|2015 Alegria Ball - Puerto Rico: Del Mar y El and 6th Annual Excelencia Hispanic Business Awards
On January 16, 2015, hundreds joined the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for a 25th anniversary celebration at the 2015 Alegría Ball; Puerto Rico: del Mar y el Sol at Vie in Philadelphia.
The largest Latino business gathering in the region, the 2015 Alegría Ball brought together people of varied ethnic, professional, business and geographical backgrounds to achieve a common goal -- support of local Hispanic business development and educational programs provided by the GPHCC. The proceeds give much valued assistance to the Small Business Development and Education program offering workshops, seminars, minority business services, technical assistance and business development opportunities for Latino businesses and entrepreneurs across the region. GPHCC works to promote, develop and advocate for Hispanic business in the Greater Philadelphia region.
|An Influential and Impactful 2014 PMN Youth Summit
On December 12th, the GPHCC partnered with Thomas A. Edison High School to hold the impactful 2014 PMN Youth Summit; over 30 professionals gathered at the Pennsylvania Convention Center to facilitate workshops on professional etiquette, social media image, financial literacy, and resume writing. In addition, the professionals shared their personal and professional stories with over 80 students from Thomas A. Edison's senior class.
The day began with a presentation by Founder & CEO of Wash Cycle Laundry Gabriel Mandujano, who shared his entrepreneurial story as well as the importance of a green business and lifestyle.
Connecting Latino professionals with Latino youth has been one of the central purposes of the GPHCC's Professional Mentoring Network since its inception in 2007. Mentoring Latino youth by sharing professional experiences and exposing students to a brighter future and a more stable outlook on life helps address issues such as high school drop-out rates and strengthening the workforce pipeline.
The GPHCC gives a heartfelt thank you to all of the 2014 Youth Summit participants and especially Thomas A. Edison High School and it's students for helping us make this great day possible.
GPHCC Releases First-Ever "The State of Hispanic Business" Report
The Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GPHCC) has released "The State of Hispanic Business" for the Greater Philadelphia region. The report, which was conducted by the GPHCC and Temple University's Fox School of Business in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development, contains data offering insights and analyses about Latino Businesses and consumers in the Greater Philadelphia region. GPHCC shared details of the report at a news conference attended by local business and government leaders from the Hispanic and non-Hispanic communities as well as Chamber members.
"The State of Hispanic Business is a comprehensive study that is long-overdue," said Varsovia Fernandez, President and CEO of the GPHCC. "The report provides business and consumer insights about Latinos, the region's fastest growing and increasingly influential market segment. As a result, we see the need to expand upon this report and work with our partners to find the critical pathways for the Hispanic community to be appreciated and developed via traditional measures as an economic driver for the region and nation."
The results of the report illustrate the need to further research the state of Hispanic business in the Greater Philadelphia region. Whereas most important and meaningful information has been collected, a deeper set of questions must be asked for the general market to fully comprehend what the continued emerging and fast-growing Latino business and consumer markets need.
Click here to read or download the report.
|¡Celebramos! 4th Annual Fiesta Comerciants Calle 9
Thousands of people packed into a stretch of Ninth Street in South Philadelphia on Sunday for Fiesta Comerciantes Calle 9. The event, co-presented by the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and ProSur, and co-sponsored by GPHCC partners Wells Fargo and Customers Bank, featured vendors of all types who lined the street selling their products and promoting their businesses.
Numerous musical acts performed along with authentic Mexican dances and cultural traditions that both entertained the crowd and celebrated Mexican independence as well as Hispanic Heritage Month. The vibrant late-summer day in South Philly helped make Calle 9 a beneficial promotional opportunity for the participating comerciantes and businesses.
|The GPHCC 12th Annual Golf Tournament - A Hole In One!
We thank all members and friends who made the GPHCC 12th Annual Golf Tournament a fantastic day of business networking fun and successful; and congratulations to all prize winners!
Phillies 1993 World Series pitcher Tommy Greene shared in the revelry as a guest of the event, and helped kick off the shotgun to begin the day.
Thank you to the many corporate and small businesses who partnered with the GPHCC to help make the event a rousing success, helping fundraise for the chamber's Small Business Development and Education program which serves small business owners with technical and financial assistance.
The GPHCC is thrilled by our members' support and participation.
Tatiana Cuevas, Thomas A. Edison High School Student, Awarded Dr. José E. Lebrón Scholarship from GPHCC Professional Mentoring Network
"Taking the initiative to leave my parents' home to go to a bigger city to pursue my studies was the beginning of my journey," said Ruben Mendiola, President of Mun2, when addressing the 120 professionals and executives that gathered at the Comcast Center for the Professional Mentoring Network's (PMN) annual scholarship reception. Mr. Mendiola shared his story of professional growth, from growing up in Veracruz, to moving to Mexico City and then to the United States; all because of a scholarship he received in high school.
This year's recipient of the Dr. José E. Lebrón Scholarship is Tatiana Cuevas, a Thomas A. Edison High School graduate who will begin her academic career with a two-year scholarship to the Community College of Philadelphia. Endowed by the GPHCC, the Dr. José E. Lebrón Scholarship awards one Latino high school student with the privilege to attend the Community College of Philadelphia to complete a two-year associate's degree. By opening the door to higher education, the Professional Mentoring Network hopes to provide a sense of empowerment to future Latino generations and future leaders to increase the workforce pipeline in the region. PMN professionals also provide role modeling and mentoring support to scholars while attending the Community College of Philadelphia.
"You are on the right path. We are looking forward to seeing you as a leader in the community," said David L. Cohen, Executive Vice President of Comcast in addressing Ms. Cuevas and the audience. Said Mr. Cohen, "Promoting the scholarship and academic success of the young people in the local communities where we live and work is a community investment priority for Comcast."
Varsovia Fernandez, CEO of the GPHCC, joined Joseph E. Schupp, Sr. Vice President of Customer's Bank, who awarded the Hispanic Chamber with a $25,000 contribution, including $10,000 for the Dr. José E. Lebrón Scholarship Fund.
If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund click here.
|Professional Mentoring Network Delivers Influential and Impactful 2013 Youth Summit
Connecting Latino professionals with Latino youth has been one of the central purposes of the GPHCC's Professional Mentoring Network since its inception in 2007. Mentoring Latino youth by sharing professional experiences and exposing students to a brighter future and a more stable outlook on life helps address issues such as high school drop-out rates and strengthening the workforce pipeline. On November 13th, the GPHCC partnered with Thomas A. Edison High School to hold the impactful 2013 PMN Youth Summit. Nearly 60 professionals gathered at the high school to share their personal and professional college and career stories. Additional activities included a career fair, Lebron Scholarship Fund consultations and mentoring sessions from professionals to groups of engaged students. Latino professionals served nearly 600 students through the Youth Summit.
The day culminated with a presentation by founder & CEO of Wash Cycle Laundry Gabriel Mandujano, an expert in green business strategies and energy conservation. Mr. Mandujano shared his knowledge with students in a packed auditorium by sharing his entrepreneurial story as well as the importance of a green business and lifestyle. Students asked plenty of questions about energy, business and college financing. Verizon's vice president Douglas Smith shared energy conservation tips and consumer education strategy. The GPHCC gives a heartfelt thank you to all of the 2013 Youth Summit participants and especially Thomas A. Edison High School and students for helping us make this great day possible.
The GPHCC hosted this year's 29th Annual Celebration of Philadelphia Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Tuesday morning. The impressive panel included, Warren Beideman, Customers Bank's Senior Vice President; Luis Liceaga, President of Impact Dimension; Manuel Trujillo, CEO of SwainTech's; and James W. Haile Jr., Supply Chain Management Consultant of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).
The panelists shared their take on corporate advocacy for minority businesses with professionals and entrepreneurs. Sharing the successes, challenges, traits and talents pertaining to business development, transformational leadership and profit driven sustainability, served as a learning experience for participants to cherish through their own career and personal growth.
|A Conversation with Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor
The Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce co-presented with the National Constitution Center was honored to bring Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Philadelphia. Varsovia Fernandez, President & CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce introduced Justice Sotomayor to a packed room where her dynamic charisma and inspiring words provided a stimulating open dialogue.
Her NYT bestseller My Beloved World was used as an outline of her life’s many adventures, hardships, and wonderful opportunities. Her motivating words of growing up in in the projects in the Bronx to working her way up to Yale Law School, and eventually the Supreme Court touched everyone in the room. Justice Sotomayor was so engaging that no matter where you were in the room you felt as if she was speaking directly to you. Justice Sotomayor makes the Hispanic community proud and teaches you that with an education, hard work and courage no goal is too high and anything in life can be achieved.