Today is: Jul 22, 2017
Thank you for your interest in the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana. We are pleased to provide you with information that will familiarize you with our work this year.
The Mission of HCCL is to foster the continued economic growth, development, and promotion of Hispanic businesses and their associations in the State of Louisiana.
New Orleans Business Alliance
Our Executive Director, Darlene A. Kattan, serves on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Business Alliance which is the public private partnership for economic development for the City of New Orleans. As such, she keeps HCCL integrally involved in issues of economic growth critical to our City and its surrounding areas.
The Latin Council
HCCL holds a founding seat on the Latin Council which was signed into law by Governor Bobby Jindal on June 25, 2009 in order to ensure the provision of government services to Latinos living inLouisiana. The Council reports directly to Governor Jindal.
The Hispanic Business Resources & Technology Center (HBRTC)
We are in the 5th year of operations at our Hispanic Business Resources & Technology Center (HBRTC), which is now housed on the campus of Delgado Community College – Jefferson Parish Campus. Here, since 2008, we have operated the only web-based bilingual workforce readiness program in the State. Our rate of enrollment is approximately 200 adult learners per year, all of whom are documented immigrants. Our rate of job placement is approximately 150 people per year as they complete the program. In late 2011, we will begin basic computer courses in Spanish including navigation, Word, Power Point, Outlook, how to send and receive emails, etc.
Recognizing the need to build capacity in the Hispanic business community in order to compete for numerous economic opportunities destined for this area over the next 5 years, we have approached various entities to work together in partnership, aligning our goals and efforts in order to accomplish this end.
Partnerships and Collaborations
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center
We have partnered with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center, ASI Federal Credit Union and the Louisiana Minority Suppliers Diversity Council to offer our fourth series of entrepreneurship training seminars in Spanish including the following themes: The Five Steps to Acquiring Finance; How to Write a Business Plan; Insurance, Taxes & Their Relationship to Credit Worthiness; How to Operate a Restaurant in a Difficult Economy; How to Manage & Operate a Construction Business; and The ABC’s of Minority Certification.
We are pleased to collaborate with other entities such as the Business Council of Greater New Orleans and the River Region, GNO Inc., and our friends at the Jefferson Chamber and the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce on issues of vital interest to our area.
The Americas Society/Council of the Americas
Through our ongoing collaboration with the Americas Society/Council of the Americas (based on Park Avenue in New York City and funded by both the Rockefeller Family Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation), we focus on the continued importance of integrating the Hispanic workforce into the U.S. economy and the resulting positive financial impact of doing so.
Spanish Radio Shows
HCCL has a 30 minute radio show each week on 5 different Spanish radio stations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The shows inform Latinos about business and economic issues and stress the importance of workforce training and education for the Latino community to become more fully integrated in the local economy.
Attracting Latino Conventions to New Orleans
HCCL works closely with the Greater New Orleans Visitors & Convention Bureau to attract major Latino conventions to our area. We were pleased to be very involved with the National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE) during their March 2011 national convention in New Orleans, as were we likewise involved with the 2011 national meeting of the National Hispanic Lawyers Association for their March 2011 convention in New Orleans, and the October 2011 annual meeting of the National Council of Latino Law Students
We are working with Great Minds in STEM (Science, Technology, Education & Math) who are bringing their national convention to New Orleans in both 2013 and 2014. They are committed to developing and leveraging Hispanic STEM talent to play a leading role in the future of the Hispanic community.
We met with The National Council of La Raza for a site inspection trip to consider bringing their national convention to New Orleans for the first time in 2013.
We have scheduled 10 monthly Network Evenings in 2011 at different premiere locations in the greater metro area where not only do business owners have a forum to meet one another, but also job seekers have the opportunity to meet potential employers and consequently receive job offers; two of these evenings were scheduled as Tri-Chamber events together with the Asian Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana and the New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce.
Quarterly Luncheons with Keynote Speakers
We have scheduled 4 Quarterly Luncheons with major speakers. Our annual Gala Dinner Dance with Silent Auction, which is our single largest fundraiser of the year and at which we present the Excelencia Award to 3 persons and one company who merit same based on their accomplishments in the past twelve months, took place on September 16th,2011 as a kick-off to Hispanic Heritage Month.
Just as HCCL works to foster the continued economic growth, development, and promotion of Hispanic businesses and their associations in the State of Louisiana, so too do we work with traditional American businesses to help them approach this fastest growing minority population in the U.S. We connect communities!