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Commerce Secretary Pritzker to Address USHCC Legislative Summit

WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – March 10, 2016) – The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is proud to announce that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will address the association’s membership at the State of Hispanic Small Business Breakfast, taking place during the USHCC Legislative Summit on April 20 in Washington, D.C. At the Summit, the USHCC will address the nation’s defining issues, ensuring that its members are equipped with the knowledge, resources, and networks they need to lead thriving business ventures.
Secretary Pritzker leads the federal Department that equips American businesses with the tools they need to thrive in the 21st century global economy. The Department of Commerce is responsible for promoting trade and investment, spurring innovation and entrepreneurship, gathering and acting on environmental intelligence, and fueling a data-driven economy. As the Administration’s point person on entrepreneurship and chair of the President’s Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship, Secretary Pritzker has helped to foster a culture of innovation around the world.
Secretary Pritzker also fights to ensure that American companies have access to foreign markets and can compete on a level playing field. She has traveled to 34 countries to strengthen our commercial and economic relationships abroad.
“As the country’s chief commercial advocate, Secretary Pritzker recognizes that entrepreneurial risk-taking is America’s greatest export,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “She has demonstrated her commitment to advancing the power of the American economy by supporting bold and strategic plans to spur innovation at the local level while simultaneously expanding trade and investment abroad. The USHCC is honored to have the Secretary address our constituents during the 2016 Legislative Summit.”
“We are delighted to have Secretary Pritzker join us at the State of Hispanic Small Business Breakfast,” said USHCC Foundation Chair Nina Vaca. “Through my involvement as a Presidential Ambassador on Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE), I’ve had the opportunity to travel abroad with Secretary Pritzker. As a result of her leadership, the U.S. Department of Commerce has prioritized job-driven training to make sure that workers are better equipped to meet the demands of the global marketplace. We applaud Secretary Pritzker’s forward-looking agenda and look forward to discussing the interests of America’s small business community.”
“The American small business community is critical to the strength and competitiveness of our nation’s economy,” said Secretary Pritzker. “I am thrilled to be addressing the USHCC membership, which includes some of the fastest-growing and most prominent companies in America.”
This year’s State of Hispanic Small Business will convene business leaders and entrepreneurs to discuss the progress that has been made in the Hispanic business community, and the role policymakers and corporate leaders play in shaping America’s business future. The event will be attended by hundreds of chamber executives, Hispanic business owners, Fortune 500 corporate representatives and leaders in federal and state government.
About the 2016 Legislative Summit
The Legislative Summit is the USHCC’s premier advocacy event, offering numerous high-level engagements with leading government officials, training opportunities, workshops, roundtable discussions, procurement matchmaking sessions with federal agencies, and the chance to meet with congressional representatives on Capitol Hill.
About the USHCC
The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.1 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $661 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, visit

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