Omaha Public Radio News
1:18 pm
Mon November 9, 2009

Networking, understanding, dialog the goals of Heartland Latino Leadership Conference

Omaha, NE – Organizers of an upcoming conference hope it strengthens relations between Omaha's Latino and non-Latino communities.

The tenth annual Heartland Latino Leadership Conference is this Friday. The conference provides networking opportunities to Latino business owners in the Metro area. Workshops, scholarships, and advice on growing a business are all offered at the conference.

But organizers hope it's also a catalyst for dialog. Board member Lisa Cuevas-Jorgensen says Omaha's non-Latino community often misunderstands the diversity of the city's Latino population. She says Omaha's Latino immigrants come from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Guatemala, and several other Latin American countries.

Jorgensen says the conference also helps the communities open up a dialog.

The conference begins Friday morning in La Vista.