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USHCC Celebrates Upcoming National Convention at Miami Kickoff

WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – June 16, 2016) – The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) will hold its 2016 National Convention Kickoff Reception on June 16, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM at the iconic Fontainebleau hotel in Miami, Florida. The reception is in anticipation of the association’s 2016 National Convention — the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in America — which will take place from October 9 – 11. To register for the National Convention, visit

Visa Inc. — a leading global financial services and payment technology company — will serve as Corporate Chair for this event. The annual convention is a premier event for America’s small business community, convening thousands of Hispanic entrepreneurs, national and international corporate executives, top government officials, and representatives from local chambers and business associations throughout the country.

Each year, the USHCC National Convention is held at a destination that is renowned for its economic prowess, pro-business environment, and embrace of diversity and Miami continues that tradition. This is the largest gathering of its kind, and through its thousands of attendees each year, produces a surge in economic activity and business contracting for the host city.

“The USHCC is thrilled to have Visa, a longstanding and loyal partner to American small business, serve as the corporate chair of our 2016 National Convention in Miami. This week’s celebration will be a preview of the opportunities and unforgettable experience we have in store for our guests this fall,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “Through Visa’s efforts, our small businesses have been able to go ‘everywhere they want to be,’ just as their brand has promised since its founding. Thanks to Visa, and by popular demand, we are thrilled to bring the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders back to the Magic City.”

By partnering with Visa, businesses within the USHCC network are able to receive guaranteed payments and greater risk management protection, while also providing more efficient point-of-sale experiences for their customers through the use of Visa’s innovative small business products.

“Visa is proud to serve as the Corporate Chair of the 2016 US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Convention in Miami, FL,” said Demetrios Marantis, SVP of Global Government Relations. “At Visa we believe our success depends on the strength of our relationships with all parties in the payment system, especially with the many small and medium-sized businesses represented by the USHCC. We look forward to further collaboration with the USHCC on how best to foster business growth and ensure continued success for the nation’s over 4.1 million Hispanic-owned businesses.”

The Miami metropolitan area is the eighth most populous and fourth largest urban area in the United States. The city is a major hub for Hispanic business and a thriving epicenter for all American enterprise, as well as home to nearly a quarter of a million Hispanic-owned businesses. Nicknamed the “Capital of Latin America”, Miami is the second largest U.S. city with a Spanish-speaking majority. Miami is home to more than 300 Fortune 500 corporate offices and 100 foreign consular offices and foreign trade offices. Over 1.6 million residents of Miami-Dade County identify as Hispanic.

Signature events of the USHCC National Convention include the Million Dollar Club (MDC), which recognizes companies that invest $25 million to $1 billion in Hispanic-owned businesses; the HBE Elite Luncheon, which pays tribute to the largest Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBE) in America; the ERG Summit, the only event of its kind which brings together the Employee Resource Groups (ERG) of over 100 corporations looking to increase diversity, develop talent, and recruit the best and brightest employees; the Women in Business and Leadership Luncheon (WIBLL), celebrates trailblazing women who have reached the highest echelons of success in their fields and made outstanding contributions to their industries; and the CEO Panel, a candid, revealing, and informative discussion about management style, leadership philosophy and the economic outlook in today’s global market.

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 Follow us on Twitter @USHCC.

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