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Enrique Carrillo is man of the hour with the Fourth Hispanic Business Expo


“This is our fourth Expo and it is bigger than ever and I have had the pleasure of organizing the event these past two years with the help of a myriad of companies and individuals,” said Enrique Carrillo, who chairs the HBA committee that hosts the highly successful Latino business exposition, held again this year at Detroit’s Marriott Renaissance Center, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29.


“We have over 115 display booths and over 50 sponsors, a dramatic increase over last year; we also expect over 1,000 in attendance,” added Carrillo.

Sponsors include: Comerica, General Motors Corporation, Univision Detroit, Hennessey Capital Solutions, Comcast, DaimlerChrysler, and DTE Energy.


“It is Hispanic Expos like this—Michigan’s largest—which will enable Latinos to encounter and interact with large Fortune 500 corporations and vice-versa,” continued Carrillo.


Carrillo is a vice president at Comerica, who heads the bank’s Hispanic Initiative in Michigan; he is a commissioner with Michigan’s Commission on Spanish Speaking Affairs. Carrillo also hosts an annual Pachanga Cubana at his home in Bloomfield Hills, where Cuban cuisine and culture are celebrated. 

Thursday’s Expo agenda includes: registration at 8:00AM on the 3rd floor of the Ontario Exhibit Hall; a ribbon cutting and opening remarks from 9:15-9:30AM, followed by the Expo until 4:00PM. Topics include: “How to Sell into a Large Corporation” (9:00-9:50AM, 5th floor, Brule Room); Winning Marketing and Sales Strategies (10:00-10:50AM, 5th floor, Brule Room); Financing for Success (11:00-11:50AM, 5th floor, Brule Room); and Luncheon with keynote speaker George Franco (12:30-2:00PM, 4th Floor, Renaissance Ballroom) (see calendar, page 14 of La Prensa).


Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm is shown with Mexican Cónsul Antonio Meza Estrada, as they attended last year’s Expo. Enrique Carrillo is in the background. 

While the Expo is happening, there will be a special Michigan Commission on Spanish Speaking Affairs meeting from 10:00AM till Noon at the Nicolet Room on the 5th floor.

The Hispanic Business Alliance was founded in 1978 as an advocacy organization to “promote, develop and advance Hispanic businesses and individuals in the Detroit Metropolitan area and throughout the State of Michigan,” according to its Web site at www.hbaexpo.org and is the official promoter of Hispanic Business Expo & Economic Summit.  

Enrique and guests at Cubana Pachanga






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