Mary Helen Aldeis serves as the Program Director of the Women’s Business Border Center, a joint project of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Small Business Administration. Mary was born and raised in El Paso, Texas and a graduate of Austin High School. Mary Helen continued her pursuit of higher education at the El Paso Community College, then later transferred to the University of Phoenix located in Santa Teresa, New Mexico where, in 2007, Ms. Aldeis obtained her Bachelor of Science in Human Services. In the near future, she will be pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration. She has volunteered her time at many social and non profit organizations, such as the Access to Recovery Program, Child Crisis Center of El Paso, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. As the Program Director of the Women’s Business Border Center, Mary provides information, training, individual counseling and opportunities for women interested in starting or expanding their business. The Women’s Business Border Center (WBBC) creates opportunities for women and entrepreneurs who want to access information, personal guidance and insight into business management skills. Mary has led the Women’s Business Border Center for eleven years, and has brought the Center many significant recognitions from the local to the national level. Under her leadership, the WBBC was recognized as the Regional Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award twice, competing against nineteen other Women’s Centers in five states. The WBBC is also is one of four organizations approved to be a third party certifier for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Woman Owned Small Business Federal Contracting Program. Through her guidance and expertise, the WBBC has helped thousands of entrepreneurs begin and grow their businesses. She has been with the Hispanic Chamber for fifteen years, and has held various positions, specializing in business and economic development. Ms. Aldeis is very involved with the business community, and participates on various committees, advisory boards and consortiums.