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CHCC Chairman Touts Annual Convention

June 7, 2013

Staff -- HispanicBusiness

Ernie Gutierrez, CHCC chairman
Ernie Gutierrez, CHCC chairman

The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) this week announced its annual convention in Oakland from August 14-16.

More than 3,000 small-business advocates, corporate representatives and entrepreneurs will attend the convention. This year's theme is "CHCC 35(th) Anniversary: A Legacy of Latino Leadership: Building America's Business Future."

The Hispanic business community is the fastest-growing segment in California, with eager entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses, increase their bottom lines and create jobs, said CHCC chairman Ernie Gutierrez.

His company, Allied Industries, ranked No. 127 on the 2012 HispanicBusiness 500 directory, with 2011 revenues of $43.5 million. The company has 300 employees.

The HispanicBusiness 500 index is due out later this month.

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"California is still a wonderful place to live and do business," Gutierrez continued. "The CHCC is helping all small businesses thrive and build a better economic future. Our convention will undoubtedly demonstrate this fact and is a must-attend event."

Along with the CHCC convention's workshops, entrepreneurs will be able to participate in a business matchmaking event that Gutierrez describes as speed dating for business people.

"Connecting our Latino businesses with decision makers from corporate America and government entities is a key component of our convention. However, connecting our businesses with each other is equally important," he said. "At the end of the day, it is about turning contacts into contracts."

Gutierrez began his post in June 2012. Under his leadership, the CHCC has had a record number of females serving on its board of directors.

Also of note, the CHCC was recently awarded a $600,000 grant to help educate Latino business owners in California about the Affordable Care Act. The chamber also is working on a study with the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business on the status of Hispanic businesses in California. The findings will be unveiled at the convention in August.

"The CHCC is the premier Latino business organization in the state of California, and this would not be possible without our strong board of directors, top notch staff and wonderful local chamber members," Gutierrez said. "I am sincerely grateful for all of them and honored to serve as chairman of the board."

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