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Legislative Conference

The 22nd Annual California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) Legislative Conference provides a platform for Hispanic business leaders and Chamber members to engage in the legislative process. The Legislative Conference attendees participate in educational forums, networking opportunities, and learn to activate local members and stakeholders on initiatives impacting their business community. Participants engage in comprehensive discussions on relevant and critical issues affecting Hispanic businesses across California and meet with their local Legislators at the State Capitol. 

The CHCC Legislative Conference concludes with a Hispanic Appointee Reception. This reception serves to celebrate and recognize Hispanic appointees who serve at all different levels of government. The reception also provides attendees an opportunity to meet and engage with legislators and their staff, state agency representatives, Hispanic business owners, and community leaders from throughout California.




Sacramento Convention Center Complex  I  1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814  I  Room 202
10:00AM - 2:00PM

9:00AM  Registration

10:00AM Panel One - Innovation and Regulation: Co-existing in California
Innovation has become the key element in developing sustainable solutions in the areas of energy, and technology. Small businesses rely on new alternatives to reduce costs and to improve their operations. New industries and jobs are being created in our communities. The prosperity of our small businesses and our community is dependent on the adapting and embracing innovation. Moderator: Brenna Butler Garcia – Western States Petroleum Association Panelists: Assemblymember Ian C. Calderon – Assembly Select Committee on Emerging Technologies Jesse Torres – California Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) - Presentation Ileana Winterhalter – AT&T - Presentation

11:00AM Panel Two - California's New Minimum Wage
California and New York have become some of the first states to commit to a $15 per hour
minimum wage increase. Minimum wage has been a critical concern for our small businesses
as the issue was being battled at Capitol. The unintended consequences of this statewide
law could significantly impact our Hispanic and business communities. The panel will define
the specifics on implementation of the law and present different perspectives.

Moderator: Robert (Bob) Gutierrez – PAQ INC.
Panelists: Senator Mark Leno – Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
Blanca Villafranco – Department of Industrial Relations - Presentation
Thomas B. Scott - NFIB-CA

12:30PM Luncheon - Latino Vote: Demographics Make the Change
2016 is an important election year. Latinos will have the opportunity to play a significant role
in the President Election and other high profile races and initiatives on the ballots. Keynote: Mike Madrid - GrassrotsLab - Latino Vote: Presentation  


California State Capitol  I   1315 10th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
2:30PM - 4:30PM

2:30PM Legislative Appointments
Participants will attend meetings with Legislators at the State Capitol. 

Leland Stanford Mansion  I  800 N Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
5:30PM - 8:00PM

5:30PM Hispanic Appointees’ Reception Celebrating California Hispanic Appointees.