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USHCC Foundation Hosts Regional BizFest Youth Entrepreneurship Competition in Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, Mar. 21, 2015 – The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation has announced that it will host its inaugural Washington D.C. Regional BizFest Competition, set to take place March 20-22, 2015. BizFest is a three-day youth entrepreneurship contest that teaches high school students how to turn hobbies into profitable business ventures, offering hands-on, practical training for aspiring entrepreneurs, and encouraging students to pursue higher education.

“The USHCC Foundation is thrilled to expand its BizFest program through our new regional competition in Washington, D.C. This competition fosters an educational environment that inspires students to work hard, persevere, and ultimately, succeed,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “We look forward to celebrating the growth of our Bizfest students, and celebrating their entrepreneurial pursuits at our USHCC Legislative Summit.”

The Washington, D.C. regional program is sponsored by Bank of America, reaffirming their commitment to youth entrepreneurship and leadership. The competition will be held at the Bank of America building in Washington, D.C.

“We are proud to support this unique opportunity and advance the entrepreneurial spirit of our youth,” said Kerry Sullivan, president of the Bank of America Foundation. “Our partnership with the USHCC Foundation has encouraged this impactful and innovative program, which promotes the development of personal interests into viable business opportunities.”

Regional finalists will advance to the BizFest National Competition held during the USHCC 2015 National Convention in Houston, TX this September. Students at the National Competition will compete against finalists from all Regional Competitions. National winners will be awarded scholarships in the amount of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 to help defray college costs. The USHCC Foundation will cover the costs of travel, meals and lodging for the students to attend this convention where chamber leaders and business executives gather annually.

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation’s entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $486 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide, and partners with more than 240 major corporations throughout the United States.

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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