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.

USHCC Foundation Congratulates Winners of the 2015 National BizFest High School Entrepreneurship Program

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Twelve students from across the country joined the 2015 United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention in Houston, TX to compete in the BizFest National Entrepreneurship Competition.

 

Four students from each regional location progressed to the National Competition, a program presented by Bank of America, sponsored by Kohl's Department Stores and Ford Motor Company Fund. A total of $10,000 in scholarship funds were awarded to Karina Gonzalez, Storm Turner, Deniz Lopez-Jimenez, and Juan Rodriguez.

"The USHCC Foundation understands the value of investing in America's future. BizFest works with students to develop skills for young entrepreneurs to succeed in our changing economy. Programs like BizFest are the engine of a diverse American economy," said Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce & Foundation.

BizFest is a three-day workshop that teaches high school students how to turn hobbies into profitable business ventures; offers hands-on, practical training for aspiring entrepreneurs; and encourages students to pursue a higher education to become the future business leaders of America. During the BizFest Washington, DC, Texas, and California Regional Competitions students were motivated to think outside the box and create solutions to modern day problems. Professors from the University of Texas-Pan American provided students with the tools to create a successful business plan. 

"We recognize that workforce development and education initiatives that help young people gain critical entrepreneurial and personal financial management skills are critical to economic growth," said Kerry Sullivan, President, Bank of America Charitable Foundation. "We're pleased to partner with USHCC Foundation and support programs like BizFest that connect young entrepreneurs with the tools and resources needed to succeed in an ever-changing, diverse economy."

Wells Fargo Fuels Diverse Chamber Leader Training, Programs with $1.2M Investment

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Funding to benefit diverse Chambers of Commerce: U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce and National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

 HOUSTON – Sept. 21, 2015 – Wells Fargo, America’s leading small business lender*, and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation announced today a $1.2 million investment spanning two years. The majority of the funding will be used to establish training opportunities for diverse-owned small business leaders across the nation. The investment is 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.”

The $1.2 million total investment, announced at the USHCC 2015 National Convention, will fund micro-grants, a leadership training impact study and the expansion of the Chamber Training Institute (CTI), a program designed in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. The CTI program develops and empowers diverse chamber leaders while providing unique educational opportunities on how to grow and build their chamber for the benefit of its small business community members.  Additionally, 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.

 

National Chambers Key to Driving Diverse Leader Development

The Chamber 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 collaboration and combined effort of the USHCC, USPAACC, USBC and NGLCC will expand the current program during the next two years to allow more than 800 diverse chamber leaders to participate in a free, two-day training. Currently, the CTI program has trained more than 820 leaders across 253 chambers since 2010.

 "We are proud to be a stakeholder in the Chamber Training Institute – a brainchild of Wells Fargo and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. It is a noteworthy venture that will drive national economic development and build success for our respective constituents,” said, USPAACC National President and CEO Susan Au Allen.

“The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. supports the Chamber Training Institute by promoting it to our 115 chamber across the nation. Specifically, USBC brought Cassius Butts, the Southeast Regional Administrator of the Small Business Administration to the Chamber Training Institute in Atlanta,” said USBC National President and CEO Ron Busby. “This program has educated our membership on issues in the Hispanic, Asian, and Gay and Lesbian communities and provided a platform for multilateral collaboration.” 

"The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with the USHCC in the Chamber Development Institute. This is not only a valuable learning program for our local affiliate chambers across the nation, it’s also another example of how we actively promote all diverse communities working together just as we pledged to do when we founded the National Business Inclusion Consortium.” said, NGLCC Co-founder and President Justin Nelson.

 

Wells Fargo Support for Small Businesses Extends Beyond Training 

“We are committed to helping business owners achieve financial success, grow and create new jobs in their communities,” said Jon Campbell, EVP and head of Government and Community Relations for Wells Fargo. “That is why it’s important for us to fund initiatives that aim to help small business leaders serve their communities more effectively. With the support from our partners at the national diverse chambers, this investment will provide dedicated resources to better serve the growth and development of diverse small business owners.”

Wells Fargo has a rich history of serving the small business community. Today, the company serves approximately 3 million of America’s small businesses. In 2014, Wells Fargo introduced Wells Fargo Works for Small BusinessSM  – a broad initiative to deliver resources, guidance and products to help business owners achieve financial success. This year, the company expanded the support it offers small businesses by introducing the Business Plan Center, a free online resource. The Center provides step-by-step tools and guidance to help small business owners create a simple, streamlined business plan, along with a Competitive Intelligence Tool that provides business owners with key insight on competitors in their market and industry. 

  

About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.7 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through 8,700 locations, 12,800 ATMs, the internet (wellsfargo.com) and mobile banking, and has offices in 36 countries to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 266,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 30 on Fortune’s 2015 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.

 

About The USHCC 

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation's entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $486 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the nation, and partners with more than 240 major corporations. For more information, visit www.ushcc.com.

  

Media Contacts:

USHCC

Ammar Campa-Najjar

ANajjar@ushcc.com

Phone: (619) 721-5148

 

Wells Fargo

Edna Silva

Edna.M.Silva@wellsfargo.com

Phone: (213) 248-1415

 

USHCC Foundation Hosts Regional BizFest Youth Entrepreneurship Competition in Washington, DC

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WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015 – This weekend United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation will host their first Washington D.C. Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Competition. BizFest, is a three-day workshop that teaches high school students how to turn hobbies into profitable business ventures, offers hands-on, practical training for aspiring entrepreneurs, and encourages students to pursue a higher education and become the future business leaders of America. 

“The USHCC understands the value of investing in America’s future. BizFest works with students to develop skills for young entrepreneurs to succeed in our changing economy. Programs like BizFest are the engine of a diverse American economy” said Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

 

Bank of America is sponsoring the regional program, reaffirming its commitment to youth entrepreneurship and leadership.

Finalist will progress to the BizFest National Competition held in conjunction with the 2015 USHCC National Convention in Houston, TX in September. The USHCC Foundation will cover the costs of travel, meals and lodging for the students to attend this convention where chamber leaders and business executives gather annually.

At the National Competition, the students will compete against other finalists from the Regional Competitions held in Fort Worth, TX and Santa Ana, CA. The top winners of the National BizFest Youth Entrepreneurship Competition will be awarded scholarships in the amount of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 to help defray college costs.

 

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation’s entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $486 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide, and partners with more than 240 major corporations throughout the United States.

 

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: 

 

Ammar Campa-Najjar

Director of Communications and Marketing

619-721-5148

 

Eliza Hernandez

Director, USHCC Foundation

919-360-5326

USHCC Recognizes Outstanding Local Chambers

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) honored three Hispanic chambers with the Chamber of the Year Award for outstanding service to their local business members and communities. The recipients were announced during the 2014 USHCC National Convention in Salt Lake City – officially the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in American history.

 

“The USHCC is proud to recognize the remarkable contributions local chambers are making in their communities and across the nation,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “It is through the groundbreaking work of our chambers that small businesses are enjoying access to information, networks, and resources for their continued growth. Through the USHCC Foundation’s programs and initiatives, our association will continue to support those local chamber leaders who demonstrate good will and invest hard work toward promoting America’s small business community.”

Applicants from across the nation were judged on their accomplishments, leadership, service and commitment to the small business community.

 

The winners of the 2014 USHCC Small, Medium and Large Chamber Awards are:

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Small: Fresno Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; President: Dora Westerlund

The Small Chamber of the Year Award was presented to the Fresno Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce that houses the first Hispanic business incubator in the Western United States and serves as a one-stop-shop for start-ups and expanding business in the area.

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Medium: Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte; President: Astrid Chirinos

The Medium Chamber of the Year Award was presented to the Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Charlotte that has focused on building access to networks, leadership development and supplier diversity in the Charlotte area.  

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Large: Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce; President: Alex Romero

The Large Chamber of the Year Award was presented to the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce that has been used as a community hub to include the Barelas Economic Opportunity Center (BEOC) offering job training and computer access for low-income neighborhoods.

 

The Small, Medium and Large Chamber of the Year Awards honor accomplished Hispanic chambers of commerce that serve fewer than 249 members, between 250 and 499 members, and more than 500 members, respectively.

 

For more information, visit www.ushccfoundation.org.

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USHCC Foundation and Group O Award $10,000 Scholarship to Hispanic MBA Student

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation announced that Julian Valencia, MBA student at the University of Iowa, has been awarded a $10,000 scholarship sponsored by Group O. This is the second of five scholarships to be awarded as part of the company’s $50,000 commitment to funding business education. 

 

Valencia’s award was announced at the USHCC National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in America.

 

“The USHCC applauds Group O for expanding access to higher education for our nation’s youth by providing these substantial scholarships, an investment that illustrates their commitment to cultivating America’s next generation of leaders. Group O has opened doors to these students, empowering them to reach their highest potential,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “I have no doubt that these students will accomplish great things, and look forward to seeing how their achievements contribute to our nation’s progress.” 

 

Group O is a diversified company that specializes in marketing services, business analytics, supply chain operations and strategic packaging solutions. Founded in 1974, the company is now among the Top 5 Latino-owned business in the United States. Group O, with the USHCC Foundation, has made a $50,000 commitment to award five graduate-level students with scholarships over the course of five years. Each year, the scholarship recipient will come from a different university, with the 2014 scholarship being for the University of Iowa.

 

“Our philosophy is that everyone wins when people are given an opportunity to show what they can do,” said Gregg Ontiveros, Group O CEO.  “The next generation of Hispanic business leaders will need to be prepared to lead and compete on a global level — and we’re excited to partner with USHCC to help make that happen.”

 

Valencia is a young entrepreneur and a leader for the community. After graduating from Ohio State University, Valencia joined Teach for America and served as a middle school teacher for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. In addition, Valencia has founded three companies, co-founded a non-profit organization, worked as an inner city teacher, and organized multiple community events in Ohio, Florida, and Colorado. After graduation, he plans to focus on his latest venture- Career Karma- to continue his passion for education and create systems that empower students.

 

 

About Group O

Group O is a diversified business process outsourcing provider specializing in marketing services, business analytics, supply chain operations and strategic packaging solutions. A Corporate Plus member of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (nmsdc.org), Group O is an NMSDC National Minority Supplier of the Year honoree and is recognized as a Top 5 Latino-owned Business by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Headquartered in Milan, IL, Group O is one of the largest Hispanic-owned companies in the United States and employs more than 1,500. To learn more, visit www.GroupO.com. 

 

The USHCC 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.

 

Contact:

Eliza Hernandez

Director

USHCC Foundation

919-360-5326

 

USHCC Foundation Announces Inaugural Women’s Entrepreneurship Competition Winners

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The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation has partnered with the Kauffman Foundation to celebrate and empower female entrepreneurs through the At the Table Entrepreneurship Competition. Betty Manetta, President & CEO of Argent Associates, Gail M. Smith, Co-Chairman & Founder of Abbene Smith Gold LLC (ASG), and Yamila Constantino Mendez, President of Dinero Y Mas were selected as winners during the 2014 USHCC National Convention.

“While Hispanic entrepreneurs are opening businesses at an unmatched rate, Latinas are leading our community’s growth by starting new enterprises at a rate of four to one when compared to their counterparts,” USHCC President & CEO said Javier Palomarez. “Through our At The Table program, the USHCC Foundation is providing women entrepreneurs the resources and networks they need to continue spurring  job creation, innovation, and economic development nationwide. We look forward to reporting the progress of this year’s winners and celebrating their collective contributions.”

 

 

The USHCC Foundation has partnered with the Kauffman Foundation, Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Doral Bank, Google and Facebook to provide resources and tools for women to continue to grow their businesses. With the help of Michelle Mulligan, the Editor in Chief of Cosmo Latina, the winners will be featured in the upcoming October issue. Their stories will be seen and read by more than 30 million people, inspiring young women entrepreneurs across the country.

“As a presidential ambassador for global entrepreneurship and an advocate for women in business, I am proud to recognize and celebrate some truly amazing women. Today, we are honoring some of our country’s most influential women who have pioneered their way in every industry from the world of business, government, philanthropy, education and beyond,” said Chairman of the USHCC Foundation Nina Vaca. “These high achieving women have been at the forefront of our country’s progress and are taking a seat At The Table.”

At the Table Entrepreneurship Competition is part of the At the Table: Women in Business and Leadership initiative, led by the USHCC Foundation, which ensures women entrepreneurs and business professionals receive the much needed resources and skills to propel them to higher levels of success and influence. At the Table is a multifaceted platform that leverages existing resources and the influential leadership of the USHCC network to foster the growth and business acumen of Latinas and women.

“The ‘At The Table’ competition not only called attention to the work of Hispanic businesswomen and emerging entrepreneurs individually, it also built a greater network among them collectively,” said Katie Baker, Director of iStart at the Kauffman Foundation. “The excitement around this initiative has raised awareness of the issues Latina founders often face, and increased the number of mentors and role models available — all of which are sure to continue to grow in the future. It’s one of the best outcomes we could have hoped for.”

 

About the USHCC 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. 

 

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USHCC Foundation

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