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Legislative Day

The CHCC will host its 15th Annual Legislative Conference on May 12, 2009 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento, California.
The Annual Legislative Conference provides a forum for participants to engage in the legislative process as well as an opportunity to stay on top of the issues that affect every Hispanic business in the state. Participants of the conference will be able to make a difference in the state’s focus and concentrate on priority issues facing small business.
The Conference exposes participants to multiple learning experiences, networking opportunities and tips for local grassroots involvement. Participants will be able to hear perspectives from a variety of respected officials, last year’s speakers included: Assembly Speaker Karen Bass, Assembly Minority Leader Mike Villines, Senator Rod Calderon and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. CHCC participants will have the opportunity to participate in Capitol visits and discuss with key policy makers, issues that are pertinent to the growth of Hispanic businesses in California.
The 15th Annual CHCC Legislative Conference will close with a Legislative Reception. This reception provides attendees an opportunity to meet and socialize with legislators, legislative staff, state agency representative Hispanic business owners and community leaders from throughout the state.

34th Annual Convention

The CHCC will host its 30th Annual State Convention on August 19-22, 2009. This year’s convention will take place at the U.S. Grant Hotel, San Diego, CA.

The goal of the CHCC's Annual Convention is to elevate discussion and participation among Hispanic business owners, corporate business leaders, community leaders, and government officials to address issues of relevance to the Hispanic business community.

The CHCC State Convention is the premier minority/ethnic business convention in California, offering participants the opportunity to learn the latest trends in business development, network with outstanding business professionals, and gain insights into growing and maintaining a successful business. Throughout the convention, participants have the opportunity to celebrate the educational, political, and economic success of the Hispanic community.

Convention participants will be exposed to some of the most dynamic, enterprising and informative speakers discussing current issues pertinent to the economic growth and development of California business and our communities. Past convention speakers include: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Governor of California; California Attorney General Jerry Brown; Former Governors Gray Davis and Pete Wilson; Former SBA Administrator Hector Barreto; Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award winning Actress Rita Moreno; Linda Alvarado, owner of the Colorado Rockies; and many more.


Project Homeowner

Project Homeowner brings together industry experts and regulatory agencies, including the California Department of Real Estate (DRE), to help borrowers understand their current financial situation, identify solutions and, in some cases, begin the loan modification process. At the first two events, in Stockton and Riverside, more than 1,000 families talked to counselors about their mortgages and some received on-the-spot initial approval of their loan modification.    

At the events, the DRE and Chase along with HUD-certified professional counselors from leading nonprofit groups and several other financial institutions' home preservation partners provide one-on-one English and Spanish counseling to borrowers. Additionally, information is available on financial literacy and new homebuyer education.

"The partnership between Chase and the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, coupled with the participation of the DRE, brings together private and public leaders to reach out to California homeowners who are in a precarious situation and are in need of assistance to stay in their homes," said Jeff Davi, California real estate commissioner.

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ABC/ETP Program

The Access to Business Capital (ABC) Program saw its inception in Los Angeles in 2004 and has since developed into a multi-faceted program whose vision is to provide business owners and entrepreneurs with additional tools and non-traditional sources of capital for business growth.  It is at this point the only program of its kind in the nation. 

The ABC Program seeks growing businesses that are ready to receive private equity financing to help grow and expand their companies.  Free coaching available through the ABC Program Series hosted by your local Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 

The ABC Committee has focused its efforts on improving the opportunities for minority and women-owned firms to acquire venture capital.  The program's goal is to, per region, recruit 10-15 companies who are seeking funds and offer them the opportunity to present their business plans to non-traditional Venture Capital companies. 

Funded by the California Employment Training Panel (ETP), this strategic regional training is conducted on a rotating basis throughout California.  This program is available for business owners and entrepreneurs who are seeking to get their businesses ready for an infusion of growth capital.

The ETP Training Curriculum includes the following:

  1. Strategic Planning for Your Venture
  2. The Road Map: Writing an Effective Business Plan
  3. Betting on the Jockey: Building the Killer Management Team
  4. Protecting Your Intangible Assets: Intellectual Property Rights
  5. Marketing, Pricing, and Your Competition
  6. Finance and Valuation
  7. Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Business Presentation
  8. Attracting Capital: Financing Strategies for the New Venture

Hispanic Business Broadband Technology Initiative

The CHCC has collaborated with the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) to create the Hispanic Business Broadband Initiative in order to learn more about how our small business members use the Internet.  With the CETF, CHCC will provide leadership statewide to minimize the Digital Divide by accelerating the deployment and adoption of broadband and other advanced communication services to unserved and underserved communities. 

In Phase I (2008) of this two-year initiative, CHCC staff conducted 9 roundtables with 9 local chambers across the state and surveyed over 2,500 businesses and chamber members to help identify current trends in small business Internet usage.   In Phase II (2009), CHCC will continue to conduct roundtables to determine what small businesses need to increase their broadband utilization and will then beta-test possible training programs based off of the information gathered and collected. 

The CHCC has also joined forces to assist CETF with their Education Program, “Get Connected California!”  Get Connected California! is a launching point for the state in CETF's overall goals of increasing broadband usage by 10 percentage points by the middle of next year.

CAPS Program

The “California Academy of Professional Students” (CAPS) Program is a yearlong program designed as a resource for young and aspiring students who strive to serve in a leadership capacity.  In this initial re-design of the program, we will start with 8 students: 4 from the Cal State system and 4 from the UC system.  CAPS students must be 21 years of age, and in 2009, 8 CAPS students will be chosen from the following regions: Northern (2), Central (2), Inland Empire (2), and Southern (2). 

The CAPS Program begins with a day-long orientation the day before the CHCC Annual Convention where students will be taught practical skills to aid them in becoming successful leaders or entrepreneurs in his/her community.  As such, there will be requirements that each participant will need to fulfill during the Convention to ensure that their experience is truly an educational, as well as an eye opening experience. Through this program they will not only gain useful skills, but will have personal contact with successful entrepreneurs, corporate representatives, non-profit representatives, and members of the legislature.  New to the program will be the involvement with the Legislative Conference and a support network available throughout the year.  CHCC will network the students with the appropriate chamber in their local area.   Through the Foundation, CHCC will work to support the partnership with paid internships.
Applicants must:

  • Be 21 years of age prior to the CHCC Annual Conference
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Be a full-time student with at least Junior standing or have obtained their Associate’s degree with proof of transfer to a four year institution for the upcoming academic year
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be available without restrictions starting day prior (August 18) and day after CHCC Annual Conference (August 23)
  • Commit to volunteering at the CHCC Convention and/or their local Hispanic Chamber for 10 hours

California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Foundation & United Health Care Foundation Scholarship Program

The CHCCF has partnered with the United Health Care Foundation to provide funding to well accomplished high school seniors to relieve the rising costs of a college education.  The amount of the scholarship will vary based upon financial need.  In order for recipients of the scholarship to obtain, maintain, or qualify for renewal of this grant, they must be high school seniors or graduates who plan to enroll, or students already enrolled, in a full-time undergraduate or graduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, vocational or technical school. 

The awards are for students who plan to pursue, or are currently pursuing, a degree that will lead to a career in the health field, including medicine, nursing, mental health, dentistry, public health or health sciences.  Recipients must also demonstrate a commitment to working in underserved communities, including community health centers and lastly, must be U.S. citizens or legal U.S. residents. 

Preference will be given to students fluent in Spanish.  We project to award 5-7 scholarships up to $5,000 each based upon the individual applicants financial need.  The remaining funds will be used for airfare & travel accommodations to the CHCC Annual Conference in August 2009 where the awardees will be formally recognized at the Gala & Awards Ceremony. 

Procurement Development Initiative

The CHCC Procurement Development Initiative, referred to as the “Program,” will be offered throughout the course of two years. The Program will offer hands-on training on the key elements of what it takes to become a qualified vendor for Corporate and government entities. It provides the tools necessary to build a company’s infrastructure so it can position itself to obtain contract and procurement opportunities within the public and private sectors. This Program will enable Hispanic businesses to develop key skills and qualifications to enhance their capacity and enable Hispanic business to develop key skills and qualifications to enhance their capacity and enable local Hispanic chambers to provide necessary technical assistance to their membership.

This Program focuses on major areas in which the CHCC will offer training and programs to increase the number of Hispanic businesses qualified to do business with corporate America and government agencies, increase the number of contract opportunities available, and provide an on-going mechanism to assist Hispanic businesses with procurement issues.

The CHCC will implement the use of distance learning software and technology programs to provide procurement training via webinars, on-demand video sessions, and online technical assistance.  This technology will allow business owners to schedule or view training sessions or previous seminars at a time that is amicable to their busy schedule.  The CHCC will conduct webinars in subject areas that include: Corporate, Utilities, State Agency, and Federal Procurement Opportunities.

The Program is comprised of the following four phases:

  • PHASE I: Chamber Track Series – Establishment of local chamber Procurement Assistant Centers (PAC’s)
  • PHASE II: Business Track Series – Business Procurement Training and Assistance
  • PHASE III: Chamber Track Series – Establishment of local chamber Procurement Assistant Centers (PAC’s)
  • PHASE IV: Business Track Series – Business Procurement Training and Assistance

Upon completion of the Program, over 420 vendors will be certified and will have a chance to present their products and services to corporate and government representatives.  In addition, 12 certified CHCC chambers will be trained to serve as procurement resource center’s (PAC’s) to their business members. 

PLEASE NOTE: An RFP will be sent to all certified CHCC chambers to bid as 1 of the 6 Procurement Assistance Centers in PHASE I of the Initiative before April 31, 2009.