Nominations Are Open for the Hispanic Achievement & Business Leadership Awards (HABLA) and The HABLA Youth Scholarship

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The inaugural Hispanic Achievement & Business Leadership Awards (HABLA) in Charlotte is now accepting award nominations for Latinos who have made business and civic achievements and accomplishments in the Charlotte Hispanic community. HABLA Awards will recognize the contributions and successes of in the following four categories as nominated by the community at large:

  • Corporate executive
  • Civic-government
  • Entrepreneur
  • Unsung hero

HABLA nominations are being accepted at and must be received prior to 11:59pm EDT Sunday, September 16th 2012. The HABLA Awards luncheon, presented by Verizon and produced by Lanza Group, LLC, will take place on Tuesday, October 9th at The Mint Museum Uptown.

Additionally, HABLA, in contribution with Verizon, will award a $5,000 scholarship to a deserving high school senior entering college in the fall of 2013 or currently attending college as a freshman.  Verizon HABLA Scholarship is presented in an effort to keep the community moving forward through education and community involvement.Scholarship nominations are currently available at and must be received prior to 11:59pm EDT Sunday, September 16th 2012.


“Great things are happening in Charlotte‘s Latino business community and there is no better time to recognize these efforts than during Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Jerry Fountain, Verizon Wireless Carolinas/Tennessee region president.


HABLA is a tribute to Latino business and civic leaders and will highlight the Charlotte Hispanic communities many accomplishments. HABLA serves as the closing ceremony to Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations in Charlotte and provides these outstanding role models with the recognition they merit. HABLA has quickly become the leading B2B Hispanic business event in the market. For additional information on the HABLA Awards, please visit and “Like” HABLA Awards on Facebook.

About Verizon Wireless
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About Lanza Group, LLC
Lanza Group, LLC is an Atlanta-based Hispanic marketing, PR and events firm that provides bi-cultural marketing solutions; connecting marketers to Hispanics throughout the United States and beyond. Lanza Group produces Atlanta‘s official Cinco de Mayo celebration – Fiesta Atlanta, as well as Georgia‘s Hispanic Heritage Month kick-off celebration Fiesta Georgia and HABLA the Hispanic Achievement & Business Leadership Awards.

Karen Schulz
Verizon Wireless

Roselyn A. Castillo
Lanza Group

SOURCE Lanza Group, LLC

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