Negocios Now is seeking candidates for the second edition of Who is Who in Hispanic Chicago to recognize and celebrate the Hispanic community’s success in the Chicago area.
After the success of the first edition in 2014, Negocios Now announced that it will produce a second special edition and host a gala event Friday, June 2, 2015, at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Candidates will come from a variety of industries including Business, Non-Profits, Media, Cultural & Education, Government, Elected Official and Corporate. Nominations will come from community members based on criteria that have been established for each category. Nominations can be made on the Negocios Now website at www.negociosnow.com/whoiswho. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2015, when the selection committee will begin considering nominations.
“The first Who is Who in Hispanic Chicago event last year was a success,” said Clemente Nicado, publisher of Negocios Now. “This celebration is not just to recognize the Hispanic community contribution, but we are pleased to have strong support from the Latino leaders,” he said.
In the first edition, Negocios Now recognized Robert Bob Ontiveros (Group O) with the Lifetime Achievement Award; James S. Cabrera (UBM Services) for Business of the Year; Maria Prado and Hilda Renteria (Prado & Renteria) with the Latinas in Business Award; George Burciaga (elevateDIGITAL) as Innovator of the Year; Carmen Velasquez (Alivio Medical Center) with the Community Champion Award; and Diego Ferrer with El Amigo de Negocios Now Award.
Regarding the event, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “Chicago is home to a vibrant and dynamic Latino community that has strengthened our culture for generations through entrepreneurship, civic involvement, and the arts. I commend Clemente Nicado and the Negocios Now team for recognizing the steadfast work of these individuals who continue to enlighten all of us while empowering the Latino community.”
U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Javier Palomarez said, “Chicago’s thriving Hispanic business community was proudly showcased at our 2013 USHCC National Convention, where thousands of local entrepreneurs and executives joined to demonstrate the city’s pro-business environment and unstoppable growth. The USHCC is proud of visionary leaders like Clemente Nicado who have been strong advocates of Chicago’s small business community and continue to mainstream the story of the Hispanic entrepreneur.”
About Negocios Now
Negocios Now was founded in 2007 and is published by Nicado Publishing Company. The national award-winning publication is the Midwest’s most dynamic news source for growing Hispanic businesses, focusing primarily on business owners, entrepreneurs and economic development in the Latino community. In 2011 Negocios Now received the “Outstanding Business Publication” and “Outstanding Business Article” awards from the National Association of Hispanic Publications. In May 2012, The Chicago Headline Club, a leading association of local professional journalists, awarded Negocios Now the Peter Lisagor Award for General Excellence, a first for a Hispanic newspaper in Chicago. Publisher Clemente Nicado, is the author of “Así lo hicieron”, a 2012 book featuring profiles of outstanding Hispanic businesspeople in the Chicago area. Negocios Now received two additional national awards in 2013.