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California Chambers Head for the O.C.

July 11, 2014

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Hispanic entertainment entrepreneur Nely Galan (CHCC)
Hispanic entertainment entrepreneur Nely Galan (CHCC)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce will hold its 2014 annual convention in the sunny Southland this August.

The three-day convention, slated for Aug. 13-15 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, will have a multimillion-dollar economic impact on Orange County, with thousands expected to attend, according to a news release.

Alice Perez, president and CEO of the CHCC, said the group is "excited" about holding the convention in Orange County.

"With Orange County's Latino business community growing quickly, it's a great time to showcase Latino businesses for the entire state," she said.

The convention will also dedicate a day to Latinas, "who represent the fastest-growing businesses," Ms. Perez added.

The power of Hispanic enterprises

This year's theme, "Latino Business Energizing, Powering, Transforming the U.S. Economy," highlights the power of Hispanic enterprises in the Golden State and their impact on the world's eighth-largest economy.

The event will include sessions on small business and Latina-owned businesses, along with connections to potential big-time corporate and government contracts.

A special business exposition will be open to the public to showcase Latino businesses from throughout the state. Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend an international trade symposium.

This year's title sponsors are Wells Fargo and Southern California Edison.

Representing the Hispanic show-biz community are comedian Felipe Esparza and entertainment entrepreneur Nely Galan.

The Cuban-born Ms. Galan will speak at the Women's Luncheon and be inducted into the Latinas Business Hall of Fame.

Host chamber 'delighted'

Reuben Franco, CEO of the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said his chamber is delighted that Orange County was chosen as host.

"The convention is a great opportunity to meet with business, political and community leaders," he said. "The last time the convention was held here, 10 years ago, it was one of the most successful conventions in CHCC history."

To register for the convention or to inquire about the business expo or sponsorships, visit or call (916) 444-2221.

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