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California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce 2014 convention to convene nationally recognized business experts and leaders

Placer County Online

Aug 10, 2014


Nely Galan, Giselle Fernandez, Alejandra Castillo, Arturo Vargas, Antonio Gonzalez Among Speakers Addressing Premier Statewide Gathering in Orange County

CHCCSACRAMENTO – The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC), announced its lineup of nationally recognized business and community leaders to address its upcoming 2014 statewide annual convention set for August 13-15 in Orange County.

The three-day business networking convention presented by Wells Fargo Bank, will convene more than 3,000 small-business advocates, corporate representatives and entrepreneurs to the Hyatt Regency in Garden Groveand will have a multimillion-dollar economic impact to Orange County.

An array of renowned speakers representing diverse business sectors are set to speak at the CHCC Annual Convention including Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

National Director Alejandra Castillo, who is the first Hispanic-American and the second women to lead the Agency since its creation,entertainment pioneer Nely Galan who was the first Latina president of the Spanish language Network Telemundo. Galan is also an Emmy Award-winning producer for the FOX reality show “The Swan”and the first Latina to appear on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump”. Galan inspires and empowers other Latina entrepreneurs through her Adelante Movement motivational program and tour.

Among the top Hispanic business experts presenting at this year’s convention also include:

Journalist, Activist and Philanthropist Giselle Fernandez; Author Sylvia Mendoza, and Latina Global Executive Leadership Program CEO Dr. Yasmin Davidds. Hispanic leaders Arturo Vargas, Executive Director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and Antonio Gonzalez, President of the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP) headline a town hall on voter registration and its impact on Latino businesses.

“We look forward to having top Hispanic leaders speak at this year’s Convention in Orange County,”said Alice Perez, President and CEO of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. “Our 35th convention focuses on providing resources to our local chambers and also bringing opportunities to Hispanic Businesses throughout the state particularly in International Trade and Procurement. We also have a day committed to Latinas who represent the fastest growing businesses. With Orange County’s Latino business community growing quickly, it’s a great time to showcase Latino businesses for the entire state.”

This year’s convention theme “Latino Business Energizing, Powering, Transforming the U.S. Economy” showcases the power of Latino businesses in California and the impact they are making in California’s economy.

Reuben Franco, CEO of the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said the Chamber is delighted that Orange County has been chosen to host this major business event.

“We look forward to welcoming attendees to Orange County for this year’s CHCC Convention,”he said. “The convention is a great opportunity to meet with business, political and community leaders.”

To register for the convention or to inquire about the Business Expo or sponsorships, please visit or call (916) 444-2221. The cost of the convention is $295 for members and $395 for non-members. Single-day admission is also available. Panels and Workshops, as well as the Biz Expo are free and open to the public daily.

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