Former SBA Chief to Speak at Inaugural Event Focused on the Advancement of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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Hector V. Barreto, business leader and Chairman of the Latino Coalition, is set to deliver the keynote address for ieCrowd’s Innovation Economy Expo on May 9th in Southern California.

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“The Innovation Economy Expo is an example of how collaboration fosters the growth of small business, which is the engine that really drives our economy,” Barreto said.

Hector V. Barreto, an internationally recognized entrepreneur who previously led the nation’s effort to grow and strengthen small businesses across the country, will be a keynote speaker at the Innovation Economy Expo, an event with over 160 participating businesses, educational institutions, governments, and investors on May 9th, 2013, at the Ontario Convention Center in Southern California.

After being appointed by President George W. Bush, and unanimously approved by the United States Senate to become the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Barreto led the SBA to record-breaking achievements in small business loans and private-public procurement opportunities.

He is the founder and president of Barreto Associates, a California-based international consulting firm, and is a member of the National Board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He also is founder of Business Matchmaking, the nation’s leading non-profit small business procurement program.

“The Innovation Economy Expo is an example of how collaboration fosters the growth of small business, which is the engine that really drives our economy,” Barreto said. “I am proud to be a part of this transformation with so many other like-minded business owners and entrepreneurs.”

Barreto, who was inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame, serves as chairman of The Latino Coalition, the an influential national association of Latino groups addressing issues that directly impact Hispanic business.

He is the author of “The Engine of America” (, which provides motivation and inspiration for entrepreneurs through the stories and ideas of business leaders nationally.

Barreto founded “Tributo a Mi Padre Tequila,” the only tequila in the world to have earned the 5 Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, to honor his late father, Hector Barreto Sr., who founded the United States Hispanic Chamber. Barreto is a former vice-chairman of the organization.

“Small business growth is what drives the U.S. economy, but high-growth business is what creates the jobs and wealth needed for a sustainable economy”, said Adalberto Quijada, District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration. “Innovation Economy Expo is bringing innovators and entrepreneurs together with those who provide the resources needed for high-growth business success at a time when it is needed the most”.

ieCrowd’s Innovation Economy Expo will be featuring a range of sponsors, collaborative partners, and stakeholders – all of whom have joined to support this inaugural event. Participants recently announced include FundingPost, one of the nation’s leading networks of angel investors and venture capitalists; Startup California; and the National Federation of Independent Businesses.

All who are interested in advancing business creation and growth are encouraged to participate. Visit Innovation Economy Expo or call 888-960-EXPO for more information.

About ieCrowd

ieCrowd, the public identity of Innovation Economy Corporation, located in Riverside, California, commercializes innovations with global impact potential. With a philosophy of “Doing Good and Doing Well,” Innovation Economy’s mission is to acquire innovative research, technology, products and services and transform them into high-growth businesses with the potential to enhance the lives of people across the globe. is the company’s new crowd-powered platform, currently in phase one of its roll-out, which is designed to enable everyone to participate in the social and economic opportunities created by developing and growing innovative ventures.

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