Last week, my colleagues and I congratulated local businesswoman Lynda Gonzalez, who was honored at a ceremony recognizing Latina leaders in entrepreneurship and advocacy sponsored by The Imagen Foundation. The event, held at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington D.C., recognized Mrs. Gonzalez for her positive impact in our local Inland Community. The Imagen Foundation encourages the positive portrayals of Latinas in all forms of the entertainment media, and rewards the excellence of those entities or individuals whose productions elevate the image and status of all Latinas.
I nominated Lynda for her leadership in local women's organizations, civic involvement, and entrepreneurial spirit. Lynda Gonzalez has been a standout leader in the community. Her inspiring vision and her willingness to take a leap of faith have led her to become a successful and important figure in the Inland Empire business community. Mrs. Gonzalez is the CEO and owner of M.A.S. Auto and Truck Electric Corp. in Fontana. The Latina Leaders Celebration, which is part of Women's History Month, recognizes the achievements of exceptional Latinas in their respective professional fields and their positive impact on the Latino community.
Small businesses like Mrs. Gonzalez's are the backbone of our nation's economy. They employ nearly half of all workers and create three out of four new jobs. The fastest-growing small business sector is Latina-owned firms. In Congress, I am committed to working so we can create additional opportunities for women to thrive in business.
JOE BACA, Congressman
43rd Congressional District