An inspiring team.

The members who participate in Conexión de Negocios Latinos are hardworking people who inspire others like them to be part of this networking, each one has a story in which they have managed to overcome adversity and seek to grow even more. 

Meet our Staff

Irma Chavez, born in El Salvador, moved to Los Angeles, California at the age of 18 and her first job was as a nanny and housekeeper, with great pride. He subsequently worked in a restaurant for many years.

13 years ago she was presented with the opportunity to move to Northwest Arkansas, where she works for a chiropractic clinic and also for Arkansas United @ARimmigrants as director of operations helping the community through advocacy.

Irma has lived in the United States for nearly 28 years, where she has achieved many successes, including her biggest achievement, Conexión de Negocios Latinos @CNLatinos, which was founded in 2016 as a networking group providing support to Latino entrepreneurs.

Today is our founder and CEO!

Mafe is originally from Mexico and finished her high school studies there. He then lived in the city of Chicago for 12 years. In 2010 he moved to Arkansas.
Mafe has worked in restaurants as a waitress, a supermarket cashier and taking care of the elderly. Each of these jobs has been 100% professional and always the best!
For 3 years she was a volunteer at Conexión de Negocios Latinos.

In October of last year, thanks to his dedication and effort, he obtained the position of CNL assistant. Mafe is a person who is always willing to listen to the needs of others and help those who need it.

Itzel is originally from Mexico. He currently holds a Master's degree in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago and a Bachelor's degree in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Central Arkansas.

Itzel is the Little Rock Business Consultant for Latino Business Connection, where she provides support to Latino entrepreneurs. She has worked for various non-profit organizations in Arkansas, focusing on educational equity and immigrant rights advocacy. She previously worked as the director of Replicate, a City of Hope Outreach (CoHO) initiative, where she was responsible for the implementation, coordination, and logistical support of CoHO-established and supported non-profit organizations.

Itzel, serves as a board member for the Women's Leadership Network and is a member of Create Little Rock.

Apart from being very knowledgeable in her area, Itzel has the quality of wanting to help the Latino community since, as she says, she brings a lot of value to our community in general in Arkansas.

Ariana Palmer was born and raised in Peru. At the age of 18, she went to live in Spain where she completed her higher studies and graduated as a graphic designer. In 2011, he arrived in Northwest Arkansas. 

In addition to working as a graphic designer, she has extensive experience in sales and social media management. She also works as a professional medical interpreter, translator and interpreter. 

Ariana is happily married with three beautiful children whom she adores. He likes spending time with his family, playing sports, traveling the world and learning new things.

Ariana joins the Latino Business Connection team as our Outreach Coordinator and is also the designer and editor of CNL La Revista. 

Miguel Angel Marin Ponce is a fourth-year student at the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton School of Business, where he is pursuing a bachelor's degree in International Business with a minor in Finance. Miguel is originally from Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico, but his family moved to Springdale, AR, when he was 12 years old. Miguel has always striven to be an involved student, joining multiple organizations such as the Associated Student Government Office of Financial Affairs, Leadership Walton, SOOIE, and the Walton Honors Executive Board, among others.

Meet the Board of Directors

Celina is an American of Mexican descent, born in Washington and raised in Guerrero Mexico. He is the first generation in his family with university studies! He has lived in Springdale, AR since 2005.

 Her first job was at the age of 16 as a cashier at Lokomotion and at only 22 she decided to start her own business, C-1 Tax Services LLC. Celina has the great opportunity to help the Hispanic community on a day-to-day basis where she is fortunate to help, explain, and provide information in the accounting area.

Celina tells us that she enjoys being part of Conexión de Negocios Latinos since they have the opportunity to meet enterprising and hard-working people.

 Eddie moved from Chihuahua, Mexico to Arkansas with his family when he was only 10 years old. Without knowing English, he entered the Springdale school district, where he currently serves as one of its directors. 

His good academic performance led him to study at the University of Arkansas where he graduated in 2008 with a degree in Business Administration.

He currently works at Armstrong Bank, where he holds the title of Vice President of Banking Relations. Eddie lives in Springdale with his wife and children. She loves the community and looks forward to raising her children in the area.

 His background in finance and business administration leads him to understand and help business owners with the challenges they face every day.

Elia Reyes is originally from Durango, Mexico, but grew up primarily in Chihuahua. Elia moved to Arkansas in 2001. At the time, she began an EFNP program with the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Elia held this position for more than 15 years and was the first to perform this position where she offered services in Spanish. He has currently started his Aromatherapy and Nutrition business.

Our president likes to help her community which is why she has volunteered at a radio station, her local parish and a support group. She is also a volunteer for Latin Business Connection since 2016 

In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her grandchildren and five children.

For Elia, promoting diversity, equity and inclusion is important as she believes that everyone should be respected and have a sense of belonging in our community. He firmly believes in the importance that people have the same opportunities in all aspects of their lives.

David Medina was born in Monterrey, Mexico. There he studied from elementary school to high school. She came to Northwest Arkansas when she was 18 years old to continue her studies as an international student. He started as a student at NWACC (Northwest Arkansas Community College) and later transferred to the School of Engineering at the University of Arkansas.

David managed to graduate in Computer Science with a focus on mathematics. During this time, David developed his love of business by working at the Walton College of Business as a Computer Technician.

That experience, added to his passion for helping people improve their lives, paved the way for him to start different projects together with his wife. From blogs, artistic designs and jewelry.

In his spare time he volunteers at different non-profit institutions. David currently works as an Engineer and Product Manager for Walmart Inc.

Little Rock Executive Committee

Frequent questions

what is your mission?

It is to educate, promote and support the businesses of the Latino community of Arkansas.

How can networking help my business?

Networking is an excellent tactic and the most recommended when you have just started a business, since it helps you start a network, or if you already have an established business, it can help you find new opportunities.

How can I be part of Conexion de Negocios Latinos?

Too easy! 

Send us a message with your business information to our Facebook page and we will contact you.

If you have any question, contact us