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2017 CHCC Economic Summit

Friday March 3rd, 2017
12:00PM - 8:00PM
The LA Hotel Downtown 
333 S Figueroa Street 
Los Angeles CA 90071

The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) recognizes that small businesses must adapt to technology and industry advancements, and comply with regulatory policy changes.  The recent political and economic shifts impact communities across the state and create uncertainties and new barriers for our small business.  Beyond the population numbers, the Hispanic business community is the backbone for California’s economic stability and growth. The CHCC provides the forum to engage small businesses, Latino leaders, community partners, and elected officials to create comprehensive and feasible solutions.



12:00PM - LUNCHEON: The Annual State of Hispanic Small Businesses
Keynote: Natassia Rodriguez Ott, Ph.D. - Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Center (Presentation) (Video)
Special Guest: Ana Guerrero - Los Angeles City Mayor - Chief of Staff

Univision 34 Los Angeles Videos: LA Now! / Posible LA

2:00PM - PRESENTATION: Startup Investing for the Little Guy or Gal
Access to capital continues to be the top issue for small businesses. Public and private lending opportunities are at times unreachable during the initial starting phase of a business.  Equity crowdfunding is the new method of buying into startups and is the latest and hottest development in the broader field of crowdsourcing. Although community-based and mayor lending institutions continue to diversify their product, there is a movement of peer-to-peer lending that is gaining momentum among communities. and its co-founder and CEO are leading this movement among the Latino community.
Presenters: Manny Fernandez, (Presentation) and Remy Meraz, Me Tyme Network Inc (Presentation). 

3:15PM - PANEL: Beyond the New Statewide Minimum Wage
With the California’s new minimum wage hike going into effect at the beginning of the year, small business owners are now starting to face the effects of the increase. The new law has been controversial from the beginning and unpopular among groups. Who truly benefits from the new minimum wage? Where does the money go? Was this the right time and approach to this issue? – These are a few of the concerns our panelist will discuss.
Moderator: Ana Cubas, Vanir Construction
Panelists: Maggie Becerra, Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (Presentation); Martha Montoya, Agtools LLC; Mike Leyva, Steve's Towing Company

Celebrating Hispanic Small Businesses