Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce
Addresses: 300 N. 13th St.; 2900 Stewart Ave., Las Vegas
President: Otto Merida
Dues: $250-$5,000 annually--
The Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce is one of the nation's largest Hispanic chambers and the second largest in Southern Nevada.
Founded in 1976, the chamber isn't limited to those of Hispanic descent. It is open to all businesses leaders who want to reach the Hispanic community.
"We serve as a bridge that can help you open the market to go into the Hispanic community, which is growing," Merida said.
The Latin Chamber hosts mixers, golf tournaments and business luncheons. It also offers small business grants from $5,000 to $15,000 for worthy companies and scholarships for students. Members volunteer as sponsors for young people to advise them and help them land jobs.
"When you're a successful businessman, we think it's important" to give back to the community and help the state, Merida said.
The Latin Chamber also offers free tax preparation for people with incomes of less than $51,000. This year, the chamber filed 1,100 returns.
Merida said membership has increased steadily as the economy recovers from the recession. He expects the trend to continue.
"The Hispanic community has really blossomed," Merida said. "As the recession disappears, we'll have people come in."
Henderson Chamber of Commerce
Address: 590 S. Boulder Highway, Henderson
President: Scott Muelrath
Dues: $290-$1,250 annually--
The Henderson Chamber of Commerce isn't affiliated with the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce, but the two work together often.
Even so, Henderson on its own is one of the more stable chambers of commerce in Southern Nevada. With 900 members, it is larger than many of its counterparts but still small enough that Muelrath and his staff are accessible to members.
"Our mantra is 'Large enough to be relevant, small enough to be personal,'" Muelrath said. "We're large enough from an advocacy standpoint with government affairs, and we're involved with all of those discussions.
"The thing that makes us unique is that we're small enough to be personal and that our size is a strength. We can personally provide members with that they need."
Muelrath gives out his direct office line and cellphone number to chamber members.
The Henderson Chamber of Commerce also works in conjunction with the Henderson Foundation to run the Henderson Business Resource Center, one of the longest-running business incubators in the state.
The chamber also hosts small business seminars.
Nevada Holistic Chamber of Commerce
Address: 4485 S. Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas
Director: Heidi Anderson
The Nevada Holistic Chamber of Commerce is geared toward wellness and holistic businesses, but it is open to anyone who wants to join.
It hosts mixers and educational events. Members receive discounts at local businesses and are listed in a member directory.
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