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2018 USHCC Wrap-Up

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) would like to thank all of our members, partners, and sponsors for a successful 2018. This year, we were thrilled to welcome Ramiro Cavazos as the new President & CEO and Carmen Castillo as the new Chairman of the Board of Directors. In addition, our Board of Directors expanded to include representatives from Local Hispanic Chambers across the country and we’re pleased to have their vision and expertise to guide the USHCC.  

In April, we hosted the 2018 USHCC Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. This year, our theme was Navigating the Partisan Divide, a push for bipartisan policy solutions on behalf of the Hispanic business community. Featured speakers included Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Congressman Beto O’Rourke, and many more. In addition, we arranged over forty congressional meetings for our local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce and Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs) members.

This spring, we launched our first podcast series, In Her Footsteps, which hosts dynamic Latina business owners who are helping drive the American economy and creating change in their communities. It provides listeners with information and resources to better run their businesses, while also working to highlight the contributions of the Hispanic community and Latina businesswomen. As part of the In Her Footsteps initiative, we also did our first ever survey of Latinas in the U.S. workforce and released the results on Latina Equal Pay Day this November 1st. You can listen to Season One here, and subscribe to catch Season Two next summer.

Our 39th USHCC National Convention in Philadelphia, PA this September was a resounding success, thanks to the generous support of our Corporate Chair, Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo and all of our corporate sponsors. Our theme for this year’s National Convention was Empowering Hispanic Businesses, Juntos, highlighting the importance of developing Hispanic businesses. The three-day convention included workshops highlighting federal contracting, cybersecurity, access to capital, along with general sessions recognizing the contributions of Hispanic Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and Latina businesswomen.

Advocacy Highlights

The USHCC published the 2018 Policy Platform, an advocacy document that outlines the policy stances of the organization and highlights the economic excellence of the Hispanic business community. Using the Policy Platform as a guide, the Government Relations team lobbied over 40 congressional offices on issues of importance to Hispanic business enterprises (HBEs) and the Hispanic workforce.

This year, we advocated for better access to capital and reduced regulatory barriers for Hispanic small business owners. We called for legal protection for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS). In a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor and Department of Education, we supported STEM education for Hispanic students. We also opposed the separation and detention of immigrant families on the southern border. It has been a busy year for advocacy, and we are prepared for an even busier 2019.

Award Highlights

We were honored to host many Hispanic leaders in local chambers, business, and government this year. The hard work they do to advance Hispanic businesses in the United States was not unnoticed and we were proud to acknowledge the following luminaries:

    • T-Mobile – Corporation of the Year
    • Liliana Gil Valletta – Businessperson of the Year
    • Salvador Enriquez – Corporate Advocate of the Year
    • Ingrid Pina & Cathrine Duran – LGBTQ Advocate of the Year

Chambers of the Year 

    • Little Village Chamber of Commerce
    • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis
    • Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Hispanic Business Enterprise (HBE) Elite 

Pitch Your Biz Winners

    • Sacramento Eco-Fitness
    • Think Healthy LLC
    • Elise Publishing Company

Our relationship with corporate partners on supplier diversity is one of the most important ways to integrate Hispanic businesses into Fortune 500 supply chains. We’re proud to highlight the following companies in the 2018 Million Dollar Club announced at this year’s National Convention:

2018 Million Dollar Club

The Million Dollar Club (MDC) was established to recognize corporations and procurement executives who actively demonstrate an unwavering commitment to Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs) through their work with Hispanic suppliers. Thank you for your participation and your support!

$1 Billion +

    • AT&T
    • Avis Budget Group
    • Comcast NBCUniversal
    • Ford Motor Company
    • Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
    • Verizon

$500 Million – $1 Billion

  • Pacific Gas & Electric Company

$250-$500 Million

    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Kroger
    • PepsiCo
    • Sprint
    • USPS

$100-$250 Million

    • BP America Inc.
    • Caravan Facilities Management, LLC
    • CVS Health
    • International Business Machines
    • Macy’s, Inc.
    • Merck
    • Target Corporation
    • Wells Fargo

$75-$100 Million

    • American Airlines
    • Sodexo

$50 – $75 million

    • UPS
    • Anthem Inc.
    • JP Morgan Chase

$25-$50 Million

    • Cummins Inc.
    • Hilton
    • MGM Resorts International

Join Us In 2019

We at the USHCC are grateful for all of the support we received from the community in 2018 and look forward to what we can accomplish in 2019 to accelerate the development of Hispanic-owned businesses.

We hope to see you in 2019 for our marquee events: Legislative Summit and our 40th National Convention! Register for the 2019 Legislative Summit here and keep posted on our other initiatives by following us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development, and interests of more than 4.37 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $700 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, please visit Follow us on Twitter @USHCC.

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