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March 2010 Volume 3 – Issue 3

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National Hispanic Business Women Association among 89 Programs Funded! Orange County United Way (unitedwayoc.org) announced the disbursement of $5.6 million in charitable dollars to meet the increasing needs in the community for basic needs, education and financial stability programs for the 2010 year. Allocations were recently awarded through Orange County United Way’s competitive grant process, funding 89 programs in Orange County with a oneyear grant. In addition to funding for basic needs, United Way continues to support and fund programs that build self-sufficiency through education and financial stability. Education efforts are designed to boost school readiness, early grade literacy, middle school Left to right: Al DeGrassi, Chair of the Board, Orange County United Way, Maria Chavez Wilcox, President & CEO, Orange County United success, high school graduation and readiness for Way, Teresa Mercado-Cota, President NHBWA college or work. Financial stability programs include career development, financial literacy education, job skill enhancement, employee success programs and the promotion of the Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC). “It’s both an honor and a privilege to support 89 effective and inspirational programs in Orange County for United Way’s 2010 funding year,” said Maria Chavez Wilcox, President and CEO of Orange County United Way. “These non-profits provide direct assistance to those most in need in Orange County, and United Way is thrilled to support their exceptional efforts. We’re looking forward to building relationships with our new partners and building upon existing relationships with those who have continually brought change to Orange County,” added Wilcox.


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Upcoming Events Event

Location

Date/Time

OC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Women’s Golf Clinic mail@hcoc.org

Riverview Golf Course 1800 W. Santa Clara Ave Santa Ana, CA

March 18, 2010 5:30pm-7:30pm Registration Required

OC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2010 Estrella Awards www.estrellaawards.com

Disneyland Hotel – Grand Ballroom 1150 Magic Way Anaheim, CA 92802

April 17, 2010

NHBWA 10th Annual Awards and Scholarship Event www.nationalnhbwa.org

Double Tree Hotel 201 E. MacArthur Blvd Santa Ana, CA 92707

May 20, 2010 6:00pm

Our Valued Sponsors and Supporters


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Did you know? Since its inception, NHBWA has awarded 72 educational scholarships to deserving students. This achievement has been possible thanks to the support of our members, corporate sponsors and donors. 2010 Scholarship application and Guidelines are available via the links below

Application

Guidelines

Deadline for 2010 Scholarship Applications: March 20, 2010

Ten Facts About Claiming Donations Made to Haiti If you have donated to charities providing earthquake relief in Haiti, you may be able to claim those donations on your 2009 tax return. Here are 10 important facts the Internal Revenue Service wants you to know about this special provision. 1.

A new law allows you to claim donations for Haitian relief on your 2009 tax return, which you will be filing this year. 2. The contributions must be made specifically for the relief of victims in areas affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti. 3. To be eligible for a deduction on the 2009 tax return, donations must be made after Jan. 11, 2010 and before March 1, 2010. 4. In order to be deductible, contributions must be made to qualified charities and can not be designated for the benefit of specific individuals or families. 5. The new law applies only to cash contributions. 6. Cash contributions made by text message, check, credit card or debit card may be claimed on your federal tax return. 7. You must itemize your deductions in order to claim these donations on your tax return. 8. You have the option of deducting these contributions on either your 2009 or 2010 tax return, but not both. 9. Contributions made to foreign organizations generally are not deductible. You can find out more about organizations helping Haitian earthquake victims from agencies such as the U.S. Agency for International Development ( www.usaid.gov). 10. Federal law requires that you keep a record of any deductible donations you make. For donations by text message, a telephone bill will meet the record-keeping requirement if it shows the name of the organization receiving your donation, the date of the contribution, and the amount given. For cash contributions made by other means, be sure to keep a bank record, such as a cancelled check or a receipt from the charity. Receipts should show the name of the charity, the date and amount of the contribution. 11. The above information is provided to you by Jonathan's Financial Services, Inc from documents released by IRS for the benefits of our clients and perspective clients. You are encouraged to forward this information to your friends and colleagues as long as you forward this message in its entirety without removing or changing any parts. 12. All information provided are copyrighted and property of Jonathan's Financial Services, Inc. Information provided by Jonathan's Financial Services, Inc.


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Members Corner Launching Unique Entrepreneurial Magazine for Latinas By Teresa Mercado-Cota

Photo courtesy of NATPE Dick Lippin, chairman and CEO The Lippin Group, and David Porter, executive director The Walter Kaitz Foundation, present the “Lippin Family Trust Award” to NATPE Diversity Fellow Lilian de la TorreJimenez

Lilian de la Torre-Jimenez, NHBWA Board Member, knows from experience the ups and downs of being an entrepreneur and launching a start-up. In 2007 she launched Jimenez Communications Inc, a publishing, consulting and public relations firm based in the Inland Empire. In 2008 she made history in the Hispanic magazine industry by launching the first Spanish-language bridal magazine Bodas USA La Revista. In mid-2010 De La Torre-Jimenez is launching another unique product, Mujer Empresaria, the first Spanishlanguage digital magazine for the US Latina entrepreneur. “The timing is perfect. In this down economy Latina entrepreneurs need the most resources and know-how to survive and expand their businesses”, said De La Torre-Jimenez. To see the Mujer Empresaria demo click www.MujerEmpresariaDemo.

De La Torre-Jimenez was awarded the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Diversity Fellow Award on January 2010 in Las Vegas for her work in moving forward web series and digital innovative products for her bridal magazine and for www.mujerempresaria.tv a new online platform launching Mid-2010 that will house web videos on business topics. She is also the recipient of the prestigious NATPE Diversity Fellowship 2009-2010 provided to mid-career professionals who are producers and content creators. The NHBWA congratulates you Lilian for all you achievements.

Scholarship Spotlight

Visit our website to download a 2010 scholarship application www.nationalhbwa.org

Executive Board Teresa Mercado-Cota Sylvia Lopez-Navarro Patty Homo Elizabeth Arteaga Board of Directors Veronica Alva-Roman Yobany Banks McKay Belinda De La Libertad Erika De La Teja

Lilian De La Torre-Jimenez Monica Estrada-Nuñez Sahara Navarro Honorary Board Members Marie Moreno Cecilia Novella Advisory Board Rossina Gallegos Francisca Gonzales Baxa

Ruth Ko Maria de Lourdes Sobrino Ophelia McNeill Diane Medina Sofía Negron-Linn Olga Niebla Emma Ramirez-Hightower Teresa Saldivar Lydia Salvetta Adriana Spitzer

“Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.” ~ Carol Burnett

Norma Parraz Isabelle Villaseñor Part-time Staff Carmen Castro Francisco De Anda Melisa Lopez Esquivel Consultant Pat Danel Editor Patty Homo


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