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The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation and Wells Fargo Announce Local Chamber Grant Recipients

WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – April 20, 2016) – The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation and Wells Fargo have announced the ten recipients of the USHCC Foundation’s Local Chamber Grant program, totaling $100,000. Grants were awarded to local chambers nationwide during the opening of the 2016 USHCC Legislative Summit in Washington, DC. Funds will directly support a variety of programs that build the capacity of Hispanic-owned businesses, serve the needs of local business communities, and target aspiring small business owners to hone their leadership skills.

“As a longstanding champion of our association, Wells Fargo has contributed generously to advancing opportunities for our nation’s thriving Hispanic businesses and the local communities they serve,” said Javier Palomarez USHCC President & CEO. “These grants are a rededication to programs critical to our local chambers. Every dollar of these grants goes directly toward fostering small business growth. We are grateful for Wells Fargo’s continued support for these critically important initiatives, and look forward to celebrating the success our local chambers enjoy by virtue of Well Fargo’s strong alliance with the USHCC.”

Multiple grants ranging from $20,000 to $5,000 were awarded to local chambers who continue to serve their members and local business communities. Grant recipients include:

Florida State Hispanic Chamber Fresno Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Cincinnati
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana
Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Latino Chamber of Commerce
Nevada Hispanic Business Group
Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

“Wells Fargo has a rich history of supporting our diverse chambers of commerce, and we share their commitment to helping the small business owners they serve to succeed financially,” said Lisa Stevens, Regional Marketing, Small Business and Pacific Midwest Bank Executive. “Through this partnership with the USHCC Foundation, Well Fargo is proud to provide funding that will support chamber-led entrepreneur training programs. This partnership allows Wells Fargo to provide dedicated resources for education, growth and advancement of diverse business owners in communities across America.”
In addition to the local chamber grants, Wells Fargo is the exclusive sponsor of the USHCC Foundation’s Chamber Training Institute (CTI) which is offered to chamber leaders throughout the year. In collaboration with the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, the USHCC Foundation’s CTI program offers customized training curriculum to deepen levels of engagement and advance business leadership skills.

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 259 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, visit

About the USHCC Foundation
The mission of the USHCC Foundation is to enrich the experiences of future leaders in the world of business through life-long learning and support. The Foundation’s initiatives awaken and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit, support business growth, strengthen local chambers and foster leaders. Please visit for more information on the USHCC Foundation.

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