GOSHEN — The 2019 Indiana Latino Business Expo will feature dozens of area Latino-owned businesses, including realty, design, catering, insurance, event décor, clothing and makeup companies, along with door prizes and giveaways.

The Indiana Latino Business Expo is open to the public from 4 to 8 p.m. June 12 at Ivy Tech Community College, 22531 C.R. 18. A resource room for those looking to begin or advance a business will be open until 5 p.m.

The annual event highlights Latino business owners and entrepreneurs, while providing an opportunity for all to network and find what area Latino businesses can offer them.

Boling Vision Center will also be providing free vision screenings at the event.

The  Indiana Latino Business Expo is the only expo in the state that supports and connects Latino businesses to each other and to the broader community. The Indiana Latino Business Expo formed after the Center for Healing & Hope hosted a successful open house for Latino business owners in June 2017. In June 2018, the Center launched the first expo for Latino entrepreneurs that included a keynote session for Latino business owners, followed by a public expo of Goshen-area Latino-owned businesses.

The Center for Healing & Hope organizes Indiana Latino Business Expo as an extension of its focus on health care.

“We believe healthy families create healthy businesses and they contribute to a healthy community,” said Center for Healing & Hope Executive Director Bryan Mierau. “Come to ILBE to discover how we can work together to build a stronger, more vibrant community for all of us.”

The  Indiana Latino Business Expo also provides some funding for the Center for Healing & Hope through sponsorships and vendor fees. One  Indiana Latino Business Expo business, Journey RV of Goshen, is supporting the Center for Healing & Hope by donating 30 percent of the sales in June to the center’s work.

More information about the Indiana Latino Business Expo is available at www.chcclinics.org. Participants can apply for exhibit space or talk about sponsorship opportunities by contacting Development Director Yolo Lopez DeMarco at yperez@chhclinics.org or 574-534-4744, Ext. 203.

Other  Indiana Latino Business Expo supporters include Community Foundation of Elkhart County, Beacon Health System, Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, R3 Design, Ivy Tech Community College, IOI Pay, Intercambio Express, Bethza Make Up Studio, Paragon Printing, La Raza, El Puente, MasterBrand Cabinets, Goshen College, the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, Everence and the South Bend-Elkhart Regional Partnership.

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