Founded in 1979, the USHCC advocates on behalf of America’s 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute over $468 billion to our nation’s economy, each year. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico.
The USHCC’s core mission is to:
- Implement and strengthen national programs that assist the economic development of Hispanic firms.
- Increase access to strategic business networks and partnerships between major U.S. companies and Hispanic-owned businesses.
- Promote international trade between Hispanic businesses in the U.S. and Latin America.
- Influence legislation, policies and programs that affect the Hispanic business community.
- Provide technical assistance to Hispanic business associations and entrepreneurs.
Each year the USHCC hosts its National Convention and Business Expo featuring hundreds of exhibitors from the United States and abroad. The convention is the country’s largest networking venue for Hispanic businesses and Fortune 1000 corporations interested in the Hispanic market. Over four-days, the national convention affords Hispanic vendors and corporate buyers the opportunity to establish partnerships where business opportunities can flourish. In addition, the convention offers various sessions and discussions on business development, chamber training, innovative business trends and solutions, as well as a focus on current issues that impact the Hispanic entrepreneur.
Each year during the session of the United States Congress, the USHCC hosts its annual Legislative Summit. The summit provides chamber members, Hispanic business leaders, and corporate executives the opportunity to discuss legislative policy issues that impact the small business community. Hispanic chamber executives also utilize this opportunity to meet with their Congressional representatives. In addition, every two years, the USHCC issues its Legislative Policy and Priorities to the White House and Congress.