Latino Business Leaders and Millennial Entrepreneurs Join Forces at 37th Annual California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Convention

CHCC Leads Conversation Surrounding Business Growth, Energy, and the
California Drought

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#CaliforniaBusiness–The California
Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC)
, the premier organization
promoting the development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and emerging
Hispanic businesses in California, kicks off the 2016 Annual Convention
in Riverside, CA, September 21st to 23rd at the
Riverside Convention Center.

Starts Here
is the theme of the 37th Annual Conference
. The
three day convention will focus on new innovations sparking the
creativity of entrepreneurs throughout California, technologies
transforming industries, and recognizing Hispanic millennials and
Latinas who are forging their own paths in business.

During the weeklong convention, the CHCC is tackling issues impacting
not only Hispanic-owned businesses, but the livelihood and success of
businesses throughout California.

“We are shifting to a proactive approach, and addressing the tough
problems in our communities such as the drought, energy costs, and
excessive regulation, jeopardizing the growth and sustainability of
small and mid-size businesses,” said Juan P. Garcia, Deputy Director of
the California
Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
. “We are constructing comprehensive
solutions that benefit businesses and our Hispanic community,” added

Hispanics are now the majority in California, and with that comes an
added responsibly for the CHCC to advocate for our business community.
According to 2015 U.S. Census data, there are more than 815,000
Hispanic-owned businesses in California, generating more than $98
million in revenue, and creating 500,000 jobs.

“As a small business owner, I know the challenges Hispanic small
businesses in California face. As an organization that represents the
interest of businesses statewide, we will continue to be their voice and
provide them with the tools, information, and resources they need to
succeed, “said Frank Montes, Chairman of the CHCC Board of Directors.

Collaboration has opened new doors of opportunity, and created new
partnerships within the government and private sector for the CHCC and
its members.

The continued success of the organization would not be possible without
corporate partners that include this year’s Title sponsor Wells Fargo,
and new business ally, Frontier Communications.

“Wells Fargo is happy to advance the mission of CHCC, supporting their
important advocacy and education work for Hispanic businesses across the
state. We know that businesses are the engines that drive local
economies – creating jobs and helping to spur fiscal recovery, and we
recognize the success, growth and leadership of Hispanic business
owners,” said Area President, Inland Empire, Community Bank, Wells Fargo
& Company, Evelin Martinez.

“The success of Hispanic entrepreneurs and emerging Latino businesses is
a key to the economic vitality of California today and essential to
creating a strong future for all our communities,” said Frontier
Communications Senior Vice President Trent Anderson. “Frontier
Communications is proud to support the important work of the California
Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and their mission to promote, support and
encourage the advancement and development of Hispanic and other
diverse-owned businesses in our state.”

Among the new initiatives launched this year by the CHCC:

  • The Business Leadership Institute: A partnership with John F. Kennedy
  • The Millennial Project: Engages Hispanic Millennials to inject new
    ideas into the public and private sector
  • New collaborative opportunities with our LGBT and Veteran communities

“Latinos care about our community, our ‘familia,’ as business owners, we
are concerned for the livelihood of all businesses throughout the
state,” said Montes. “Hispanic millennials are behind innovative ideas
and solutions that are bringing new life to our family owned businesses,
and generating new solutions in the private and public sector to address
tough problems like the drought and energy needs,” added Montes.

This year’s CHCC Convention will include informative workshops for small
and mid-sized businesses, networking, procurement opportunities with
decision makers from the corporate and government sectors, a business
and innovation expo, and the popular “Hispanic Shark Tank” competition.

For more information about the 37th Annual Convention visit
our website:

The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) has a network
of over 45 Hispanic chambers and business associations throughout the
State of California. Through its network of Hispanic chambers and
business associations, the CHCC represents the interest of over 800,000
Hispanic business owners in California. The CHCC is the premier and
largest regional ethnic business organization in the nation that
promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs
and California’s Emerging Businesses. For more information, please visit
our website at


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