Banner Year for California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC)–Representing 800,000 Hispanic-owned Businesses–Welcomed 2500+ Leaders to 38th Annual Statewide Convention

The Hispanic business community is making a sizable impact on the state’s and nation’s economy, yet needs to prepare the next set of leaders to carry the torch of Hispanic entrepreneurship and civic involvement.

The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC), which represents the business interests of over 800,000 Hispanic-owned businesses throughout the State of California, held its 38th annual statewide convention in Sonoma County at the end of August.

The convention’s overwhelming success was measured by the discussed topics, launched initiatives, award recipients, and by the standing-room-only general sessions featuring special guests, including Benjamin “el elotero” Ramirez—who defended his business on a Hollywood street corner from racist and violent behavior, emerging as a leader in the small business community—Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio, who represents California’s 48th Assembly District, and Hector Barreto, Chairman of the Latino Coalition.

“Our 38th convention served as a bridge for entrepreneurs and leaders from across the state to reach new heights with regards to business performance, community involvement, and making a statement of solidarity to be one with each another,” said Julian Cañete, CHCC’s President and CEO. “The Hispanic business community is making a sizable impact on the state’s and nation’s economy, yet needs to prepare the next set of leaders to carry the torch of Hispanic entrepreneurship and civic involvement. The convention was equal parts celebration and inspiration, a commitment to leadership and service.”

CHCC recognized the effort and leadership of many and the surprise CHCC Chairman’s Award was presented by Frank Montes (current CHCC Chairman) to Juan P. Garcia, who has long been recognized as a leader in the Hispanic community and beyond. In his capacity as CHCC’s Deputy Director, Garcia’s strategic vision and precise tactical execution have played a crucial role in the organization, positively impacting thousands of businesses across California.

A salient aspect of each year’s CHCC convention is the annual election of key officers and directors by Hispanic business owners and chamber leaders. This year’s results included re-election of the leaders…

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