A Message from our Interim Executive Director: Looking Ahead to 2018

Dear Friends,

The holiday season is a time for reflection.  As we close out 2017 and welcome 2018, I am grateful for the amazing opportunity that I have been given to serve the Hispanic community as the interim Executive Director of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation.  It might sound cliché, but I truly believe that 2018—the Foundation’s 25th anniversary—will be our best year ever.

After many years in corporate America, I approach this new role with a genuine commitment to innovation and continual improvement.  Just as the Hispanic businesses and entrepreneurs that we have the privilege to serve must adapt in this ever-changing business market, so too must the Foundation actively seek ways to advance across all facets of its operations.  In 2018, I will roll out a multi-point action plan for the Foundation built around a few core principles:

First, transparency.  In recognition of the Foundation’s trusted position as a financial beneficiary for public, corporate, and individual donations, I will ensure that the Foundation’s financials are available in real time on the Foundation’s website and that this financial information is audited on an annual basis. 

Second, innovation.  The Foundation will commission the development of a new website that will improve our ability to deliver information about the Foundation’s programmatic offerings, and to enhance interaction with our members.

Third, quality.  We will continue to develop and deliver high-caliber, successful programs to our key stakeholders, including:

  • At the Table: Women in Business and Leadership, which was built to support future business leaders and ignite the entrepreneurial spirit of communities across America.

  • The Chamber Training Institute, which offers chambers across the country accelerated leadership training on a range of topics with faculty from the University of Notre Dame–Mendoza College of Business. Over the past six years, more than 1,000 participants have completed this program.

Finally, accountability.  In support of our rapidly growing organization, we are in the process of revising our organizational structure to allow for full-time staff dedicated to the Foundation and hiring a new external accounting partner.  We have also established an independent board accountable for overall Foundation financials and operations.

Looking ahead to 2018, the Foundation will continue to empower business leaders through lifelong education and support, encourage entrepreneurial ideals, cultivate business growth, strengthen local chambers, and foster leadership values.

My compass as I take on this new role will be the core values my parents instilled in me at a very young age—work hard, act with integrity, be honest, stay humble, and pay it forward.  Our strength as an organization, as a community, and as a nation lies in our ability to work together and find meaningful solutions to help grow our chambers, businesses, and entrepreneurs.

The Foundation’s important work lifting and channeling the Hispanic business community’s needs and connecting its members would not be possible without you, our great members, our thoughtful legislative leaders, and the support and engagement from our outstanding business community. 

On behalf of the Foundation, thank you for your continued support.  I wish you and yours Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.

Elva Lima

Interim Executive Director

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON TO LEAD NATIONAL HISPANIC COLLEGE-TO-CAREER INITIATIVE

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ARLINGTON, Texas and WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced today the selection of Michele Bobadilla as chair of its new University Partnerships initiative. Bobadilla serves as assistant provost for Hispanic student success and senior associate vice president for outreach services and community engagement at The University of Texas at Arlington.  

The initiative’s goal is to build a robust college-to-career pipeline between Hispanic-Serving Institutions, like UTA, and the corporations who partner with the Foundation, resulting in enhanced career readiness for students and an immediately employable talent pool for various industries. 

“The initial focus of University Partnerships will be to identify strong regional matches between universities, community colleges, and businesses working with Hispanic chambers of commerce across the state, and begin to network the entities and leverage shared resources,” Bobadilla said. “There are multiple reasons why UTA is the right institution to spearhead this effort.” 

The University of Texas at Arlington serves more Hispanic students than any other four-year public university in North Texas. UTA is one of only 10 universities in the nation to achieve the designation of both Hispanic-Serving Institution and R-1: Highest Research Activity in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Bobadilla said she will immediately begin working with industry leaders to cultivate paid internship and real experiential learning opportunities. “Internships are critical for career success and must be paid in order for students, many of whom are first generation and working their way through college, to be able to afford the opportunity,” she said.

Troy Johnson, UTA’s vice president of enrollment management said, “For UTA to be asked to spearhead this effort by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation is proof of the pivotal role we’re playing to ensure that America’s students are career and workforce ready. The University Partnerships initiative will allow universities to nimbly answer the workforce needs of students and employers.” 

Johnson will act as an adviser on the initiative, as will Linda Battles, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board deputy commissioner and chief operating officer. THECB board member Arcilia Acosta will co-chair the initiative with Bobadilla.

“The University Partnerships initiative aligns perfectly with 60x30TX,” said Acosta. “We’ve set a goal for at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25–34 to have a certificate or a degree by 2030. We must accomplish this in order to fill the labor demands of industries in our state. We will not be able to arrive at that attainment goal if we don’t focus on our Hispanic students and ensure they have multiple pathways for obtaining postsecondary degrees and credentials.”

Only 25 percent of Latinos in Texas ages 25-34 currently have a postsecondary degree or certificate.

“Our 60x30TX plan is ambitious, but attainable, especially if higher education and the business community work more closely together than ever before,” Battles said. “The University Partnerships initiative directly addresses two goals of the plan — marketable skills and student debt — which are clearly in line with our larger goal of a more educated workforce. This will result in a distinct competitive advantage for Texas.”

Nina Vaca, chair of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, added, “I am so proud that the USHCC Foundation has embarked on this legacy initiative with two such distinguished partners!  With Texas as our launching point, our goal is to expand the UP initiative nationwide and to include as many university and corporate partnerships as possible.  Our ultimate vision is to permanently impact the career trajectories of the next generation of Hispanic entrepreneurs and corporate leaders.”

 

USHCC Foundation Partners with Han Group to Strengthen its' Financial Oversight

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – On November 20, 2017, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USHCCF) partnered with the Han Group LLC, in a continued effort to strengthen the oversight and stewardship of its financial resources. The Han Group is a minority and women-owned accounting and consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. that specializes in providing nonprofit organizations with accounting, assurance, tax, and consulting solutions.  

 

“Our financials are the lifeline to providing the much needed programs to our members and the diverse communities we serve and we are extremely grateful for the generous support we received from our funders and partners,” said Elva Lima, Interim Executive Director. “We recognize the Foundation’s trusted position as a financial beneficiary for public, corporate, and individual donations and we remain committed to the stewardship.”

 

“I’m thrilled to work with the USHCC Foundation as they continue to evolve and grow as an organization,” said Jennifer Han, Managing Principal at the Han Group LLC. “The Han Group is committed to ensuring that we are providing the high-level of accounting and consulting services to the Foundation, so they can focus on providing high-level services and programs to their members and the diverse communities they serve.”

  

About the USHCCF

For more than three decades, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation has been educating and empowering the next generation of Hispanic business leaders and entrepreneurs. We do this through a variety of programs and scholarships that support business growth, encourage entrepreneurship, and influence our chambers to better serve their local communities. Each year, these programs equip thousands of new entrepreneurs and established business owners with the financial and technical resources, communications networks, and business trainings they need to succeed.

 

For more information, please visit ushccf.com. Follow us on Twitter @USHCCFoundation and Facebook @United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation. 

Organizational Assessment: Making Sure Your Organization is Fulfilling its Mission

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The United States Hispanic of Chamber (USHCC) Foundation put together a list to help ensure that you can effectively take a look at your organization and ensure it’s on track to accomplish its goals and mission.

 

1. Focus on Connecting the Means and Ends

People in general tend to focus on means. Means are important, but don’t forget to connect means to ends. This will help create a deeper understanding of the connections between the two and help ensure that your organization doesn’t culturally lose sight of what you are trying to accomplish.

2. Connecting individual goals, objectives and performance to organizational effectiveness.

Connecting individual goals, objectives and performance to organizational efficiency is a key aspect of organizational evaluation. Making the connection for individuals within the organization between how their work in regard to goals, objectives, responsibilities, functions, and tasks connects to (and impacts) the organization’s performance is critical to successful organizational assessment. It also serves as a powerful motivator for these individuals. If done correctly, most individuals have a higher morale, have a renewed sense and value for their work, enhance their teamwork, and typically change the way they look at their work.

3. Become a Learning Organization

When evaluating your organization a simple organizational assessment score is often a fruitless and meaningless exercise similar to that of students being concerned more about their grades than about learning. Focus more on learning what you can be doing better and try to shift your organization from single loop learning to double loop learning.

“Single loop and double loop learning can be readily understood through the analogy of a household thermostat. Single-loop learning is about achieving a given temperature — like a thermostat set to 68 degrees that turns up the heat whenever the temperature drops below 68 (the objective). Double-loop learning involves changing the setting on the thermostat (i.e., changing the objective of the system). Double-loop learning calls for changing the objective itself. Double-loop learning is not only about changing the objective, but involves questioning the assumptions about that objective, the ways of discovering and inventing new alternatives, objectives, and perceptions, as well as ways of approaching problems” (Cartwright, 2002).

Double loop learning can often times lead to a more fluid learning environment and can shift the perception of your workers to that of a more productive work environment.

4. Continue to Build Your Evaluation Capacity

Being able to evaluate your organizations and its programs is one of the most powerful tools when assessing your organization’s work towards its mission. To be able to properly evaluate your organization and its programs, start building a framework of financial and technical resources. Generally, organizations are expected to evaluate their programs for external stakeholders without either of the aforementioned resources. This leads to a sub-par evaluation. By proactively building these resources, organizations will be able to more thoroughly evaluate their programs for themselves and external stakeholders.

 

 

About the USHCC Foundation:

For more than three decades, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation has been educating and empowering the next generation of Hispanic business leaders and entrepreneurs. We do this through a variety of programs and scholarships that support business growth, encourage entrepreneurship, and influence our chambers to better serve their local communities. Each year, these programs equip thousands of new entrepreneurs and established business owners with the financial and technical resources, communications networks, and business trainings they need to succeed.

 

5 Scholarships for College Students

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Since tuition isn’t going to pay itself, we have compiled a list of 5 scholarships to help college students out!

 

College tuition has continued to rise across the country. With a 4-year college degree costing on average over $134,000, many parents and students have to look beyond personal savings and financial aid to help cover the costs of a college degree. While far from ideal, more and more students are forced to take out student loans for their college education, with the average under-grad leaving college with $30,000 in loans. The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation is committed to supporting the next generation of business leaders by helping them find the resources needed to pursue higher education.

Since tuition isn’t going to pay itself, we have compiled a list of 5 scholarships to help college students out!

 

1. Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship

Liberty Power, the leading Hispanic-owned energy provider in the United States, and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation have teamed up to create the Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship! The scholarship selects three college students, majoring in STEM, who are particularly interested in the environment or energy, to receive a $10,000, $6,000 and $4,000 scholarship. The deadline to apply is July 30, 2017!

Apply here

 

2. BizVenture Pitch Competition and Scholarship

The BizVenture Collegiate Entrepreneurship Competition is the USHCC Foundation’s premier program to spur the entrepreneurial spirit in college students. During a three day pitch competition, BizVenture business coaches show participants how to create business plans, proposals, and pitches as well as provide mentorship to guide them along the way. The three winners receive a scholarship and will be honored at the annual USHCC Foundation Gala. The scholarships are worth $5,000, $3,000, $2,000 respectively. BizVenture is currently open to all students attending community college or a 4-year university in Texas.

Apply here

 

3. Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund Scholarships

The Adelante U.S. Education Leadership Fund is a leadership development non-profit organization dedicated to Hispanic college students. Their scholarship portal puts various scholarships for Latino students in one place making it easier to find money for college.

Apply here

 

4. Niche “No Essay” College Scholarship™

Niche is a website that helps parents and students determine what neighborhoods and schools are right for them. They also offer a monthly “No Essay” scholarship worth $2,000. This scholarship is open to all legal U.S. Resident high school, under-graduate, and graduate students who plan in enrolling in college within 12 months. The scholarship winners are chosen at random, so all you have to do is fill out some basic information to apply and keep your fingers crossed hoping you will win!

Apply here

 

5. Official Coupon Code Future Leaders Scholarship

Official Coupon Code is providing a $3,000 scholarship to a student they believe will be an incredible future leader in their community. The scholarship is available to all students living in the United States, regardless of their major, who plan to enroll full time in college for the 2017–2018 school year.

 

Apply Here

 

 

About the USHCC Foundation:

For more than three decades, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation has been educating and empowering the next generation of Hispanic business leaders and entrepreneurs. We do this through a variety of programs and scholarships that support business growth, encourage entrepreneurship, and influence our chambers to better serve their local communities. Each year, these programs equip thousands of new entrepreneurs and established business owners with the financial and technical resources, communications networks, and business trainings they need to succeed.

 

7 Resources for Latina Small Business Owners

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On May 4, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) honored the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation with the Outstanding Internship Site award during their Spring 2017 Semester Programs Closing Ceremony.

 

On May 4, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) honored the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation with the Outstanding Internship Site award during their Spring 2017 Semester Programs Closing Ceremony.

The Fund for American Studies is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that seeks to support and develop future leaders through a world class internship experience. TFAS’ Capitol Semester program affords students from around the world the opportunity to live in Washington D.C., take 12 credit hours at George Mason University, conduct site briefing visits, tour D.C. landmarks, attend professional development seminars, meet top experts in their field, in addition to providing mentorship.

It was through the Capitol Semester program that the USHCC Foundation hosted fellow Richard Garcia-Guerrero. Richard has assisted the Foundation by providing auxiliary support for Foundation programs and taking on his own projects. His most recent project revolves around chamber membership and outreach, as he focuses on developing relationships with Chambers who are not yet part of the USHCC network.

When Garcia-Guerrero found out about the Outstanding Internship Site award, he immediately knew the USHCC Foundation would win: “When I heard that TFAS was going to give an ‘Outstanding Internship Site’ award, I immediately knew that it was going to go to the USHCC Foundation. It was thanks to the team that I have been afforded the opportunity to play a vital role in the organization’s operations. When I landed in Washington D.C., I was afraid that my work would consist of stapling paperwork and bringing coffee. My experience has been exactly the opposite of that. I’ve met Hispanic chamber of commerce leaders from around the country, sat in on the past Presidents’ round table, helped coordinate our At the Table Speaker Series, and am most happy to help operate the BizVenture program, which directly results in providing scholarships to Hispanic students from across the country. The USHCC Foundation is far and away the best internship site I know of, and I am excited at the opportunities looming on the horizon.”

 

Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the USHCC Foundation also commented: “We are honored The Fund for American Studies would choose us for this award. The USHCC Foundation is committed to empowering the next generation of leaders through education and real-world experience. Our fellowship program is an important component of that commitment to America’s business future, and we are delighted to have a talented young man such as Richard as part of our team. Programs such as this are instrumental in young leaders’ personal and professional development, and we look forward to hosting future fellows who will benefit from this experience with our Foundation.”

The USHCC Foundation is excited to say that Richard will be extending his fellowship through the summer as he hopes to capitalize on all D.C. and the USHCC Foundation has to offer.

 

 

About the USHCC Foundation:

For more than three decades, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation has been educating and empowering the next generation of Hispanic business leaders and entrepreneurs. We do this through a variety of programs and scholarships that support business growth, encourage entrepreneurship, and influence our chambers to better serve their local communities. Each year, these programs equip thousands of new entrepreneurs and established business owners with the financial and technical resources, communications networks, and business trainings they need to succeed.

 

The USHCC Foundation Internship Experience: 2017 Outstanding Internship Site Award

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On May 4, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) honored the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation with the Outstanding Internship Site award during their Spring 2017 Semester Programs Closing Ceremony.

 

On May 4, The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) honored the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation with the Outstanding Internship Site award during their Spring 2017 Semester Programs Closing Ceremony.

The Fund for American Studies is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that seeks to support and develop future leaders through a world class internship experience. TFAS’ Capitol Semester program affords students from around the world the opportunity to live in Washington D.C., take 12 credit hours at George Mason University, conduct site briefing visits, tour D.C. landmarks, attend professional development seminars, meet top experts in their field, in addition to providing mentorship.

It was through the Capitol Semester program that the USHCC Foundation hosted fellow Richard Garcia-Guerrero. Richard has assisted the Foundation by providing auxiliary support for Foundation programs and taking on his own projects. His most recent project revolves around chamber membership and outreach, as he focuses on developing relationships with Chambers who are not yet part of the USHCC network.

When Garcia-Guerrero found out about the Outstanding Internship Site award, he immediately knew the USHCC Foundation would win: “When I heard that TFAS was going to give an ‘Outstanding Internship Site’ award, I immediately knew that it was going to go to the USHCC Foundation. It was thanks to the team that I have been afforded the opportunity to play a vital role in the organization’s operations. When I landed in Washington D.C., I was afraid that my work would consist of stapling paperwork and bringing coffee. My experience has been exactly the opposite of that. I’ve met Hispanic chamber of commerce leaders from around the country, sat in on the past Presidents’ round table, helped coordinate our At the Table Speaker Series, and am most happy to help operate the BizVenture program, which directly results in providing scholarships to Hispanic students from across the country. The USHCC Foundation is far and away the best internship site I know of, and I am excited at the opportunities looming on the horizon.”

 

Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the USHCC Foundation also commented: “We are honored The Fund for American Studies would choose us for this award. The USHCC Foundation is committed to empowering the next generation of leaders through education and real-world experience. Our fellowship program is an important component of that commitment to America’s business future, and we are delighted to have a talented young man such as Richard as part of our team. Programs such as this are instrumental in young leaders’ personal and professional development, and we look forward to hosting future fellows who will benefit from this experience with our Foundation.”

The USHCC Foundation is excited to say that Richard will be extending his fellowship through the summer as he hopes to capitalize on all D.C. and the USHCC Foundation has to offer.

 

 

About the USHCC Foundation:

For more than three decades, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation has been educating and empowering the next generation of Hispanic business leaders and entrepreneurs. We do this through a variety of programs and scholarships that support business growth, encourage entrepreneurship, and influence our chambers to better serve their local communities. Each year, these programs equip thousands of new entrepreneurs and established business owners with the financial and technical resources, communications networks, and business trainings they need to succeed.

 

Wells Fargo Recognized at NBIC Best of The Best Awards for USHCC Foundation's Chamber Training Institute

On April 26, the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC) recognized Wells Fargo for sponsoring the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation  (USHCCF) Chamber Training Institute program (CTI) at the NBIC Best of the Best Awards Dinner in Washington, DC.  

 

The Chamber Training Institute program was founded in 2010 and partnered with the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business to deliver its business education program. Through the exclusive sponsorship and support of Wells Fargo, the CTI program gives chamber and business association leaders the opportunity to learn from experts, providing them with the necessary tools and skills to more effectively strengthen their local business communities. Since 2010 Wells Fargo funding has facilitated more than 30 CTI sessions in 25 unique cities, impacting more than 263 individual chambers, and training more than 1545 leaders across the country.

 

USHCC President and CEO, Javier Palomarez said: “On behalf of all of us at the USHCC, I congratulate Wells Fargo on this well-deserved honor. Their long-term investment in CTI has helped forge a world-class program that builds business expertise and local leadership in the communities where it is needed most. It is only fitting that a program as inclusive as the CTI should be recognized by a consortium as diverse as NBIC.” 

 

The Best-of-the-Best event recognizes outstanding achievement in promoting cross-segment diversity and inclusion. Only companies achieving industry leading results across all diverse segments are eligible to receive the prestigious Best-of-the-Best designation from the National Business Inclusion Consortium, a coalition of national diverse business organizations spearheaded by NGLCC and including United States Black Chambers, Inc., United States Business Leadership Network, United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, WEConnect International, and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

 

In 2015 the USHCCF joined forces with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC), and the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) to extend the free training opportunity to local diverse chambers across the country.

 

The Best-of-the-Best designation is the top corporate honor bestowed by the NBIC to recognize corporations and programs for their commitments to America’s diverse employees and business owners, which includes LGBT, people of color, women, and people with disabilities.

 

Criteria for the Best-of-the-Best Program of the Year Award include:

  • The completion of a detailed survey of an organization’s inclusive programs.

  • A detailed report of policies and achievements in the diversity and inclusion space.

  • Ratings such as the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, the U.S. Business Leadership Network’s Disability Equality Index, or Diversity Inc.’s Top 50 are weighted and reviewed by a committee of NBIC leaders

 

 

To learn more about the Chamber Training Institute go to www.ushccfoundation.org/index.php/pages/chamber-training-institute and learn more about the upcoming training cities and topics!

 

June 12–13 | Washington, DC: Revamping your Development Plan

July 31-August 1 | Las Vegas, NV: Organizational and Program Evaluation

November 1–3 | Nashville, TN: Grant Proposal Writing

 

About the USHCC Foundation:

For more than three decades, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation has been educating and empowering the next generation of Hispanic business leaders and entrepreneurs. We do this through a variety of programs and scholarships that support business growth, encourage entrepreneurship, and influence our chambers to better serve their local communities. Each year, these programs equip thousands of new entrepreneurs and established business owners with the financial and technical resources, communications networks, and business trainings they need to succeed.

 

Leadership Through Sharing Fire: 7 Ways to be a Better Leader

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By embracing leadership practices that send people home healthy and fulfilled every day, you can create an exceptional work environment that motivates your employees to put their best foot forward. Happy employees mean productive employees, and productive employees make a successful business.

 

In an era where 88% of the workforce or 7 out of every 8 workers, feel like the organization they work for doesn’t care about them, it’s necessary to create a work environment that promotes a healthy and positive work atmosphere.

By embracing leadership practices that send people home healthy and fulfilled every day, you can create an exceptional work environment that motivates your employees to put their best foot forward. Happy employees mean productive employees, and productive employees make a successful business.

1. You may not be a family business, but you can be a business family.

While not every business is a family business, it doesn’t mean you can’t create a business family. By creating a positive and nurturing atmosphere in the work place you can ensure your employees WANT to come to work every day. Treat your workers how you would want your family to be treated in their workplace and watch their quality of work increase.

2. Build each other to greatness.

Encourage and insist that team member plays to their strengths, so that they have the opportunity to excel at what they are already good at. When team members do excel at their jobs, make sure they know their efforts are appreciated and that their quality of work isn’t going unnoticed by offering them a compliment in front of the team.

3. Be a Coach

Follow in the footsteps of proven leaders and role models who have shown that they have exceptional leadership and mentorship abilities. By taking notes from those proven leaders before you, you can ensure that your employees are highly productive, responsible, trustworthy, loyal and caring, creating a better, more productive work environment for everyone.

4. Trust is the foundation of all relationships

Trust is the foundation of positive work relationships; if you trust your employees they will respect you for it and trust you back. If you trust and allow your employees to engage in the shared future vision of your organization and allow them to help support that vision, they will do so enthusiastically. Your employees are capable of doing great things when you create a healthy work atmosphere.

5. Be aware of the “emotional contagion”

Elaine Hatfield, one of the pioneers of relationship science and a professor at the University of Hawai’i, says “All emotions — joy, fear, sadness and stress have been shown to be contagious,” as a leader you must realize that you are a walking mood conductor who is continuously influencing the judgements and behaviors of others. By bringing a positive energy to the job every day, you can influence your employees to do the same.

6. Be authentically human

Break bread together, celebrate together, collaborate, talk it over, and mourn together. Be proudly “unprofessional”. By creating an authentically human workplace you can create a space that works to build everyone up.

7. Let them grow and let them go

Let people grow beyond your team if that is what is best for them. Empower them to become the great leaders of tomorrow, and when the time comes let them leave the nest, spread their wings and soar to new heights.

These are but a few of the leadership techniques taught at the Chamber Training Institute. The program hosted by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in collaboration with The United States Black Chambers, The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, The Pan-Asian American Chamber of Commerce, and presented by Dr. Marc Hardy, from the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza School of Business, works with local chamber of commerce executives and business leaders to provide them with the leadership tools and skills needed to strengthen their local business communities.

Many of the leadership techniques and information discussed above are taken from Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People like Family by Bob Chapman and Raj Sisodia.

If you are an individual or organization affiliated with a local Chamber of Commerce and are interested in attending a future Chamber Training Institute please consult the schedule of future events and contact Isaac Reynoso at ireynoso@ushccf.org.

 

 

 

About the USHCC Foundation:

For more than three decades, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation has been educating and empowering the next generation of Hispanic business leaders and entrepreneurs. We do this through a variety of programs and scholarships that support business growth, encourage entrepreneurship, and influence our chambers to better serve their local communities. Each year, these programs equip thousands of new entrepreneurs and established business owners with the financial and technical resources, communications networks, and business trainings they need to succeed.

 

USHCC Foundation and BP Present At the Table: Latinas Will Run at USHCC Legislative Summit 2017

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The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USHCCF) in collaboration with BP America is honored to have presented another installment of the USHCC Foundation’s At the Table speaker series initiative titled Latinas Will Run.

 

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USHCCF) in collaboration with BP America is honored to have presented another installment of the USHCC Foundation’s At the Table speaker series initiative titled Latinas Will Run.

The At the Table: Women in Business and Leadership speaker series is an initiative led by the USHCC Foundation. Its purpose is to ensure that women entrepreneurs, business professionals, and aspiring officeholders receive the much needed resources and influence to propel them to higher levels of success in their careers.

In its latest session titled Latinas Will Run, the panel spoke about the barriers that women, and specifically Latinas, face when running for office. Topics discussed included how to overcome these barriers and the steps both women and men can take to help make sure Latinas are acknowledged as stakeholders in critical decision-making processes. This is especially significant considering that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, 7% of the US population is Latina; however, only 1.2% of elected officials in the United States are Hispanic or Latina women.

Panelists included leaders from organizations such as She Should Run which aims to “provide the spark” for women in politics, the Republican State Leadership Committee’s Future Majority Project which recruits candidates in specific demographics in order to have a candidate pool that is more reflective of our diversity in the United States, and the Girl Scouts of the USA which is a ubiquitous organization that directly helps developing leadership skills in young girls for them to become future leaders, among other organizations.

 

Audience attendees included leaders of Hispanic chambers of commerce from across the country, students from local schools and universities, as well as local organizations that share the same cause.

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation would like to thank our:

Guest speakers:

Ray Dempsey, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at BP America

The Honorable Nanette Barragán, Congresswoman at the US House of Representatives

Moderator:

Ana Maria Chávez, Former President & CEO at Girl Scouts of the USA

Panelists:

Clare Bresnahan, Executive Director at She Should Run

Angela Maria Kelley, Senior Strategic Advisor for Immigration at Open Society Foundations

Mónica G. Pérez, Principal of Public and Political Leadership at Wellstone Action

Neri Martinez, Executive Director at the Republican State Leadership Committee’s Future Majority Project

The USHCC Foundation is thankful and proud of the participation of these organizations and powerful Latina leaders, and remains committed to helping the Hispanic community make sure that Latina women take their place At the Table.

 

 

 

About the USHCC Foundation:

For more than three decades, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation has been educating and empowering the next generation of Hispanic business leaders and entrepreneurs. We do this through a variety of programs and scholarships that support business growth, encourage entrepreneurship, and influence our chambers to better serve their local communities. Each year, these programs equip thousands of new entrepreneurs and established business owners with the financial and technical resources, communications networks, and business trainings they need to succeed.

 

USHCC Foundation and Wells Fargo Announce 2017 Local Chamber Grant Recipients

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The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation in collaboration with Wells Fargo is excited to announce the Local Chamber Grant recipients for the year 2017!

 

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation in collaboration with Wells Fargo is excited to announce the Local Chamber Grant recipients for the year 2017!

The USHCC Foundation and Wells Fargo have worked together to provide 11 grants to local chamber members of the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to strengthen their existing programs that seek to foster and expand Hispanic small businesses in their communities.

Multiple grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 are awarded to our chamber members who have demonstrated an enduring resolve to support local Hispanic business in their development and success in innovative ways. This results in the empowerment of members in our community, and translates into an even more substantive role in the American economy.

This grant represents the USHCC Foundation’s unwavering commitment to work alongside local chambers members in order to strategically provide the resources necessary to create a lasting impact among Hispanic communities across the country.

Congratulations to the:

Greater Fort Wayne Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Program Name: Cuarto Jueves Programming

This chamber is receiving a $5,000 grant to fund Cuatro Jueves, a quarterly meeting that provides entrepreneurial education, testimonials, networking opportunities, and business exposure and promotion. Past keynote speakers have included corporate CEO’s, local successful entrepreneurs, and the Mayor of the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Program Name: Empowering Latina Leadership Alliance (ELLA)

This chamber is receiving a $5,000 grant to fund ELLA, an initiative that seeks to help motivate and inspire Latinas to reach their full potential as Hispanic entrepreneurs and facilitate benefits for Latinas who are seeking business and networking opportunities.

Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Program Name: BAM — Business Advocacy & Mentoring

This chamber is receiving a $5,000 grant to add a mentorship component to their Business Advocacy & Mentoring program. Going forward, the goal is to have mentees become mentors to create subsequent generations of successful Hispanic business owners.

Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Program Name: Hispanic Business Excellence (HBeX)

This chamber is receiving a $5,000 grant to strengthen their HBeX program by aligning HBE capacity with market demand. The program contains 6 components: assessment, enhancement, growth, support, reciprocity, and sustainability.

Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Program Name: Aprender Es Poder: Seminarios de Negocios

This chamber is receiving a $5,000 grant to add their Aprender Es Poder seminars, a Spanish language enhancement of their existing Power Hour seminars. Designed for people who speak English as a second language, these seminars seek to provide orientation to small business owners and those entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a business. One-on-one coaching will also be available for those in need.

Little Village Chamber of Commerce

Program Name: Juntos Emprendemos

This chamber is receiving a $10,000 grant to expand their program that teaches entrepreneurs the fundamental knowledge necessary to run and sustain a small business. Additionally, it will ensure that participants conclude the program having acquiring knowledge in leadership, human resources, administration, customer service, and marketing.

Oregon Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber

Program Name: Latino Small Business Development Program

This chamber is receiving a $10,000 grant to further develop their Small Business Technical Assistance program, helping Latinos create, promote, and advance microbusinesses in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

South Carolina Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Program Name: Entrepreneur Empowerment Series

This chamber is receiving a $10,000 grant to expand their Entrepreneur Empowerment Series to provide entry-level and intermediate comprehensive business training to Hispanic entrepreneurs in South Carolina. The SCHCC stands to provide training to an additional 70 business owners. At an average of $40,000 in sales per business owner in their first year, this translates to an increase of roughly $2,800,000 in revenue into the American economy.

Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee

Program Name: Hispanic Leadership/Business/Entrepreneurship Training

This chamber is receiving a $10,000 grant to expand their mid-level career professional and entrepreneurship membership offerings to include trainings, workshops, and a speaker series focused on building a business acumen and entrepreneurship in their local Hispanic community.

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce

Program Name: Emprendedores

This chamber is receiving a $20,000 grant to expand their nationally-recognized entrepreneurial training course that provides future Hispanic business leaders in New México with the only training of its kind in the state, focusing on the integration into the entrepreneurial ecosystem by breaking down financial and literacy barriers for first-generation immigrants.

Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Program Name: Beyond Startup: Elevate Your Business Program

This chamber is receiving a $20,000 grant to add three components to their Elevate Your Business Program: “News You Can Use” Online Broadcasts, Technical Assistance Trade Workshops, and Trade Leads & Referrals. Their program holds a strong emphasis on harnessing the power on cross-border trade initiatives with México.

The USHCC Foundation is proud of the work our chamber members have accomplished, and we are excited to see the impact these programs and initiatives will achieve going forward.

 

 

 

About the USHCC Foundation:

For more than three decades, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation has been educating and empowering the next generation of Hispanic business leaders and entrepreneurs. We do this through a variety of programs and scholarships that support business growth, encourage entrepreneurship, and influence our chambers to better serve their local communities. Each year, these programs equip thousands of new entrepreneurs and established business owners with the financial and technical resources, communications networks, and business trainings they need to succeed.

 

National Chambers Recognize Local Chambers for Becoming Chamber Training Institute Certified

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In order to become CTI Certified, chambers of commerce must participate in at least three Chamber Training Institutes. We had the pleasure of hosting these chambers throughout our training institutes in Charlotte 2016...

 

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, in collaboration with the US Black Chambers, Inc., the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce, and the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate and recognize the Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Kansas City, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Regional Hispanic Contractors Association, Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for becoming the first CTI Certified Chambers!

In order to become CTI Certified, chambers of commerce must participate in at least three Chamber Training Institutes. We had the pleasure of hosting these chambers throughout our training institutes in Charlotte 2016: Developing Strategic Relationships — A Necessity in Today’s Multicultural Marketplace, Austin 2016: How to Create a Strategic Plan that is Used and Works, San Diego 2016: Foresight & Innovation, New Orleans 2016: Advocacy Essentials for Chambers Leaders, Chicago 2016: Coalition Building Across Underrepresented Chambers — Aligning Interests and Expanding Opportunity, and San Jose 2017: Strategic Planning & Implementation.

These programs are possible thanks to the generous support of our exclusive partner, Wells Fargo, in sponsoring our CTI program.

At our CTI programs, participants explore a range of topics and build leadership skills with faculty from the University of Notre Dame — Mendoza College of Business. The CTI program gives chamber and non-profit business association leaders the opportunity to learn from experts, and provides them with the necessary tools to work more effectively to strengthen local business communities.

This certification underscores the commitment and resolve of chambers that seek to improve their resources and capabilities in order to implement a more targeted, strategic, and effective approach in working with local businesses. Moreover, this recognition serves to distinguish the work chambers do as premier business organizations in local communities.

We are proud to be able to bestow this honor on chamber members that have dedicated themselves to CTI, and for the enthusiastic participation of the these chambers in the past. We look forward to meeting with these and more chambers at our CTIs in 2017:

April 20–21 | Phoenix, AZ: Reaching your Leadership Potential

June 12–13 | Washington, DC: Revamping your Development Plan

July 31-August 1 | Las Vegas, NV: Organizational and Program Evaluation

November 1–3 | Nashville, TN: Grant Proposal Writing

 

 

 

About the USHCC Foundation:

For more than three decades, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation has been educating and empowering the next generation of Hispanic business leaders and entrepreneurs. We do this through a variety of programs and scholarships that support business growth, encourage entrepreneurship, and influence our chambers to better serve their local communities. Each year, these programs equip thousands of new entrepreneurs and established business owners with the financial and technical resources, communications networks, and business trainings they need to succeed.

 

Pinnacle Group and USHCC Foundation Raise $100,000 for Ecuador Earthquake Reconstruction

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Pinnacle Group Founder, Chairman and CEO Nina Vaca, in partnership with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation, raised $100,000 to aid small businesses devastated by April’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador.

 The record quake left 660 dead, 27,000 injured, and destroyed countless homes, schools, businesses, and public facilities. It is estimated that 25% of small businesses were seriously damaged in the hardest-hit area.

Vaca, who chairs the USHCC Foundation, stated: “Thankfully, the acute needs of water, food, clothing and shelter continue to be addressed. However, while this disaster has already faded from the headlines, these communities will only fully recover once the local economy is stabilized. One major step toward that recovery will take place once thousands of small business owners can return to providing the services and jobs on which their families and communities depend.”

Critical funds were donated to the Ecuador Small Business Reconstruction & Recovery program by Cinemark employees, Kohl’s Corporation, the Lee Roy Mitchell Foundation, Pinnacle Group employees, members of 200 local Hispanic chambers across the country and individual donors. The USHCC Foundation is collaborating with local partners via a direct investment in the Re-Emprende initiative, which is backed by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and leading local private sector entities.

USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez said: “Working with local partners backed by international institutions, ensures that the initiative will properly identify eligible businesses and oversee the disbursement of funds, as well as monitor reconstruction efforts and provide timely progress reports.”

Vaca will travel to Ecuador for the official launch of the program, which will use the money raised to support small business reconstruction in Manta and Portoviejo, the areas hit hardest by the quake.

 

ABOUT PINNACLE GROUP

Pinnacle Group is an award-winning provider of workforce solutions. Founded in 1996, it includes Pinnacle Technical Resources, Inc., its flagship information technology services company serving the Fortune 500 and Provade, Inc., a global provider of enterprise-class vendor management software.

Pinnacle Group has become one of the largest firms in its industry, with several thousand consultants across the United States and Canada. Provade provides services in over 60 countries and manages more than $2 billion of transactions annually. For more information visit www.pinnacle1.com and www.provade.com.

 

ABOUT THE USHCC

The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.1 million Hispanic-owned businesses that, combined, contribute over $661 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, visitushcc.com. Follow the USHCC on Twitter @USHCC.

 

ABOUT THE USHCC FOUNDATION

The mission of the USHCC Foundation is to enrich the experiences of future leaders in the world of business through life-long learning and support. The Foundation’s initiatives awaken and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit, support business growth, strengthen local chambers and foster leaders. Please visit www.ushccfoundation.org for more information.

 

Liberty Power Honors 2016 Bright Horizons Scholarship Winners

$20,000 in Scholarships Awarded to STEM Students by Liberty Power and the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

 Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – October 13, 2016 – Liberty Power, the nation’s largest owner-operated retail electricity supplier, is proud to announce the winners of its Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship program. The presentations of checks totaling $20,000 were awarded to three college students at the USHCC National Convention held October 9-11 in Miami, FL.

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The Bright Horizons program was established in 2013 when Liberty Power co-founders, David Hernandez and Alberto Daire, committed $100,000 over five years to the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation.   The Bright Horizons Scholarship endeavors to promote and encourage educational efforts in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through awards to college students majoring in these fields who also have an interest in pursuing a career in energy and the environment.

“It’s a continued pleasure to collaborate with Liberty Power on the Bright Horizons Scholarship. The USHCC Foundation is honored to be involved in promoting the advancement of STEM education, particularly among ethnic groups that are under-represented in these important fields,” said USHCC Foundation Chairman, Nina Vaca.

The grand prize, a $10,000 scholarship, was awarded to Twymun K. Safford, who is earning undergraduate degrees in Physics and Mathematics from the University of West Florida.

“I am honored to be recognized as a Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship winner,” Mr. Safford stated. “My goals include pursuing a Ph.D. in nuclear and high-energy physics in order to contribute to research endeavors that will yield safer, more efficient energy alternatives.”

The $6,000 scholarship was awarded to Agni Guerrero, an undergraduate student at New Mexico State University who is majoring in electrical engineering.

“The Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship will provide me with the financial support needed to pursue a master’s degree,” Ms. Guerrero said.  “I will be able to spread the message to other minority students that no matter what your current situation might be, with dedication and the right tools it is possible to achieve your educational and career goals.”

Samantha Michael was awarded the $4,000 scholarship. She is earning her undergraduate degree in nuclear engineering at North Carolina State University.

“I hope to play an integral role in the development of the newer, more robust technology that is going to be needed to further promote zero-emission power sources,” Ms. Michael stated. “Such a prestigious award as the Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship will provide the increased credibility I need to have my ideas taken seriously.”

Winners were chosen by a panel of judges comprised of policymakers and business leaders within the energy industry, previous Bright Horizons Scholarship winners, the USHCC Foundation, and a collective vote from Liberty Power team members. The three winners were honored by Nina Vaca, USHCC Foundation Chairman, Alberto Daire, co-founder and President of Liberty Power, as well as Tim LoCascio, Liberty Power’s Director of Marketing and Bright Horizons Program Director, during the annual convention’s closing gala on October 11.

“We are extremely proud to be able to support such an exceptional group of talented students,” Daire stated. “It’s personally very rewarding to be able to support the educational pursuits of the future generation and provide them with a memorable experience.”

The fifth annual Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship application period is scheduled to open in Spring, 2017.

 

About Liberty Power

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Liberty Power is the largest owner-operated retail electricity provider in the United States based on 2015 DNV GL rankings of electricity retailers. The company is also the first minority-owned provider with a national footprint, and the largest Hispanic-owned energy company in the United States according to Hispanic Business magazine. Liberty Power provides large and small businesses, government agencies and residential customers with competitively-priced electricity and exceptional customer service.

For more information please visit www.libertypowercorp.com.

 

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The USHCC Foundation is committed to giving Hispanic entrepreneurs life-long learning by developing and implementing initiatives and educational campaigns to awaken and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. The Foundation leverages corporate and public support to ensure that existing and aspiring Latino entrepreneurs gain access and achieve success in the world of business.

Please visit www.ushccfoundation.org for more information.

 

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of nearly 4.1 million Hispanic-owned businesses across the United States that together contribute in excess of $661 billion to the American economy each year. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico.

For more information visit www.ushcc.com.

Liberty Power is a registered trademark of Liberty Power Corp. LLC, whose subsidiaries are certified and licensed to provide retail electric service by the PUC / PSC of CA, CT, DC, DE, IL, ME, MD, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TX and VA.

USHCC Foundation Applauds Cinemark for Aiding Ecuador

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The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USHCCF) is delighted to announce the generous donation of more than $65,000 by Cinemark Holdings, Inc. to the USHCCF Ecuador Small Business Reconstruction & Recovery program. 

 

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - June 13, 2016) The funds donated include employee contributions, Cinemark matching funds, and a grant from the Mitchell Foundation.

The USHCCF program was launched in response to the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Ecuador in April 2016. More than 660 people have been killed, with more than 27,000 injured. Thousands of homes, businesses, public buildings and schools are in ruins. In recent days, additional powerful quakes and aftershocks have again struck the region, causing further damage. In Ecuador, Cinemark operates a total of seven theaters, including two in Quito, three in Guayaquil, one in Latacunga and one in Ambato.

USHCCF Chairman Nina Vaca explained: "While the disaster has already faded from the headlines, the acute needs of water, food, clothing and shelter are thankfully being addressed. Unfortunately, the people of Ecuador are also dealing with the long-term effects losing family, friends and property. They are also coping with the challenge of restoring their communities -- specifically, the small business enterprises upon which countless families depend for their livelihood. It is on their behalf that I want to thank the many Cinemark employees who so generously gave from their own pockets to help those affected." Cinemark Holdings then matched all employee contributions.

"Our hearts go out to the people and businesses that have been impacted by the devastating earthquake in Ecuador," said Mark Zoradi, Chief Executive Officer of Cinemark Holdings, Inc. "Though the reconstruction and healing process will take time, we hope our employees' personal donations and the matching funds from Cinemark will aid in rebuilding businesses and helping those in need."

"At the USHCCF, we are staying true to our mission by aiding the reconstruction effort specifically to help entrepreneurs re-build their damaged or destroyed small businesses. We will direct the aid to the communities and small businesses that need it most. We are immensely grateful to Cinemark for bolstering this effort with their generous contribution" said Javier Palomarez, USHCC President & CEO.

The USHCC Foundation pioneers programs that actively bolster the growth of both established and aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals, including America's women, youth, and local business leaders. At the Table is a national movement ensuring female entrepreneurs and corporate professionals are receiving the strategic resources, access, and influence they need to expand their enterprises and bolster their careers.

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation also supports America's next generation of business leaders. The BizVenture program fosters the innovative spirit of college students through Youth Entrepreneurship competitions and scholarships. Finally, the Foundation's Chamber Training Institute, delivered by faculty from the University of Notre Dame, provides professional training to local chamber leaders, fostering economic development by helping them better serve their millions of small business members nationwide.

 

ABOUT CINEMARK HOLDINGS, INC.

Cinemark is a leading domestic and international motion picture exhibitor, operating 516 theatres with 5,540 screens in 41 U.S. states, Brazil, Argentina and 12 other Latin American countries as of March 31, 2016. For more information, go to investors.cinemark.com

ABOUT THE USHCC

The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.1 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $661 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, visit ushcc.com.

ABOUT THE USHCC FOUNDATION

The mission of the USHCC Foundation is to enrich the experiences of future leaders in the world of business through life-long learning and support. The Foundation's initiatives awaken and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit, support business growth, strengthen local chambers and foster leaders. Please visit www.ushccfoundation.org for more information.

 

Contact:

DeVere Kutscher 

SVP, USHCC Foundation 

dkutscher@ushcc.com

202-715-0497

 

Eliza Hernandez 

Vice President, USHCC Foundation 

ehernandez@ushccf.org

919-360-5326

 

Liberty Power Partners with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation for Fourth Annual Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship Awards

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Liberty Power, the nation’s largest owner-operated retail electric supplier, is proud to announce the launch of the fourth annual Liberty Power Bright Horizons Scholarship. 

FT. LAURDERDALE – April 24th, 2016 – Established in 2013, the scholarship is an ongoing collaborative effort between Liberty Power and the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation. The partnership’s focus is to provide a collective $100,000 in scholarships over the course of five years to eligible college students pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education with an interest in engaging a career in either the energy or environmental field.

“Each year the applicants raise the bar a little higher. Their appetite for learning, ideas for the future and contributions to the energy community continue to supersede our expectations”, said David Hernandez, co-founder & CEO of Liberty Power. “As we embark on the fourth year of the Bright Horizons Scholarship, we can clearly see this program is making a real difference in helping STEM students to power their dreams.”

The Bright Horizons Scholarship has already awarded 10 students a total of $60,000 toward powering their dreams. This year, the scholarship program will award a total of $20,000 in the form of three scholarships valued at $10,000, $6,000, and $4,000. The winners of the 2016 Bright Horizons Scholarship will be announced at the USHCC National Convention on October 9-11 in Miami, Florida.

“The Bright Horizons Scholarship is a great vehicle for ensuring affordable education remains a priority, and specifically, in paving the way for students studying STEM,” said USHCC Foundation Chairman, Nina Vaca. “This program has also strengthened the partnership between the USHCC Foundation and Liberty Power as we watch our shared venture bears fruit year after year.”

Students who are currently studying STEM at an accredited two or four-year university with an interest in the fields of energy or the environment are welcome to apply by August 15, 2016. 

For more information and to apply for the Bright Horizons Scholarship program, please visit: www.libertypowercorp.com/scholarship 

 

About Liberty Power 

Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Liberty Power is the largest completely independent, privately-held retail electric supplier in the United States based on 2015 DNV GL rankings of electric retailers. The company is also the first minority-owned supplier with a national footprint, and the largest Hispanic-owned energy company in the United States according to Hispanic Business. Liberty Power provides large and small businesses, government agencies and residential customers with low-cost electricity and exceptional customer service.

For more information on Liberty Power, please visit www.libertypowercorp.com 

 

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The USHCC Foundation is committed to giving Hispanic entrepreneurs life-long learning by developing and implementing initiatives and educational campaigns to awaken and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. The Foundation leverages corporate and public support to ensure that existing and aspiring Latino entrepreneurs gain access and achieve success in the world of business. 

For more information on the USHCC Foundation, please visit www.ushccfoundation.org

 

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of nearly 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that generate $465 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers in the United States and Puerto Rico.

For more information on the USHCC, please visit www.ushcc.com.

Liberty Power is a registered trademark of Liberty Power Corp. LLC, whose subsidiaries are certified and licensed to provide retail electric service by the PUC / PSC of CA, CT, DC, DE, IL, ME, MD, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, TX and VA.

 

CONTACT: 

Tim LoCascio, (954) 598-7063 

tlocascio@libertypowercorp.com

USHCC Foundation Hosts Bizfest in Washington, DC

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The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USHCCF) will host their BizFest Youth Entrepreneurship program April 8 – 10, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

BizFest is a three-day concentrated workshop that gives a diverse group of high school students the unique opportunity to learn how to turn hobbies into profitable business ventures by offering hands-on, personal mentoring, while encouraging students to pursue higher education and become the future business leaders of America. 

“The USHCC Foundation is thrilled to once again host the Bizfest Youth Entrepreneurship program right here in DC,” said USHCC Foundation Chair Nina Vaca. “Workforce development and educational initiatives like Bizfest allow Americans from all walks of life to contribute to the nation’s economic growth. We look forward to promoting youth entrepreneurship among our students.” For the second year in a row, Bank of America is the exclusive sponsor of the regional BizFest Youth Entrepreneurship program, reaffirming its commitment to youth entrepreneurship and leadership. This program provides students with a personalized course on financial responsibility including topics such as: how to build good credit, create savings, and budgeting.

Students from the Washington metropolitan area will go through an academic workshop delivered by the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). As part of the workshop, the students will develop a viable idea and business plan, which they will individually present to an exclusive panel of community leaders and high-level executive judges. The top three winners of the BizFest Youth Entrepreneurship program will receive up to $2,000 in the form of scholarships to the college or university of their choice.

About the USHCC

The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.1 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $661 

billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 259 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, visit www.ushcc.com.

About the USHCC Foundation

The mission of the USHCC Foundation is to enrich the experiences of future leaders in the world of business through life-long learning and support. The Foundation’s initiatives awaken and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit, support business growth, strengthen local chambers and foster leaders. Please visit www.ushccfoundation.org for more information on the USHCC Foundation.

 

Contact

Victoria Souza

Program Manager, USHCC Foundation

423-774-1987

 

Nidya Sarria

Senior Manager of Communication, USHCC

786-514-1311

USHCC Foundation Hosts Chamber Training Institute (CTI) in Austin, TX

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation is delighted to host the second Chamber Training Institute (CTI) of 2016 on March 24-25 in Austin, TX.  

Long recognized as a center of academic excellence, Austin is now a world-renowned capital of creativity and innovation in technology, business, arts and entertainment.   

 

The Chamber Training Institute (CTI) is a program designed with the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, facilitated by Notre Dame faculty, and sponsored by Wells Fargo. USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez said: “The CTI program was created out of the notion that we have a responsibility to develop and empower diverse chamber leaders, providing unique educational opportunities that help them grow and build their local organizations. This benefits not only their small business members, but entire American communities.” USHCC Foundation Chairman Nina Vaca added: “The USHCC Foundation believes that America’s diverse business communities work best when we work together, and that embracing diversity is not just the right thing to do - it's also smart business. In that vein, the training institute was expanded last year to include fellow chamber leaders from the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC); U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC); and National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).” Click HERE for program details.

 

Since its inception in 2010, CTI has allowed more than 900 leaders from 300 chambers to participate in this free, two-day training, after which they return to their communities to foster the growth and prosperity of their local business members. Participants who attend the program receive a certificate of completion from the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza School of Business.

 “Wells Fargo is committed to helping business owners achieve financial success, grow and create new jobs in their communities,” said Lisa Stevens, head of Small Business for Wells Fargo. “Supporting the Chamber Training Institute is one way we are working to help diverse small business leaders serve their communities more effectively.” 

 

The USHCC Foundation is also hosting a reception in the Stark Center (inside Texas Memorial Stadium) on campus at the University of Texas – Austin, on Thursday, March 24 at 6pm.

 

About The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The USHCC Foundation is the philanthropic and educational arm of the USHCC. The mission of the USHCC Foundation is to enrich experiences of current and future leaders in the world of business through life-long learning and support. The Foundation's initiatives awaken and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit, support business growth, strengthen local chambers and foster leaders. For more information, visit www.ushccfoundation.org 

USHCC Foundation Hosts Chamber Training Institute (CTI) in Charlotte, NC

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The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation is hosting the first Chamber Training Institute (CTI) of 2016 on January 28—29 in Charlotte, NC. 

 

WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2016 - The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation is hosting the first Chamber Training Institute (CTI) of 2016 on January 28—29 in Charlotte, NC. 

The Chamber Training Institute (CTI) is a program designed with the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business and sponsored by Wells Fargo. The CTI program develops and empowers diverse chamber leaders while providing unique educational opportunities on how to grow and build their local organizations for the benefit of its small business community members. The training institute was expanded last year to include chamber leaders from the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC); U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC); and National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). Click HERE for program details.

Since its inception in 2010, CTI has allowed more than 890 leaders from 294 chambers to participate in this free, two-day training, after which they return to their communities to foster the growth and prosperity of their local business members. Participants who attend the program receive a certificate of completion from the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza School of Business.

The CTI is one part of Wells Fargo's four-point plan, introduced in 2015 to address key findings in the Wells Fargo-sponsored Small Business Diverse Segments Lending Study conducted by Gallup. The investment is also part of Wells Fargo's ongoing commitment to train leaders of diverse-segment chambers of commerce that includes more than $6 million in grants and sponsorships since 2003.

The USHCC Foundation is also hosting a reception with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) at the Omni Hotel in downtown Charlotte on January 27. 

 

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The USHCC Foundation is the philanthropic and educational arm of the USHCC. The mission of the USHCC Foundation is to enrich experiences of current and future leaders in the world of business through life-long learning and support. The Foundation's initiatives awaken and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit, support business growth, strengthen local chambers and foster leaders. For more information, visit www.ushccfoundation.org.

 

Media Contact

Nidya Sarria

Senior Communications Manager

786-514-1311

Chamber Training Institute in San Francisco Caps-off Successful Year

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This week in San Francisco, California, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC)Foundation concluded the sixth Chamber Training Institute (CTI) of 2015. Chamber Training Institute (CTI) is a program designed with the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and sponsored by Wells Fargo. 

The CTI program  develops and empowers diverse chamber leaders while providing unique educational opportunities on how to grow and build their local organizations for the benefit of its small business community members. The training institute was expanded this year to include chamber leaders from the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC), U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) and National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). 

The latest session of CTI saw the participation of 61 leaders from 31 chambers across the country. Since its inception in 2010, CTI has allowed more than 890 leaders from 294 chambers to participate in this free, two-day training.

The CTI is one part of Wells Fargo’s four-point plan, introduced earlier this year to help diverse-owned small businesses become credit-ready, access credit and achieve financial success. The investment is also part of Wells Fargo’s ongoing commitment to train leaders of diverse-segment chambers of commerce that includes more than $6 million in grants and sponsorships since 2003. 

“The USHCC commends Wells Fargo for their continued investment in minority-owned small businesses, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to enriching diverse communities across America,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “Wells Fargo’s support makes it possible for the USHCC Foundation to provide our Chamber Training Institute (CTI), among other programs and grants. CTI is absolutely essential to our local chambers and makes a direct impact in the lives of entrepreneurs across the country. We look forward to growing our strong alliance with Wells Fargo.” 

USHCC Foundation Chairman, Nina Vaca said:“This valuable program, in collaboration with our fellow diverse chambers is another great example of what can be accomplished when all our communities work together. We demonstrate that we work best when we cooperate, and our businesses succeed when we all do. While they may have some unique circumstances, Minority entrepreneurs share the same challenges and aspirations as all American business owners. Their success is instrumental in creating jobs and driving economic development in some of our country’s fastest-growing markets – frankly where it’s needed most." 

To read more about Wells Fargo's 4-point plan, please visit: https://wellsfargoworks.com/insights/financial-needs-of-diverse-owned-small-businesses

 Photo caption: Thank you to our Wells Fargo partners & friends! Special thank you to Gigi Dixon and Denise Miles for your support of the USHCC Foundation and the CTI program.

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The USHCC Foundation is the philanthropic and educational arm of the USHCC. The mission of the USHCC Foundation is to enrich experiences of current and future leaders in the world of business through life-long learning and support. The Foundation's initiatives awaken and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit, support business growth, strengthen local chambers and foster leaders. 

For more information, visit www.ushccfoundation.org.