Hispanic chambers of commerce in St. Louis, Washington, D.C., and Tucson, Ariz., were honored Monday with the Chamber of the Year Award by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The recipients were announced during the USHCC National Convention, which ends Monday in Chicago. Applicants from across the nation were judged on their outstanding accomplishments, leadership, commitment and service to the Hispanic enterprises.
The winners were:
--The small Chamber of the Year award (for less than 249 members) went to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis. St. Louis reportedly increased its membership by 10.6 percent and increased overall sponsorship dollars by 68 percent over the past year.
--The award for the medium Chamber (250 to 499 members) went to the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The group uses its proximity to the capitol for its Business Expo event, which showcases businesses, participating government agencies, embassies and nonprofits to the area business community.
--In the large category with more than 500 members, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce brought home the award. The chamber has grown from 300 members to more than 1,200 members the past three years.
The USHCC was founded in 1979 and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
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