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Legislative Conference

The 23rd 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
9:00AM - 2:00PM

9:00AM  Registration

9:15AM  PRELIMINARY SESSION - Civic Engagement in the Digital Age Online public engagement has become a venue for constituents and elected officials to have
honest and thoughtful conversations about public policy. Social media have improved relationships
with elected officials and provided a more instant line of communication. This session will provide a
general overview of best practices for small businesses and chamber leaders to use social media 
platforms to build relationships with their elected representatives.  Presenters: Jason Roth - CEO, Tuleburg Heather Brent - Multimedia Coordinator, Tuleburg

10:00AM PANEL ONE - Closing the Gap: Lending to Minority Small Businesses
Minority and immigrant small business owners, finding themselves blocked by traditional lenders may turn to alternatives such as peer-to-peer lending, or alternative lenders with programs that specifically target these communities, and offer alternative methods of credit scoring. This panel will analyze the state of the small business lending industry and explore the opportunities to close the gap and increase access to capital in our business community. Moderator: Sharon Velasquez - Economic Equity Coordinator, The Greenlining Institute Panelists: Anthony Rucker - Senior Loan Officer, CCFDC Leilani Barnett - Regional Manager, Community Development, Federal Reserve of SF Dhaval Shah - Business Banking Officer, BBVA Compass Maria Harrington - Founder/Owner, Casa de Espanol Carlos Almanza - Capital Access Products Manager, CCFDC

11:00AM PANEL TWO - Health Care: A Small Business Priority
With the federal government promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, small business

owners have started to react to the potential direct and unintended consequences to their bottom line.
As the Hispanic community and small businesses await for the next advancement on this issue,
plans to provide a social and fiscal remedy to the issue have been introduced at the state and
federal level. This panel will deconstruct the uncertainties around the changes in the health
care laws and their impact to small businesses.
Moderator:  Dr. Micah Weinberg - President, Bay Area Council
Panelists:  Sen. Ed Hernandez, O.D. - Chair, Senate Committee on Health
Carmen Perea - Employee Benefits Consultant, WSR Insurance Services, Inc. 
Philip Norton - Field Representative, Office of Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (CA-7)
Deborah Reidy Kelch - Executive Director, Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP)

12:30PM LUNCHEON - The Tech Economy and Latino Business Community
Welcome: The Honorable Janet Nguyen, Senator, 34th District
The Honorable Blanca E. Rubio, Assemblymember, 48th District Speaker: Ken McKeely, AT&T California President Keynote: Antonio Villaraigosa, 41st Mayor of the City of Los Angeles  
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

6:00PM Hispanic Appointees’ Reception & Awards Ceremony Celebrating California Hispanic Appointees. Honorees: Xavier Becerra, California State Attorney General Christine Baker, State of California Department of Industrial Relations