cash, three Motorola Adventure(TM) push-to-talk phones and one Family SharePlan® service valued at $2,500 for one year. Businesses were honored and presented with their awards at a ceremony that took place on June 17th in Stockton.

“Latino businesses are growing at a rapid pace, which increases their owners’ need to learn about and invest in technological solutions that can help their organizations thrive,” said Oscar Madrid Director of Multicultural Marketing for Verizon Wireless’ West Area. “Through Organiza, Crece, Triunfa we want to forge partnerships, educate and help business owners and their organizations get to the next level. We hope these grant awards help each of the winning businesses do just that.”

The winning businesses represent a variety of industries and cities throughout Northern California:

Business, Owner, Location

  • Spanish One Translation, Monica Rodriguez, Sacramento
  • Kosmo’s Burger & Tacos, Delfino Maciel, Stockton
  • Plaza Garibaldi, Connie Alvarez, San Jose
  • Video Club Mexico, Olivia Gonzalez and Jose Gonzalez, San Jose
  • Andrade International Inc, Daniel Gonzalez, Fresno
  • Multi Therapy Clinic, Victor Martinez, Fresno

Virtually all business owners mentioned the need to update their systems and ‘modernize’ their operations, but Monica Rodriguez from Spanish One Translation in Stockton spoke for many when she addressed how she could use the Verizon Wireless’ technology grant to provide resources to employees.

“This program has given me the tools necessary to be able to hire an employee and compensate them for their time as well as provide them with a mobile phone to complete their tasks.”

As part of Organiza, Crece, Triunfa, Verizon Wireless partnered with local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce to host local mixers called “Café con Leche” where small business owners learned about marketing strategies and technology solutions to help their firms flourish. Small business owners can continue to access business tools including articles, business directory, events and products and services which can provide new ways to move and grow your small business into the 21st century by visiting www.verizonmicroempresa.com or www.verizonwirelesssmallbusiness.com. To date, more than 1,000 businesses have submitted their information and created their own personal Web page on the Organiza, Crece, Triunfa site where customers can view and find out more about their services.

For more information about Organiza, Crece, Triunfa, the program, please visit www.verizonmicroempresa.com or www.verizonwirelesssmallbusiness.com.  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 86.6 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 86,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

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