Agnes Talamantez Carroll, known on radio and among Denver’s Hispanic community by the honorific “Doña Inez, received the 2009 MED (Minority Enterprise Development) Week 2009 Advocate of the Year Award, Denver, Colorado, September 2009. She was chosen as a Finalist at both a regional and national level for MED Week Advocate of 2010.?
As President Founder of ¡Arriba Mi Negocio! and Agnes Talamantez Carroll & Associates, LLC, Agnes (known as Doña Inez Talamantez) is responsible for the overall daily operations of the company including strategic and financial planning, business development, community relations, quality control and assurance, and staffing/personnel management. She brings with her extensive business management and administration experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors and has owned and operated several private companies.
With nearly 20 years of experience in small business development, Agnes’ expertise includes financial literacy education and training for the socially and economically disadvantaged.
Ms. Talamantez Carroll’s management and administration experience is extensive in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Ms. Talamantez Carroll was the Vice President of the Business Development Centers for Mi Casa Resource Center for Women, Inc., from 1994 to 2004, and was an Interim Executive Director there from 1998 to 2000, managing a $3.1M budget. In the public sector, she was Director of the State’s Targeted Ownership Program from 1996 to 1998. She has owned and operated five private companies over a period of 30 years, including a management consulting/training firm and a marketing group.
From 2004 to 2010, her company was named a Technical Assistance Provider for The United States Small Business Association’s “Community Express Loan Program” through US Bank designed to provide loans to those who would not qualify for traditional bank loans. In 2006 and 2007, she was also contracted by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to provide outreach, technical assistance and loan packaging for the “Capital Program” for Latino U.S. businesses. Agnes has also worked in a training consultation capacity for Moneygram International providing coaching and workshops and has delivered FDIC approved financial literacy training in the Western U.S. to low-income populations. In the late 1990’s, she worked with Colorado public officials to establish an “Individual Development Account Program” which is still operative today through United Way and assists underserved populations with a four-to-one matched savings for home buying, secondary education or business start-up/expansion. In 1997-98, she replicated the Denver U.S. Small Business Association-funded, Women’s Business Center in Pueblo and Colorado Springs, Colorado, which is written about in the Congressional Records. In addition, she was the first in the country to write a small business training curriculum in Spanish, “Mi Negocio” that is not just a translation, but written in a culturally sensitive manner. Many of these workbooks are used in various training programs across the country, coast-to-coast.
Agnes gained national recognition in 1995 when First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton visited her classroom at Mi Casa Resource Center for Women in Denver (a non-profit organization that empowers Latino families to achieve lasting economic stability) to observe a best practice small business training and peer lending program in progress — the only one of its kind at the time in the country. In 2000, Agnes was awarded the “Women in Business Advocate of the Year” by the United States Small Business Administration and The Denver Business Journal also honored her with their prestigious “Outstanding Woman in Business” award that same year.
Notably in 2006, the Archdiocese of Denver and Centro San Juan Diego (a Hispanic Institute for Family and Pastoral Care), awarded her with the “Las Madrina Award” — the “Godmother” of the Hispanic community — for her education and training work with Hispanic immigrants to help integrate them into American society. Also in 2006, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver, the largest minority chamber in the western region of the U.S, recognized her work by awarding her with the “Bernard Valdez Hispanic Heritage Community Service Award.”
Most recently she was awarded the prestigious “Minority Enterprise Week Advocate of the Year 2009”, and again in 2010, at a regional and national level. Just last year, she was chosen to represent her professional community in the 2010 Edition of “Who’s Who among Executives and Professionals.” Also in these same two years, she was a finalist for the “Hispanic Adult Leadership Award” given by the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club.
Agnes’ latest project of the past 3 years is a radio program, “¡Arriba Mi Negocio!” which airs each week on KBJD 1650AM, Radio Luz, where she is known as “Doña Inéz.” It is a Spanish language program that gives training and advice for small business owners by interviewing successful role models and business experts. ¡Arriba Mi Negocio! also provides small business training and consulting at Centro San Juan Diego, an educational resource center for immigrants. Agnes offers consulting and technical assistance.
She has developed business training curricula for adults and youth, and authored several workbooks. She was the first in the country to write a small business training curriculum in Spanish that is not just a translation, but written in a culturally sensitive manner. Many of these workbooks are used in various training programs across the country, coast-to-coast.
Ms. Carroll is also certified by FastTracks, and was a contributing author of the NXLevel Entrepreneurial Training Curriculum developed by the University of Colorado, where she interned under Dr. Robert Horn in Community Economic Development. In addition to her small business training qualifications, workforce development and leadership training experience, she has also been an authorized OSHA Construction Outreach Trainer for the past 10 years. Ms. Carroll has been a trainer for Region 8 OSHA Training Institute Outreach Program at the Rocky Mountain Education Center, Red Rocks Community College, in Lakewood, Colorado. Ms. Carroll is authorized by the U.S. Department of Labor. She is also a business ESL / Spanish professor trainer for Red Rocks Community College/Rocky Mountain Education Center, primarily working in off-site corporate training. She has been with them for the past seven years. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at Redstone College for the past five years instructing in Human Relations, OSHA Safety, Success Strategies, Business Communications, Introduction to Business and Managerial Accounting.
A new product in 2009 was added to the menu in renewable energy career training. ATC & Associates has partnered with pioneers in this industry who together have produced a curriculum and is available as self-paced training videos for the Adams County Workforce Development Center from the WIRED Initiative through the US Department of Labor. This training in Photovoltaic Deposition Fabrication is offered for free and bilingually in the Adams, Boulder and Denver Workforce Centers as well as in the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Agnes brings with her extensive experience in training, motivational speaking and innovation, together with her passion for best business practices, and her personal mission to empower others.
“Concientización” es un proceso en el cual los seres humanos son animados a analizar su realidad, hacer más consciencia de las limitaciones de sus vidas, y tomar acción para transformar su situación. – Paulo Freire