2017 MLCDC’s 10th Expo Conference and Job Fair

“Smart Economic Growth  in the Midwest”

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the Livestock Exchange Ballroom
8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Conference Agenda

8:00 a.m.  Registration, Job Fair & Expo

8:30 a.m.  Breaking Bias: Creating Safe and Valuing Spaces
Speaker: Ashlei Spiver, Owner Brand Ay Spivey

9:15 a.m. Expo & Networking

9:30 a.m. Embracing the Challenges: The Nebraska Hispanic Chamber, going beyond Minorities
Speaker: Yesenia Peck, President of the Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

10:15 a.m. Expo & Networking

10:30 a.m. Strategic 4Sight: Developing a bold, future, economic identity for Greater Omaha
Speaker: David Brown, President of the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce

11:15 a.m. Expo & Networking

11:30 a.m. Luncheon
Impact of Latinos in US Economy and Models of Economic Development for Minorities
Speakers: Holly Frindell, Associate Director of NALCAB
Natalia Chavez, Program Coordinator

1:00 p.m. Expo & Networking

1:15 p.m. Making Your Idea for Owning a Business a Reality!
Speaker: Leon Milobar, President of SBA in Nebraska

2:00 p.m. Expo & Networking

2:15 p.m. Partnerships are an Essential Element for Business Development
Speaker: Catherine Lang, State Executive Director of NBDC

3:00 p.m. Closing

3:30 p.m. Opening Networking Reception

4:00 p.m. Networking

5:30 p.m. Closing Reception

Tables of Eight  $400.00
Individual Lunch Ticket $50.00
Exhibitor Booth $150
Conference Access (no lunch included) Free

Conference Sponsors

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Networking Sponsor

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Media Sponsor

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Livestock Exchange Ballroom
4920 S 30th St b, Omaha, NE 68107
Parking at the Metropolitan College South Omaha Campus

This conference has become the business platform for Latinos and non-Latinos to share and exchange information to foster economic development for Omaha and the surrounding communities. The theme of this year’s conference is “Smart Economic Growth in South Omaha.”

The conference is free to attend for all participants. There is a contribution to make if you wish to participate in the luncheon.

  • Representatives from the National Association for Latino Asset Builders (NALCAB) and other national speakers will share their different models they have taken on their task of building an environment where economic development opportunities can be created for Latinos
  • Diversity and Inclusion are necessary pieces for “Smart Economic Growth in the Midwest”
  • Connectivity between people and businesses from different communities
  • Recruiting people for your company

Conference Speakers

Ashlei Spiver
Owner Brand Ay Spivey

Ashlei attended Jackson State University obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Then, she attended University of Texas at Arlington for her Master’s program in Urban Social Planning. She has a passion for helping her community and challenging injustice. She launched her brand, Ay Spivey, in 2017 that focuses on building community and organization capacity around diversity, equity and inclusion.

Holly Frindell

Holly Frindell is Associate Director at the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB). She supports NALCAB’s Small Business Development and Financial Capability programs. Holly worked for the City of San Antonio and City of New York, where she helped design and implement a variety of asset building programs. Holly graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Spanish from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, and earned her Master’s degree from Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.

Yesenia Peck

Yesenia came to the United States 13 years ago and obtained her Master’s degree from Bellevue University. Yesenia is currently President of the Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Nebraska Hispanic Chamber Foundation. Peck is dedicated to her work as a Diversity and Inclusion manager at Nebraska Public Power District. She is also committed to work and promote one community together statewide through innovative programs and projects.

Natalia Chaves

Natalia Chaves is Program Coordinator at the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB). She supports NALCAB’s Small Business Development and Colegio Fellowship programs. Natalia worked as a Graduate Assistant at the Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center, a mixed-business incubator of the College of Business of Texas A&M University Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC).

Catherine D. Lang

Catherine Lang is the State Director of the Nebraska Business Development Center, at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Lang will lead the statewide outreach for NBDC and also work to build new collaborative efforts across all four of the University of Nebraska campuses to support the center’s mission. Ms. Lang served the State of Nebraska for almost 33 years. She was the Director of Nebraska Department of Economic Development and the Commissioner of Labor. She was the Nebraska Property Tax Administrator and the Deputy Tax Commissioner. Catherine received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1978 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law.


David G. Brown

David G. Brown is president and CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber. Backed by 30 years of experience in economic development and chamber administration, David serves the Chamber mission – to champion a thriving business community and a prosperous region through visionary leadership and collaboration – with bold vision, comprehensive understanding and contagious enthusiasm. David graduated from Dartmouth College with academic specialties in industrial location and environmental studies.

Leon Milobar

Leon Milobar is the District Director for the Nebraska office of the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA). His primary duties include the SBA’s guarantee loan program, small business technical assistance and government contracting assistance. Mr. Milobar joined the U.S. Small Business Administration in 2005 as the District Director in Portland Oregon. In April of 2007, Mr. Milobar was assigned the Nebraska District Office. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha BS – MBA and a certified economic Development fiancé professional by the national Development Council. .