ORLANDO, FL.—May 1, 2017—The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) and Prospera (formerly HBIF) have officially opened nominations for their 20th Annual Don Quijote Awards. Nominations will be accepted until June 30 and must be submitted through the event’s official website: www.donquijoteawards.com.

The coveted awards have reached their 20th annual celebration and continue to grow in popularity and distinction within Central Florida’s business and professional community. The awards were created as a way to recognize innovative entrepreneurs and professionals who exhibit the characteristics of Don Quijote: visionary, dreamer and courageous individuals who are willing to take risks in order to achieve their dreams.

The award categories are: Hispanic Business of the Year (Five Years of Less), Hispanic Business of the Year (More than Five Years), Professional of the Year, Excellence, and Hispanic Community Champion. Please visit www.donquijoteawards.com for more information about the nomination criteria.

The finalists for this year’s 20th celebration will be announced publicly at a press conference hosted by Prospera and HCCMO in November 2017.  The winners of each category will be announced at the Don Quijote Awards Gala on December 9, 2017.

About the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership and support the economic development of the Hispanic business community of Metro Orlando. Since 1993, HCCMO has strengthened the Central Florida Business Community by providing quality programs through our business model of networking, business development, exposure and recognition.  For more information about the HCCMO, please visit http://www.hccmo.org.

About Prospera

Prospera (formerly HBIF) is an economic development, nonprofit organization that for 25 years has specialized in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs who want to establish or expand their business. In the last five years alone, Prospera has facilitated over $19 million in loans, invested over $600,000 in grants for services, trained over 21,000 entrepreneurs, and helped clients create or retain over 8,000 jobs. Its offices are located across Florida’s central, south and west coast regions. For more information, visit www.prosperausa.org.

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