Month: February 2016

Empowerment is the Focus for The Women’s Business Summit on May 7

“Empowering the Entrepreneur in You” is the theme for this year’s Women’s Business Summit, a day-long leadership conference and expo scheduled for Friday, May 7 in Edinburg, Texas. The event is being hosted by the Women’s Business Center, a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote the growth of women-owned businesses in the Rio Grande Valley.

“Today’s modern business woman tackles many challenges on a daily basis. From balancing their career to balancing their family and personal life, women are pulled in many different directions,” said Maria “Charo” Mann, executive director for the Women’s Business Center.

“There are many women who dream of becoming a business owner, but something just keeps stopping them from reaching their goal. What they need in order to move forward is to feel that empowerment—and that is why we have chosen the theme ‘Empowering the Entrepreneur in You’ for this upcoming event.”

The Women’s Business Summit on May 7

“We want women to leave The Women’s Business Summit feeling positive and empowered and ready to make their dreams a reality,” Mann added.

The Women’s Business Summit is sending a call out for sponsors who recognize the value of the women-in-business audience. Currently sponsoring the event are ATT, TXU Energy, Lack’s, Verizon, Edinburg Economic Development Corporation and Wells Fargo.

“Women business owners are a growing and very influential segment in the marketplace,” said Mann. “The Women’s Business Summit will be a venue for both women and men to come learn from our speakers, gain access to valuable resources, leave feeling motivated and with great connections.”

The Women’s Business Summit will be held on Friday, May 7, at the Social Club in Edinburg, Texas from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, please call (956) 618-2828 or visit

2016 Forbes Women's Summit

Business Owner Arcilia Acosta Featured Keynote Speaker at Summit Women’s Business Summit geared to growth and leadership

Given her extensive experience in the business world, Arcilia Acosta has become a mentor to many and an admired businesswoman. Acosta will be in the Rio Grande Valley on May 7 as the featured keynote speaker at the Women’s Business Summit, which will be held at the Social Club in Edinburg, Texas from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Acosta is the president and CEO of CARCON Industries & Construction, specializing in commercial, institutional and transportation construction. Acosta is also the Founder/CEO of Southwestern Testing Laboratories (STL Engineers), geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing and environmental consulting firm based in Dallas.

In 2008, Acosta was appointed to serve on the Board of Directors of Energy Future Holdings Corporation the parent company of TXU Energy, ONCOR Services, and Luminant Corporation. Acosta is the former Chair of the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, is on the State Board of the Foundation for the Education of Young Women, is past Chair of the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the boards of the Dallas Foundation and a National Board of Advisors for BBVA/Compass Bank.

Keynote Speaker at Summit Women’s Business Summit

As the keynote speaker, Acosta will share with the audience her proven techniques that have helped her become successful in her career. She will also motivate and empower the audience to reach their full potential and obtain their personal and business goals.

Acosta has been awarded the “Texas Hispanic Business Woman of the Year” and received the “National AFLAC Civic Award” in 2007. In May 2008, she was recognized as one of the “Most Influential and Powerful Women in Texas” by Texas Diversity Magazine.

In 2009 Ms. Acosta was awarded the “Texas Diversity First Award” by Texas Diversity Magazine. This same year in July, the Dallas Business Journal named her one of the “Top 25 Women Change Makers”.

The Women’s Business Summit will bring resources to entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs in the local area. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available. The cost to attend is $25. For more information or to register, call (956) 618-2828.

Women’s Business Summit