|25 Years and Growing!
The Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted its 25th Annual Meeting of the Membership & Chairman's Reception sponsored by PECO, an Exelon company. The event gathered over 85 members and stakeholders who heard about the chamber’s 2014 accomplishments, and what lies ahead in 2015.
Louis A. Rodriguez was unanimously elected as Chairman of the Board, bringing focus based on Latino business and economic growth to the youngest demographic in the region. The event also honored outgoing, long-time board members Mike Muñoz, Raymond Yabor and immediate past chairman Mario Zacharjasz. With warmth and appreciation, Chairman Rodriguez recognized Mario, Mike and Ray for their years of unparalleled service to the chamber and advancing its mission.
Secretary of State for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Pedro Cortes gave keynote remarks and emphasized the importance of commerce in the Latino community and the Commonwealth. State Senator Christine Tartaglione presented the GPHCC with a citation on behalf of the Pennsylvania Senate; and Philadelphia Deputy Mayor and Managing Director Richard Negrin spoke of the importance of public-private partnerships and presented the GPHCC with a proclamation on behalf of the City of Philadelphia. Romona Riscoe Benson, Manager of Corporate Relations, PECO spoke about the importance of collaboration and acknowledged the company’s commitment to the long-lasting partnership PECO shares with the Hispanic Chamber.
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|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.
|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.