Reaffirming her message of empowerment for business owners, state Rep. Veronica Gonzales, D-McAllen, said there is always room for growth for successful and aspiring women entrpreneurs in the region.

The Women’s Business Center (WBC) held its annual Summit at the Social Club in Edinburg on Friday, May 7. The event provided a host of speakers for women business owners who are looking to take their business to the next level or for entrepreneurs who are looking to take their first step, according to the WBC.

Gonzales, was one of a bevy of highly influential keynote speakers throughout the day-long event, and shared a stage with Edinburg Children’s Hospital CEO Linda Resendez to speak about their personal experiences in a male-dominated business environment, Gonzales said in her speech.

Guest speakers at the event also included U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, D-McAllen, Edinburg mayor Richard Garcia, and Ana Harvey, Assistant Administrator of the SBA office in Washington.

“It was great to see a room full of women, and the WBC offers great opportunity and services for knowledge,” Gonzales said about the importance of the Summit. “In the end there will be less mistakes to get there (success).”

Resendez said the opportunity to relate to women business owners was inspiring. Resendez told attendees how she rose from a small neighborhood in Las Milpas into her position as only one of a few Hispanic female hospital CEOs in the country.

“The goal is for women to become aware of the resources available to them, and help develop their decision making abilities,” Resendez said about the event.