Among those in attendance were esteemed community leaders Frank Avila, Santa Clarita assistant city manager; Gloria Mercado-Fortine, board member of William S. Hart High School District; Bruce Fortine, board of trustee, College of the Canyons; Isaac Barcelona with Senator Knight’s office; and Anna Frutos-Sanchez, public affairs region manager for Southern California Edison. As Frutos-Sanchez stated, “The event was very successful in reaching out to and celebrating our Latino businesses.”
Adding to the experience were local food sponsors California Bakery and Café, Tequila 88, Reyes Winery, Taco Bar Catering, Cheers at All Corked Up and Persia Restaurant. “Each sponsor was able to showcase the quality of their products while providing a taste of the establishments that make Santa Clarita the great city that it is,” said Julio Del Rio, Our Valley’s magazine co-founder. “SOS Entertainment provided all the lighting and sound, as well as a big screen for Our Valley’s clients to see their brand displayed throughout the night.”
Our Valley’s magazine is a multimedia bilingual advertising and networking concept created to help bridge the gap between local businesses and the Hispanic market. The concept was created and incubated at the Power Woman Business Center, a 501 c3 nonprofit organization based out of Santa Clarita Valley. From there, the magazine went on to achieve success and was recently awarded as “New Business of the Year 2011” by the Santa Clarita Valley Latino Chamber of Commerce. PWBC founder, Patricia Gracia, describes the magazine as “the answer to our community’s increasing awareness of our local Hispanic community. They are helping the economy by providing a means to generate more business through bilingual advertising.”
About Power Woman Business Center:
A 501C3 nonprofit organization, Power Woman Business Center was founded by Patricia and Tony Gracia, with the mission to create jobs in order to stimulate our recovering economy. The organization serves as an incubator for entrepreneurs who lack the necessary resources in successfully creating a business. Established in the Santa Clarita Valley Enterprise Zone, the PWBC facility provides office equipment such as cubicles, computers, fax machines, telephones, Internet, along with a conference room and even a fully stocked kitchen
As a business incubator, Power Woman Business Center’s bottom line is to create jobs by bringing new businesses to the area with an emphasis in helping start-ups and current business owners. Patricia Gracia believes in the importance of new business start-ups to help our recovering economy and job market from the recent recession.
The Power Woman Business Center facility provides the most necessary office equipment and services (at minimum cost!) that an entrepreneur might not otherwise have access to and/or be able to afford.
Business consulting services from A to Z at a minimum cost
Professional and personalized call center
Reception area for your visitors
Handling of incoming mail and fax
Coffee and tea served every morning
It is this kind of dedication, along with community and board member support, that allows the program to continue running.
The board members are as follows:
Elena Galvez: City of Santa Clarita- Management Analyst for the Department of Administrative Services.
Gloria Mercado Fortine: William S. Hart Union High School District - President Governing Board.
Dr. Claudia Acosta: College of the Canyons- President of the Santa Clarita Valley International Programs.
Rocio Montagner: representative of Bankers Life & Casualty and ProEquities.
Susana Ulloa: Bank of Santa Clarita- First Vice President Client Service Manager.
Patsy Ayala: Our Valleys Magazine-Corporate Relations Director.
Zaida Christe: Keller Williams VIP Properties- Realtor.