Hispanic-owned, small businesses recognized in the Tampa Bay area

Prospera celebrates successful entrepreneurship among key stakeholders

TAMPA, Florida., October 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Prospera held its traditional event to celebrate Hispanic entrepreneurship on Thursday October 20 at Armature Works in Tampa. The event, presented by Duke Energy, brought together the nonprofit’s core supporters – funders, customers, volunteers and partners – to recognize local small business owners who have demonstrated success and growth. business since receiving help from Prospera.

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Five success stories have been highlighted, showing how entrepreneurs are stronger than before the pandemic:

The 2022 Prospera Success Stories West Coast Florida event was led by Prospera Regional Vice President Fabien Yépez. The videos of the five winners can be viewed online. In addition to recognized clients, the program featured donors, volunteers and partners in a celebration of local entrepreneurial success and community collaboration to foster economic development.

“For several years, Duke Energy Florida has supported Prospera in its efforts to empower Hispanic entrepreneurs with training, tools and resources so their businesses can grow and thrive,” said Melissa Seixas, President of Florida State of Duke Energy. “With another successful event behind us through Prospera’s Success Stories event, we look forward to exploring other opportunities to support and recognize local small businesses that are improving the lives of the customers and communities we serve.”

“Our organization has generated $4.9 billion of economic impact since its creation in Tampa in 1991, of which $1.2 billion was generated in our West Coast region. We have also marketed more than $66 million in loans to small business clients and generated $27.6 million in direct state and local tax revenue,” said Prospera Regional Vice President Fabien Yépez.

Alongside Duke Energy, the event was made possible with the support of the following sponsors:

  • Hosts: CITY Furniture, TECO, Visit Tampa Bay, Truist and Wells Fargo
  • Champions: Hill Ward Henderson, JPMorgan Chase, Nielsen and Suncoast Credit Union
  • Leaders: Bank of America, GTE Financial, Rays & Rowdies of Tampa Bay and TD Bank

Prospera is a non-profit economic development organization that, since 1991, has specialized in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs who wish to start, maintain and grow their business. Over the past five years, Prospera has facilitated over $61 million in loans, trained more than 18,000 entrepreneurs and helped consulting clients create or maintain more than 16,000 jobs. It serves Florida, North Carolinaand Georgia. For more information, visit prosperausa.org.

Media Contact: Fabien Yépez813-230-0059, [email protected]
Photos available on request



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