SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce honored six western Massachusetts businesswomen in Springfield Wednesday night to mark " Women's Recognition Day."
An estimated one hundred people filled the La Quinta Inn banquet room in Springfield to honor women who inspire others through their personal and professional achievements, and who start their own businesses.
Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce President Carlos Gonzalez told 22News the Latino Chamber calls such women " trailblazers and trendsetters."
One of the honorees, Youth Advocate Rosa Santiago said it's important to recognize the accomplishments of women.
"Oftentimes we are usually in the background, and not the foreground. Like me, I prefer to be in the background (smile). But it's great because it's an opportunity for us to be acknowledged for all the hard work that we do," Santiago told 22News.
According to the Center for Women's Business Research, women-owned businesses employ more than 13 million people across the country.
The Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce, which is headquartered in Springfield, periodically hosts entrepreneurship programs to encourage and train women interested starting a small business.