Karen Willis – Early Learning Coalition of Orange County

Karen WillisPrior to becoming the Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida (HBIF) Regional Vice President, Gaby Ortigoni was manager of Community Relations at OUC – The Reliable One. Her community involvement has included ALPFA Orlando’s Board of Directors, Orange County Board of Zoning Adjustment, St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce, Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce and Seniors First. She is also a Leadership Orlando Class ‘85 graduate.

Ortigoni has received numerous awards, including OBJ’s 40 Under 40, Telemundo’s Triunfadores, and La Prensa’s Hispanic Women Who Make the Difference. She was an OBJ’s Women Who Mean Business 2009 Up and Comer Award finalist, a Coors Light Líderes national award finalist, and named one of Vision Magazine’s 25 Influential Hispanics.

Since 1991, the HBIF, a statewide economic development nonprofit organization, has provided professional bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs in Florida. As it celebrates its 25th anniversary, the organization will be launching a new brand to position itself for the future, to more effectively connect and communicate with clients and supporters. Its services – including consulting, business seminars in Spanish, loan facilitation and entrepreneurial grants – are delivered free to clients thanks to private and public sponsors. HBIF has helped create and retain over 12,000 jobs across Florida by helping Hispanic-owned businesses start and grow.


Contact Information:

Early Learning Coalition of Orange County

P.O. Box 540387

Orlando, FL 32854

(407) 841-6607 ext. 106


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