Entrepreneur Gina Alexander honored by LA mayor for her 15 years of business

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 6, 2014

PASADENA, Calif – What started with photo handbags in a small kiosk in Hollywood, has grown into a 15-year multi-million dollar series of bags, small businesses, and even television appearances and the title of “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by the City of Los Angeles.

“I really thought it wasn’t going to last. But I’m glad that it did. It’s been a big entrepreneurial class,” said Gina Alexander.

Designer and entrepreneur Gina Lopez Alexander marked her 15th year in business by giving back.

One of a kind sports and celebrity items were auctioned off to help children orphaned by Typhoon Haiyan.

“It’s my birthday today and what I really wanted ash birthday gift is to help ten families to go and adopt some children that were orphaned by Typhoon Haiyan,” she explained.

Alexander, who uses her success to help empower other entrepreneurs especially women and minorities, was surprised to receive honors from city officials including the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office well as the Filipino community.

Small businesses continue to grow, the latest government statistics shows that over 10 million firms employ less than 20 people. Alexander now wants to pass on what she’s learned to other kababayan entrepreneurs.

Her latest venture — holding seminars on business development and success.

You can contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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