The TNT KaTropa played without an import but they didn’t need one anyway, at least on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The KaTropa took control of the game in the third quarter, where they outscored the Elite, 25-12, before leading by as much as 20, 102-82, after a basket by Troy Rosario.TNT seven players in double-digit scoring with Rosario adding 17 points, Roger Pogoy registering 15 while Jayson Castro and Anthony Semerad having 14 points each. Terrence Romeo and Jericho Cruz chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively.The Elite had an import in Jarrid Famous. The only problem was Famous didn’t play like one with only 11 points and 12 rebounds against a TNT team that lacks depth and size upfront.Famous was also a minus-19 as Blackwater, which was led by JP Erram’s near double-double effort of 16 points and nine rebounds, dropped to 0-6.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ View comments A day after sending Jeremy Tyler home, TNT crushed Blackwater, 120-101, to gain a share of first place in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The all-Filipino KaTropa were already without their injured big man Kelly Williams, but they made good use of what they have.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownVeteran guard Ryan Reyes led TNT’s potent shooting from the outside, hitting six out of his nine 3-pointers to finish with a team-high 18 points.“Everybody was ready to contribute, everybody helped us today,” said TNT coach Nash Racela, whose squad bounced back from a 110-100 loss to Alaska on Sunday and rose to 4-1 to tie the Aces at the helm. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Ricci Rivero joins UP Maroons
PALMDALE – Sam Roman’s improbable financial success story began with a big idea, but no plan. Roman, a Mexican-born immigrant from Zacatecas, found himself spending at least three hours a day commuting from Palmdale to his silk-screening job in Glendale and back. On a typical day, he’d leave for work at 5 a.m. and wouldn’t get home until 9 p.m., a routine that left him exhausted and with little time to spend with his family. Roman dreamed of some day starting his own silk-screening business. But with no coherent strategy, he doubted it would ever happen. Roman credits the Antelope Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – which today celebrates its 10th anniversary – with helping him realize his ambition. “I had a dream, but I had no idea what it takes to open a business,” Roman said. Roman’s dream has produced one of the Antelope Valley’s most inspirational small-business success stories. “Sam’s Silkscreening,” which began as an enterprise Roman ran out of his garage, now has storefronts in Las Vegas and Bakersfield, to go along with a 5,000-square-foot outlet and production facility in east Palmdale that employs six full-time workers. Roman discovered the chamber of commerce while watching former chamber president and co-founder Sal Tavera interviewed on a local TV station in advance of the chamber’s formation. Latino business owners and prospective entrepreneurs were invited to enlist the group’s support. Roman attended the chamber’s first meeting, the day it was granted official status by the state – appropriately enough, on Cinco de Mayo, in 1997. “The first chamber meeting, it wasn’t even a chamber,” Roman recalls of the meeting, which was held at The Hacienda, a Mexican restaurant Tavera owned. “Nobody thought we’d make it,” current chamber President Sylvia Duarte said. Roman said the chamber was instrumental in establishing his business, directing him to a property where he could rent space without paying a deposit, and helping him establish a checking account and apply for loans. The chamber, which now has an office near Palmdale’s civic center, remains an active force in the Antelope Valley business community. In addition to promoting Latino-owned businesses, the chamber has established a scholarship fund named for Tavera, who died last year. “A lot of people think we just cater to Hispanics, but it’s really for everyone,” Vice President Jenny Garibay said. “A lot of businesses don’t even know how to market to Hispanics.” Roman, who Garibay calls the chamber’s “poster-child,” now mentors others and is involved in engaging other Latino-owned businesses. “Meeting people who already had their own business, it was like a new family for me,” Roman said. “Every business had its own story of how hard it was for them. “They motivated me to keep going.” email@example.com (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!