Arkansas Latino Business Awards

About the ALBA Awards 2024

Recognizing the exceptional achievements of Latino businesses and entrepreneurs in Arkansas

ABOUT US

Who We Are

The Arkansas Latino Business Awards is a prestigious event dedicated to honoring the significant contributions of Latino entrepreneurs and business leaders throughout Arkansas. Established to spotlight the dynamic and diverse Latino business sector, ALBA serves as a platform to celebrate the exceptional talent, creativity, and hard work that drive economic progress within the community.

Our awards program recognizes businesses of all sizes and industries, celebrating those who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in areas such as innovation, community impact, and leadership. From promising startups to established enterprises, ALBA honors the diversity of experiences and success stories that make up Arkansas’s vibrant Latino business landscape.

Our Mission

To recognize and celebrate the remarkable achievements of Latino-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, and organizations across the state of Arkansas. By highlighting excellence, innovation, and diversity in the Latino business community, ALBA seeks to inspire future generations, promote economic growth, and foster a supportive network for Latino entrepreneurs.

Our Vision

Our vision extends beyond merely recognizing achievements. We strive to create an environment where Latino entrepreneurs can thrive, connect, and support one another. By fostering a robust network of businesses and professionals, we aim to contribute to the economic vitality and diversity of Arkansas.

ALBA is committed to:

Committee

The Driving Force Behind the ALBA Awards

Behind the success of the ALBA Awards is a dedicated group of visionary leaders committed to highlighting the contributions of Latino entrepreneurs in Arkansas. This diverse committee brings years of experience in business, community service, and equity advocacy.

Meet the brilliant minds who bring this prestigious celebration of Latino business talent to life in our state. From establishing the categories and award criteria to evaluating and preparing the nominees for the jury, the hard work of this committee lays the foundation for the ALBA Awards to truly represent excellence.

Diego Morales Ibarra

Diego Morales Ibarra

Conexion de Negocios Latinos

Staff Committee
Program Coordinator

Irma Chávez

Irma Chávez

Conexion de Negocios Latinos

Staff Committee
Planning

Mafe Nava

Mafe Nava

Conexion de Negocios Latinos

Staff Committee
Planning

Arkansas Latino Business Awards 2024

Melissa Velazquez

Conexion de Negocios Latinos

Staff Committee
Planning

Judges

2024 Awards Organizing Committee

The Arkansas Latino Business Awards (ALBA) organizing comittee consists of visionary leaders from various areas of the state and industries. Their goal is to recognize and celebrate Latino entrepreneurship in Arkansas.

Arkansas Latino Business Awards 2024
Ana Ortiz

Ana Ortiz

EforAll

Committee
SPRINGDALE

Erika Buenrrostro

Erika Buenrrostro

University of Arkansas - Cossatot

Committee
DE QUEEN

Isaac Morales

Isaac Morales

Encore Bank

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LITTLE ROCK

Itzel Velazquez

Itzel Velazquez

Kiva

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LITTLE ROCK

Jenny Cisneros

Jenny Cisneros

Baptist Health

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LITTLE ROCK

Maria Negrete Padron

Maria Negrete Padron

University of Central Arkansas

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CONWAY

Olivia Barraza

Olivia Barraza

Latinas en Bici

Committee
BENTONVILLE

Sandra Carrasco

Sandra Carrasco

FORGE

Committee
SPRINGDALE

Javier Hernandez

Javier Hernandez

ASBTDC

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LITTLE ROCK

Gustavo Reyes

Gustavo Reyes

Generations Bank

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ROGERS

Arkansas Latino Business Awards 2024

Bill Oliva

First Community Bank

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BATESVILLE

Arkansas Latino Business Awards 2024

Alex Lorenzana

IQ Marketing

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JONESBORO

Arkansas Latino Business Awards 2024

Eddie Ramos

Banco SI

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FAYETEVILLE

Arkansas Latino Business Awards 2024

Alejandra Reyes

River Valley - Literacy Center

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DARDANELLE

Miriam Oliva

Miriam Oliva

Oliva’s tax preparer

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RUSSELLVILLE

Obee Rosales

Obee Rosales

Eleva

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RUSSELLVILLE