In 1988, Silvia moved and settled in Orange County. Her vision and entrepreneurial spirit recognized an immense need within the Latino business community. Her desire to serve Latinos compelled her to research, create and launch the first Spanish-language magazine in Orange County, PARA TODOS, in October 1995. PARA TODOS is a free publication and in its very essence translates to “for everyone” and continues to this day to embrace, educate and be a catalyst for change within the community. The magazine, celebrating 22 years of business, is one of the most valuable and recognized sources of information among Latinos and is distributed to over 2000 commercial locations and offices in the counties of Orange and Los Angeles. PARA TODOS has almost 140,000 readers per issue and its online presence: www.paratodos.com has become one of the most visited Spanish websites online as well as a large social media following.
Silvia Ichar exemplifies an unwavering commitment to enhance small business opportunities and growth not only through her publication, but also participating on several local and international organizations. She is regarded internationally and speaks to women in business on her own experiences and challenges as a Latina entrepreneur through organizations and universities in Guatemala, Panama and Peru, which are coordinated by the U.S. State Department and the U.S. embassies of those countries. She is a founding board member to the San Juan Capistrano Task Force; the Hispanic Business Women Association in Orange County; the Latina Business Women Association in Orange County; serves as board member to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Orange County; the Advisory Committee to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and served as board member of the Latin Business Association of Los Angeles.
Silvia Ichar and PARA TODOS have been widely recognized with receiving numerous awards, from the Hispanic Public Relations Association PRemio Award: Journalist of the Year in 2010; US Small Business Administration as Journalist of the Year in 2009; featured in Orange County Register: Latin publisher sets example as business role model in 1996 and most recently honored by congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in Washington DC as a female owned business role model.