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Save the Date: 2015 E-Summit

Monday, August 3, 2015 - 11:43am



Event Information Below - Click here for Event Website


Established and emerging new business owners, Fortune 500 companies successful entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, governmental agencies, chambers of commerce, small business experts and small business resources, educational institutions, marketing gurus, media, and more. Anticipate 250-400 attendees based on the attendance from the past three years.


Thursday, October 8, 2015


Nova Southeastern University

Carl DeSantis Building | 3301 College Avenue | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

FREE Parking on second floor 

Ticket Price:

Complimentary Sponsored Admission


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12:45 pmRegistration Opens

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Plenary Session, The New America Is Here! Planning for a Color Brave Society

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm  

Workshop 1:  Are you Latin Ready? ™  

Workshop 2:  Strategic Thinking for Leaders: Building a Lean Culture

Workshop 3:  Different Ways to Fund Your Future

4:00 pm– 5:00 pm 

Workshop 4:   The Entrepreneur’s Approach to Becoming a Trusted Advisor: Trust & Relationship Selling 

Workshop 5:   60 Marketing Ideas in 60 Minutes

Workshop 6:   10 Principios Para Acelerar el Crecimineto de su Negocio (Spanish)                                                                   

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm – Get Connected Reception for Attendees  

6:15 pm – Keynote Panel/American Dream Awards

7:30 pm – Program Ends

Sponsorships available! To view the E-Summit sponsorship opportunities, click here

For more information on sponsorships contact: Josie Bacallao, 954-683-2028, 



Congratulations to Memorial Healthcare System!

Monday, July 27, 2015 - 3:31pm

Congratulations to our partner, Memorial Healthcare System, for launching Broward County’s First Adult Heart Transplant Program!

Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute is the first in Broward County to perform adult heart transplants. After Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital at Memorial performed Broward’s first children’s heart transplant in 2010, Memorial is first again to care for every heart, at every age and in every stage as part of its Total Heart Center.

The heart transplant team is led by some of the top transplant cardiologists and cardiac surgeons in the country, trained at prestigious universities and highly respected hospitals. They deliver patient- and family-centered care and provide new hearts to treat a variety of conditions. Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute also offers a spectrum of Total Heart Services, including interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, peripheral vascular intervention, heart failure disease management, vascular surgery and cardiac rehab and adult congenital heart disease, among others.

Memorial Healthcare System supports Hispanic Unity of Florida’s healthcare service, Te Ayudo, a comprehensive healthcare initiative designed to assist Hispanics and other Broward County residents with accessing healthcare benefits and services.

Te Ayudo combines outreach, education, and enrollment interventions to comprehensively address the needs of low-income, uninsured, and underinsured individuals and families. Te Ayudo utilizes social marketing, assertive outreach, and a visible community presence to reach targeted individuals and families.

HUF is also honored with the service of Board of Director, Melida Akiti. At Memorial, she is the Vice President of South Broward Community Health Services/Memorial Healthcare System. She also serves on the Governance Committee for HUF. To learn more about HUF’s Board of Directors and Committees, visit:

Learn more about Memorial’s Cardiac and Vascular Institute at and more about Memorial Healthcare System at


Hispanic Unity Named NCLR’s 2015 Southeast Affiliate of the Year

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 3:04pm

Hollywood, FL, July 15, 2015 – Hispanic Unity of Florida (HUF) has been named the National Council of La Raza’s (NCLR) 2015 Southeast Affiliate of the Year. HUF was awarded the special designation at the conclusion of NCLR’s Annual Conference held in Kansas City, Missouri from July 11-14. For 33 years, HUF, serving as the Ellis Island of South Florida, has provided community members with more than 30 services across 12 program areas in four languages, including: civic engagement, education, economic development and healthcare.

To read more, click here.

The American Dream: Possible at Any Age

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 10:09am


The American Dream: Possible at Any Age

More than 30 years

That's how long it took for Hugo and Martha Abadia to become U.S. Citizens.

To their horror, the family petition his sister filed in 1984 was sitting in a desk and untouched for more than two years. They had no idea. And because of the length of time, they forgot that a family petition was filed.

But on a whim, and three days before their petition was going to be thrown out, Hugo and Martha decided to visit the embassy in Bogota. It was then that their prayers were answered and in 1999, Hugo, Martha and their youngest daughter of four traveled to the U.S. in hopes of starting a new life. And they did, setting down roots in California.

Like many immigrants they were unsure of how to start and anxious to find employment.

Hugo, who sold his bus business to pay for the plane tickets and other expenses to come to America, began his U.S. career working for a hotel. Martha, who was a school teacher back in Bogota, still found a way to immerse herself in education by working for a company that packaged educational materials. She was paid $7.25 an hour. They were happy to find work so quickly.

But then, crisis struck.

To read more, click hereTo learn more about our Citizenship and Naturalization services, click here.

Unity 4Teens College Tour

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 11:06am

More than 60 Miramar & Stranahan High School students enrolled in our Unity 4Teens program attended the 2015 College Tour, which provided students with information on select Florida colleges and universities.

To read more, click here.

2015 VITA Season: $5.7 Million Economic Impact & 5,400 Served

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 1:08pm


During the 2015 tax season, $5.7 million was brought back to the community and more than 5,400 people were served across 15 site locations through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Thank you to our funders and community partners for their continued support. A special thank you to our volunteers who we recently recognized at our annual VITA picnic.

To view photos of the 2015 VITA Volunteer Recognition event, click here.

Learn how to start or improve your business

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 3:25pm

Click here to learn how you can start or improve your business by attending our helpful workshops in English and Spanish.

Unity 4 Kids Yard Sale: May 2

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 5:27pm

Save the date and support our preschoolers at our Unity 4Kids Yard Sale. To be held at Hispanic Unity on Saturday, May 2nd.


FREE Tax Preparation: Super Saturday on Jan 31st

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 4:17pm

FREE Tax Preparation

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 9:26am

VITA is an excellent opportunity for individuals and families to keep more of their money and save on tax preparation fees. This service is provided by trained IRS-certified volunteer tax preparers who will – in addition to preparing taxes for free – also determine an individual’s eligibility for special tax credits.

In the 2014 tax season, more than 5,200 Broward County taxpaying working families and individuals took advantage of the VITA program and had their income taxes prepared by trained VITA volunteers. More than $5.6 million in taxes were refunded to working families. Nearly 40% of the individuals assisted last year qualified for additional tax credits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Individuals who have not taken advantage of EITC in the past may be eligible for the credit for up to three years retroactively.

Assistance is available in multiple languages including: English, Spanish, French, Haitian-Creole and Sign-language. Call 2-1-1 or visit for more information or to find the tax site nearest you!

This service is brought to you by the Children’s Services Council and United Way of Broward County. For a full list of funders and partners visit

Eugenio R. Torres, Founder of Hispanic Unity
shares HUF’s early years in his:

Click Here

Hispanic Unity of Florida: Client Stories

Hispanic Unity was founded more than 34 years ago by community leaders to ease the acculturation transition for newcomers from other nations. Today this nonprofit provides assistance through 12 programs and 30+ services, in four languages, to Broward's diverse community. Hispanic Unity remains the county's largest agency dedicated to the immigrant population, providing them with the tools they need to build a new life. In 2015, the agency served 17,000+ clients, from toddlers to adults.