Carolina Polanco, of CAN BE tenant Alpaca Distribution, wins Chamber Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
- Published: Tuesday, 02 November 2021 17:23
Carolina Polanco, co-founder of Alpaca Distribution, received the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award during the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce's Annual Business and Community Awards Luncheon.
CAN BE has sponsored the annual award, which promotes the development of future business owners and operators under the age of 35 within Greater Hazleton, for the past eight years. Applicants are scored on business strategy, long-term goals, growth and community contribution.
Polanco said, “I am very excited and grateful for the recognition of my business, which comes as a result of my discipline and experience that I have gained over the years. Receiving this award is a sign that you have to keep going, despite the obstacles.”
Alpaca – a name created by the combination of letters from the names of co-founder Jose Alberto, his daughter, Paola, and Carolina – is a wholesale food distributor of dry goods and supplies for restaurants and supermarkets. The company sells an extensive list of name-brand products throughout Greater Hazleton, including brands like Kraft, Sara Lee, Goya, and more.
Polanco was inspired to become an entrepreneur by her parents, who showed her how to work hard, be her own boss and provide for her family. They also taught her the importance of providing excellent customer service, which she believes has been the key to her becoming a successful entrepreneur.