Two San Jose companies receive $2,500, cell phones and air time to...

Two San Jose companies receive $2,500, cell phones and air time to spur technological advancement

Six Northern California Latino Small Business Owners Awarded $30,000 in Verizon Wireless Grants


Six Northern California Latino Small Business Owners Awarded $30,000 in<br /> Verizon Wireless Grants

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    WALNUT CREEK, Calif.,
June 18 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — More than 170 small business owners
throughout Northern California applied for several $2,500 grants presented by
the Verizon Wireless program Organiza, Crece, Triunfa to encourage
technological advancement of Latino-owned enterprises.  In all, 24 businesses were selected
statewide, with prizes going out to two San Jose businesses.  The coveted Small Business Awards prize
package, valued at more than $5,000, includes $2,500 in cash, three Motorola
Adventure push-to-talk phones and one Family SharePlan(R) service valued at
$2,500 for one year.  Businesses were
honored and presented with their awards at a ceremony that took place on June
16th in San Jose. 


    “Latino businesses
are growing at a rapid pace, which increases their owners’ need to learn about
and invest in technological solutions that can help their organizations
thrive,” said Oscar Madrid Director of Multicultural Marketing for Verizon
Wireless’ West Area.  “Through
Organiza, Crece, Triunfa we want to forge partnerships, educate and help
business owners and their organizations get to the next level. We hope these
grant awards help each of the winning businesses do just that.”


    The winning businesses
represent a variety of industries and cities throughout Northern California:


Business                     Owner                              Location

Plaza Garibaldi              Connie Alvarez                     San Jose

Video Club Mexico            Olivia Gonzalez and Jose
Gonzalez  San Jose

Spanish One
Translation      Monica Rodriguez                   Stockton

Kosmo’s Burger &
Tacos       Delfino Maciel                     Stockton

Andrade International
Inc    Daniel Gonzalez                    Fresno 

Multi Therapy
Clinic         Victor Martinez                    Fresno 


    Virtually all business
owners mentioned the need to update their systems and ‘modernize’ their
operations, but Connie Alvarez from Plaza Garibaldi in San Jose spoke for many
when she addressed how she could use the Verizon Wireless’ technology grant to
maintain a constant communication flow while traveling and on the move.


    “Verizon is a tool
on the go and I do not need to be in front of my computer to get things
done.  I am frequently on the move with
my handheld Verizon Wireless phone giving me information at an instant.”


    As part of Organiza,
Crece, Triunfa, Verizon Wireless partnered with local Hispanic Chambers of
Commerce to host local mixers called “Cafe con Leche” where small
business owners learned about marketing strategies and technology solutions to
help their firms flourish.  Small
business owners can continue to access business tools including articles,
business directory, events and products and services which can provide new ways
to move and grow your small business into the 21st century by visiting or 
To date, more than 1,000 businesses have submitted their information and
created their own personal Web page on the Organiza, Crece, Triunfa site where
customers can view and find out more about their services.


    For more information
about Organiza, Crece, Triunfa, the program, please visit or


    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless
operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data
network, serving more than 86.6 million customers. Headquartered in Basking
Ridge, N.J., with more than 86,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a
joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE:
VOD). For more information, visit To preview
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SOURCE  Verizon Wireless

Two San Jose companies receive $2,500, cell phones and air time to spur technological advancement