Thousands of Latino business owners and entrepreneurs from across the state will convene for the 39th California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) Annual Convention at the Riverside Convention Center from September 21-23 to participate in planning activities, policy and economic issues, and innovative breakthroughs.
Among the topics that will be discussed are energy and water concerns, procurement opportunities for small businesses, networking techniques, women empowerment, and entrepreneurship.This is the third time the region has held the state chamber’s convention.
According to U.S. Census data released last December, there are more than 122,000 Latino owned companies which generate almost $11 billion throughout Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
“There is no better time for the spotlight to be on the Inland Empire. The region has a growing economy, it is a great place for families and has a very diverse population”, said CHCC Chairman Frank Montes.
The theme of this year’s convention is “Innovation Starts Here”. CHCC Deputy Director Juan Garcia explained there will be a large emphasis on discussing new technologies that have enhanced business performance.
“Innovation can be applicable not only to technology, but also to innovative practices relating when to policy and economy,” Garcia said.
The convention’s opening day will focus on international trade and millennials. The following day Latina business owners and professionals will be honored in the Latina Empresaria ceremony and small chambers will be recognized for their commitment to assisting the City of San Bernardino during the Dec. 2 terrorist attack. The final day will celebrate the success of Latino businesses and chambers.
“This is really an outreach program through all three days,” Garcia said. “We always try to make sure we have a full schedule of workshops that are relevant to what is going on.
For more information on the event, visit CAHCC.com.