Omaha Chingona Fest supports small business

A new event helps support small business
Published: Oct. 1, 2022 at 5:46 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The first Midwest Chingona Fest at Stinson Park happened Saturday to support small businesses and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Chingona means a tough, empowered woman. And more than 70 tough and empowered women were out in Saturday in white tents promoting their small businesses.

They were selling unique clothing, jewelry, handbags, decorations and more. And there were also Latin-themed food trucks.

It was put on entirely by a team of female volunteers. They worked together to give other small businesses exposure in the Omaha community.

“This helps bring more awareness of my business here in the community,” said the host Julia Carrillo. “Because I wasn’t really well known around here. It’s mostly Texas and Cali where most of my supporters are from. But now with this event, I’m getting more known here. That helps me because as I’m getting more known here I’ll be able to have more events later on.”

Carrillo sells small, hand-crafted goods and jewelry online and at events. She’s been in Omaha since she was 17 and is 36 now. Omaha is where she calls home and hopes that this newfound community of female entrepreneurs will continue to uplift each other.

And there’s still time to make your way to the event, vendors and food trucks will be out Aksarben Village until 9 p.m. Saturday.