Thousands attend Latino Business and Family Expo

WEST ALLIS -- This weekend, thousands of people from the Latino community are uniting for a unique event.  The second annual Latino Business and Family Expo kicked off Friday at State Fair Park.

“Basically, it's made up of approximately 22 different countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and we're all united by one common language,” said Victor Huyke, President of the Expo.

From all different backgrounds and cultures, they’re coming together to learn, support and connect with others who share a common cause.

“Today we have a job fair, we have a health fair and we have also information in regards to housing.  We have doctors, lawyers and school teachers here,” said Huyke.

“The history of the country and the strength of this country is the way we provide opportunity for everybody.  Diversity is strength,” said Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.

Abele and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett helped kick off the expo, which is focused on providing jobs to an expanding population.

“It's a way to help people network and realize what sorts of opportunities they have that they would have not known otherwise,” said Abele.

“It has grown over 50 percent in the last 10 years.  It's the fastest growing segment in our population, not just locally, but nationally,” said Barrett.

The event is also geared to empower Latino youth.

“I was getting information about the college I’m interested in, Upper Iowa University,” said Zachary Ruiz, a senior at Hamilton High School.

The two-day festival has activities for all ages.  From live entertainment, to a job fair, it's a one-stop shop for the entire family.  And it’s a way for this diverse group of people to unite and take pride as one community.

“I enjoy this place.  There are many people here.  I like to talk to everybody,” said attendee Blanca Estrada.

The Latino Business and Family Expo will be open again Saturday from Noon to 6 p.m. at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park.  There will be an indoor trick-or-treat for kids.  It is free to the public.

Fox 6 is a proud partner of the event.