Recently, Cecilia Mata, owner of AllSource Global Management and the Chair of the Sierra Vista Hispanic Chamber and its affiliate chambers and I attended the United States Hispanic Chamber Legislative Summit. The Summit highlights the accomplishments and remarkable growth of Hispanic owned businesses across the United States. The agenda features key political leaders from both parties who speak about economic issues to the attendees. There are more than 200 Hispanic Chambers in the nation, and we are proud to be recognized as one of the larger Hispanic Chambers in the nation.
Cecilia and I participated in the Legislative Summit again this year to speak to our elected officials about a number of priorities for our member businesses. Specifically, we spoke about the challenges small businesses face with access to capital, the economic importance of our Southern Arizona military bases, procurement opportunities for Arizona businesses, and resources needed to help grow our businesses. During our 3 day trip, we had the opportunity to meet with Congressman Schwiekert, Gosar, Franks and Congresswoman Sinema. Several of the members serve on key committees to Southern Arizona such as the Armed Services and the Finance committee. We thanked them for their support of recent bills by Congresswoman Martha McSally that related to the issues we spoke about. In addition, we spent time with Senator Orrin Hatch, Senator Jeff Flake and his Chief of Staff. Senator Flake’s recent work on border banking issues, temporary worker visas and staffing at the Ports of Entry were highlighted and applauded by our chamber during the trip. We also thanked him for his support and encouragement of his Republican peers for the appointment of the U.S Mexico Ambassador – a key position to our region.
The United States Hispanic Chamber continues to grow in prominence at the national level. Not only is the Hispanic population growing rapidly in Arizona, but Hispanics are the youngest major racial or ethnic group in the United States. About one-third of the nation’s Hispanic population is younger than 18, and about a quarter of all Hispanics are Millennials, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Altogether, nearly six-in-ten Hispanics are Millennials or younger. This impacts our future workforce dramatically and certainly influences policy makers. Hispanic chambers throughout the nation are regularly sought out for their opinion on key legislation by their elected leaders.
Our Sierra Vista Hispanic Chamber has recently celebrated one year in the community and is affiliated with our Tucson Hispanic Chamber, Ambos Nogales Hispanic Chamber and Douglas Hispanic Chamber. We’ve opened an office in Ventana Park II and are adding members weekly to our over 1800 members in Arizona and Sonora. Our Board of Directors, led by Chairwoman Cecilia Mata of Sierra Vista continues to prioritize our legislative principles and the role our chamber can play in advocating for our business community in Arizona. Learn more about the United States Hispanic Chamber at www.ushcc.com or about the Sierra Vista Hispanic Chamber at www.SierraVistaHispanicChamber.org.
The Chairwoman of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber Board of Directors, Cecilia Mata and I recently returned from the United States Hispanic Chamber Legislative Summit in Washington DC. Cecilia is the owner of a defense contracting and unmanned aerial systems business called AllSource Global Management. Her company has recently been announced as the 2016 Minority Owned Business for the State of Arizona.
During the Legislative Summit, we met with our federal elected officials and attended meetings related to important policy issues impacting our Arizona businesses. With the 2016 Presidential election quickly approaching it is important now, more than ever, that the small and minority business voice be heard at the U.S Capitol. Thank you to Congressman Schweikert, Gosar, Franks and Congresswoman Sinema as well as the Chiefs of Staff for Congressman Franks, Gallego and Senator Flake for meeting with us during our trip.
Our Tucson Hispanic Chamber represents close to 1800 member businesses with our strategic partnership with the most influential business organization in our state, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Our chamber advocates and provides programs that helps to grow our members’ businesses in our bilingual and bicultural region. We work closely with elected leaders and discuss policies outlined in our THCC Legislative Principles that are focused on improving Arizona’s business climate and assisting our member businesses in growing and prospering.
The United States Hispanic Chamber (USHCC) revealed their 2016 Policy Platform at the recent Legislative Summit. The USHCC represents more than 200 local chambers and the interests of 4.1 million Hispanic owned businesses, that together contribute over $661 billion to the American economy every year. Despite the economic downturn, in the past five years, Hispanic-owned businesses have enjoyed a growth rate of 44%, while the purchasing power of U.S Hispanics is $1 trillion and growing. Their Legislative priorities are built with an awareness that Latinos are 1.5 times more likely to become entrepreneurs over any other ethnic group and focus on five key points:
Our Tucson Hispanic Chamber will continue our work at the national, state and local level to address issues impacting our member businesses based upon our Legislative Principles and the USHCC Policy Platform. Learn more at www.ushcc.com. Join our chamber and learn more at www.tucsonhispanicchamber.org.
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