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Hispanic business forum planned for Oct. 23

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Sep. 26, 2013, at 11:31 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Sep. 26, 2013, at 5:42 p.m.

Gov. Sam Brownback will lead a discussion on empowering small businesses at a Hispanic Business Forum in Wichita on Oct. 23.

The forum includes two panel discussions, one titled “Resources to Make Your Business a Success,” and a general session titled “Showcasing Your Business.”

The half-day event is sponsored by the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission, the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City, and the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Panelists for the first discussion include Rhonda Harris, Kansas Department of Commerce minority- and women-owned business director; Jamie Hofling, NetWork Kansas senior product manager for economics; Charles Dilliehunt, Kansas Department of Transportation program consultant; and Wayne Bell, U.S. Small Business Administration district director in Wichita.

Caleb Asher, president and CEO of Sprout Communications in Topeka, will give the general-session presentation.

The second panel discussion will include Brownback; Pat George, Department of Commerce secretary; Patricia Ramirez-Cebert, Earles Engineering & Inspection president; Diana Ramirez, owner of Express Employment Professionals and Specialized Recruiting Group; Michael Barrera, director of National Coalitions and Entrepreneurship, the Libre Initiative; and Derrick Bauer, president and CEO of Zumit Corp.

The forum will take place at the National Center for Aviation Training at 4004 N. Webb Road.

For more information or to register, visit KansasCommerce.com/HispanicForum or call 785-296-2994 by Oct. 11.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mmcmillin.

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