A customer learns about Mitsubishi Autos during the Latino Business Expo Mixer. (Photo by Chris Frost)
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

By Chris Frost

chris@tricountysentry.com

 

Oxnard Mitsubishi welcomed a large crowd of vendors and friends to its showroom Sept. 18, for the Latino Business Expo Mixer. 

The event is one of five preliminary gatherings before the Latino Business Expo at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, Oct. 25.

The mixer had plenty of food, lots of music and camaraderie between the vendors and guests.

Commercial and Fleet Manager Paul Cruz said the dealer jumped at the opportunity to host a vibrant interracial celebration in Ventura County.

“We are proud to represent Oxnard,” he said.

The event is more than networking, he said, it's welcoming the whole community.

“This is home,” he said. “This is a sense of belongingness and one family. The family is the smallest unit of our society.”

Cruz said people who stop by for the expo could also purchase an auto.

“I believe in the car and the service,” he said. “I just bought an Outlander PHEV, a hybrid electric and gas, which is pro-environment, pro-economic and practical as well.”

Cruz believes the world is a borrowed place.

“We borrow it for the next generation,” he said. “If we don’t take care of the environment, what’s going to be the next generation’s home? That’s what Oxnard Mitsubishi is offering. You have friends here, and it’s a home for everyone.”

Latino Business Expo co-founder Adam Casillas said the event at Oxnard Mitsubishi allows vendors to network and build relationships.

“We try to make sure that everybody has a little fun,” he said. “I am collaborating with the Latino business council from the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce to make it bigger and better.”

He likes seeing his vendors come together to promote the Latino Business Expo.

“It drives traffic,” he said. 

The Camarillo Chamber of Commerce was also at the event, and CeCe Adame, director of membership, said it is the first time she joined forces with Casillas from the Latin Business Expo.

“Every year, we had events that conflicted with his events, and this year I approached him and said why don’t we join forces and invite the Latino community,” she said. “I am very glad that Martin Auto Group, who happens to be a Camarillo Chamber member, allowed us to be here today.”

She used the opportunity to network and promoted the chamber.

“There are a lot of familiar faces here,” she said.

The Camarillo Chamber of Commerce has members from all over.

“I have members from outside Camarillo and out-of-state because they like the committees we have,” she said. “We have the Women in Business Committee, we have the Young Professionals, we have the Latino group, so we have a little bit of something for everyone.”

People who want to join the chamber can email Adame or stop by.

“I’m a people person,” she said. “I like to sit down and find out about who you are, what you need, and what you want to do,” Adame said.