Prior Years Events

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2015 Events

January 29, 2015 Business Seminar – Certification WBEC
February 2015 Business Certification SBA
February 24, 2015 HCCL Luncheon – JW Marriott New Orleans
March 3, 2015 Straight Talk/Business Basics
March 5, 2015 HCCL/Metairie Bank Networking Night
March 10, 2015 Business Breakfast and Seminar – Goldman Sachs Module
March 12, 2015 Social Media Workshop 2.0
March 28, 2015 Charlas para Comerciantes (Breakfast Seminar in Spanish)
April 8, 2015 Town Hall Meeting Luncheon- US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
April 10, 2015 “Champions of the American Dream – Best in Business Awards”- Dillard University
May 14, 2015 Networking Event at Manning’s
May 20, 2015 Hispanic Young Professionals Rally
May 28, 2015 Certification Seminar Baton Rouge
June 23, 2015 HCCL Workforce Job Fair
July 8, 2015 Business Seminar – SBA
July 12, 2015 Hispanic Summer Fest
July 28, 2015 Hablemos Claro (Business Seminar in Spanish)
August 11, 2015 Hispanic Small Business Forum and Trade Show
September 3, 2015 Small Business Breakfast: Operations and Processes
September 18, 2015 2015 Excelencia Gala
October 8, 2015 Certifications Seminar
October 20, 2015 Joint Chambers Networking Night
October 28, 2015 Delgado Diversity Fair
November 2, 2015 Day of the Dead Celebration “Dining For A Purpose” at Mizado Cocina Networking Event
November 10, 2015 American Supplier Initiative in New Orleans
December 2015 Baton Rouge Luncheon and Networking

2014 Events

September 25, 2014 Business Seminar – Government Contracting 101 SBA Certification
October 4, 2014 Business Seminar with ACCION Louisiana – Boot Camp
October 14, 2014 Joint Chamber of Commerce Networking Night (Promoted by HCCL/6 Chambers participating)
October 23, 2014 HCCL Luncheon in Baton Rouge
November 6, 2014 Business Seminar with Goldman Sachs – Marketing
November 13, 2014 Business Seminar – Minority Business Certification SRMDC/WBEC
December 10, 2014 Hispanic Business Resource and Workforce Program Fair

2012 Events

2012 Quarterly Luncheons (New Orleans)

All quarterly luncheons in New Orleans are held at the JW Marriott at 614 Canal St., New Orleans, 70130.

Advance Reservations & Pre-payment are required.

Event Check-In & Networking:  11:30AM

Luncheon:  12:10PM

Event Concludes:  1:30-1:45PM

Friday, March 23rd

Friday, June 22nd

Friday, August 17th

Friday, December 7th – ANNUAL MEETING

2012 Luncheons  (Baton Rouge)

Locations of luncheons in Baton Rouge to be advised.

Event Check-In & Networking:  11:30AM

Luncheon:  12:10PM

Event Concludes:  1:30-1:45PM

Friday, March 9th

Friday, October 12th

2012 Network Evenings  (New Orleans Area):

Network Evenings are held at rotating locations in the greater metro area of New Orleans.  Watch for Details.

Time:  5:30 – 7:30PM

Thurs. January 19th at La Estancia Restaurant in Kenner

Wed. February 29th at Elmwood Self-Storage & Wine Cellar in Harahan

Tues. March 20th at Club Masquerade in Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans –  it’s Latin Night at Masquerade!

Thurs. April 19th

Thurs. May 17th

Thurs. June 14th

Thurs. July 19th

Thurs. August 16th

September –  No network event this month  in New Orleans due to Excelencia Gala on Sept. 15th.

Thurs. October 18th

Thurs. November 15th

December  – No network event this month in New Orleans due to holiday season.

2012 Network Evenings  (Baton Rouge):

Locations to be advised.  Watch for details.

Time:  5:30 – 7:30 pm

Thurs. April 12th

May –  No network event this month in Baton Rouge.

Thurs. June 7th

July –  No network event this month in Baton Rouge.

Thurs. August 9th

September – No network event this month in Baton Rouge

October – No network event this month in Baton Rouge

Thurs. November 8th

December – No network event this month in Baton Rouge.

2012 Annual Excelencia Gala Dinner Dance & Silent Auction (New Orleans):

Saturday, September22nd, 2012 at the JW Marriott, 614 Canal St., New Orleans, LA  70130

The Excelencia Awards will be presented at this event which kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S.

2012  Baton Rouge Gala:

Friday, May 11th, 2012.  Watch for location and other details.

2011 Events


 (at JW Marriott at 614 Canal St., New Orleans, 70130)

Fri. Feb. 11th  – Keynote Speaker Greg Rigamer, CEO of GCR & Associates will analyse the 2010 U.S. Census Results, particularly in light of the exploding Latino population in Louisiana. /  Welcome Rodrick Miller, the newly appointed President & CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance,  the public private partnership for Economic Development for the City of New Orleans. / HCCL Installation of New Officers & Board

Wed. April 27th  –     – Keynote Speaker, The Hon.  Jay Dardenne, Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana, will speak on Multi-Culturalism in Louisiana.

Fri. July 22nd –– Keynote Speaker, The Hon. Tom Schedler, Secretary of State of Louisiana,  will speak about new initiatives in his office to make doing business in Louisiana an easier process.  Among other points, he will highlight created to ease the frustrations that businesses have trying to find information about licenses and permits necessary for their operation.  It is a starting point for customers to obtain information regarding which state agencies will need to be contacted for a variety  of registration documents; you are able to go online and create a customized checklist for your individualized business. Secretary Schedler is very interested in getting to meet and work with the Latino community in Louisiana.

Mon. Dec. 5th – ANNUAL MEETING – Keynote Speaker, Jason Marczak, Director of Policy of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) of New York City will present “The Economic Impact of Immigrant-Related Local Ordinances”.  This analysis looks at local immigration-related ordinances in 53 U.S. cities and what effects those either restrictive or non-restrictive ordinances created – whether intentionally or as unintended consequences – on the business environment and  economic growth of those cities.  The findings were revealing and surprising in many instances.   It is the first time that a hard statistical study of this kind has been done on the subject.


2011 Annual Excelencia Gala Dinner Dance with Silent Auction

Friday, September 16, 2011 at the JW Marriott, New Orleans.  Theme:  “Noche de Rumba!”

(Gala marks the kick-off of Hispanic Heritage Month.)

Honorees:  2011 Excelencia Award for Corporate Partner — COX

2011 Excelencia Award for Medical Research and Business –  Dr. Nicolas Bazan

2011 Excelencia Award as Humanitarian of the Year  –  Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Fierro

2011 Excelencia American Dream Award — Jairo Alvarez Botero


Tues. Feb. 15th –   Joint event with the National Association of Bilingual Educators during their national convention in New Orleans.  At Rio Mar Restaurant.

Thurs. March 10th–      Joint event with the National  Hispanic Bar Association during their national convention in New Orleans.  At Harrah’s Hotel.

Wed. June 22nd  –      Tri-Chamber Network Event with  the  Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, the Asian Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, and the New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce.  At Elmwood Self-Storage & Wine Cellar in Harahan.

Thurs. July 7th–         Very Special Network Evening at The Historic New Orleans Collection with special viewing of exhibit The Threads of Memory: Spain and the United States.  New Orleans is one of only 3 U.S. cities selected to host this exhibit from the Archivo de los Indios in Seville, Spain.

Wed. Aug. 3rd   –  HCCL joins the Algiers Economic Development Foundation to bring you a free outdoor concert -NOCHE LATINA ON THE POINT (Algiers Point was founded in 1798!) – part of the Wednesdays on the Point Concert Series!  HCCL will be your emcee and present bands OTRA and JAVIER & ELEGANT GYPSY.  Joining HCCL on the big stage will be Latin  D-J’s  “Potris” & “JC”  of the new Spanish radio stations  LA MEGA  107.5  &  LA RAZA 830  on your dial!  Come dance your feet off!

Tues., Dec. 20th –  This network evening has been rescheduled to January.  Stay tuned for our 2012 Calendar of Events.

2011 Entrepreneurship Seminar Series:   Sponsored by Chevron:

1) Thurs. April 14th:    “Los Cinco Pasos para Conseguir Financiacion”   (Five Steps to Obtaining Financing)

2)  Thurs. May 12th:      ”Como Escribir un Plan de Negocios”  ( How to Write A Business Plan)

3)  Thurs. June 23rd:     ”Los Seguros, Los Impuestos, y su Relacion al Acceso a Crédito”  (Insurance, Taxes, & Their Relation to Credit Access)

4)  4th Quarter 2011 – Date to be Advised:     “Restaurantes:  cómo sobrevivir y sobresalir en una economía difícil”  (Restaurant Survival: How to Survive & Thrive in a Difficult Economy)

5)  4th Quarter 2011 – Date to be Advised:    ” Cómo manejar y operar una compañía de Construcción”     (How to Manage & Operate Construction Company)

6)  4th Quarter 2011 – Date to be Advised:    ” Los A,B,C’s de Certificación como Empresas Minoritarias”  (Minority Certification – types, processes & methodology)



Thurs. Feb. 17th:  HCCL & World Trade Center of New Orleans joint luncheon at Plimsoll Club with His Excellency Hugo Llorens, the United States Ambassador to Honduras.

Fri. Feb. 18th – HCCL Exec. Dir. gives Welcome Address to National Association of Bilingual Educators (NABE) at their national conference in New Orleans. At New Orleans Convention Center.

Thurs. Feb. 24th:  HCCL  is guest speaker at U.S. Dept. of Commerce Trade Confrerence at Univeristy of Southern Mississippi  for “Export University”, co-hosted  by the Mississippi District Export Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Commercial Service, and the University of Southern Mississippi

Mon. March 28th:  HCCL & World Trade Center of New Orleans Joint Breakfast Briefing for His Excellency Luis Benigno Gallegos Chiriboga, the Ambassador of Ecuador to the United states; “Doing Business with Ecuador”; at Plimsoll Club.

Thurs. March 31st:  VIP Diversity Reception for key leaders of minority business communities.  Hosted by Prudential.  At JW Marriott.

Sun. April 10th:  HCCL takes to the stage at the world famous French Quarter Festival to present Latin  band “Son Como Son” featuring Roberto Moreira.

Mon. April 18th:   Women’s Dinner Seminar  ”Dollars and Sense” at Tommy’s Cuisine & Wine Bar in the Warehouse District of New Orleans.  6 -8PM.  Sponsored by Prudential.

May 5-6: “HONDURAS IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS” – International Conference in the City of San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Keynote Speakers to include His Excellency Porfirio Lobo Sosa, President of the Republic of Honduras; Carlos Slim of Mexico – “the World’s Richest Man”; the President of the Inter-American Development Bank – Mr. Luis Alberto Moreno; and the President & CEO of the Arab Bank (Switzerland) Mr.  Nasri Victor Malhame.

Wed. July 20th: — Visit the HCCL Booth at the Urban Entrepreneruship Forum in New Orleans.  Presented by the White House Business Council, the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Domestic Policy Council, in partnership with the City of New Orleans, the Forum will  focus on providing tools to support job growth and foster economic success for local entrepreneurs.

Tues. July 26th:  HCCL hosts orientation evening at Delgado Community College -West Bank Campus:  Economic Opportunities & Career Choices;  6-8PM

Thurs. July 28th:  HCCL hosts orientation evening at Delgado Community College –  City Park Campus:  Economic Opportunities & Career Choices; 6-8PM

Thur. August 25th –  Visit HCCL Booth at Gateway Conference – 2011 premiere forum on supplier diversity and MBE development produced by the Louisiana Minority Suppliers Diversity Council.  At the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans.

Wed. Sept. 27th – HCCL participates in U.S. Congressman Cedric Richmond’s Economic Summit for Small Business, and further participates in a round table conversation with stakeholders on the pending Free Trade Agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.

Fri. Sept. 30th–  HCCL is guest speaker at National Latino Law Conference for their national convention in New Orleans.

Thurs. Oct. 6th :  HCCL is featured speaker at New Orleans conference of the Sacramento Metro Chamber’s 13th Annual Study Mission on Workforce Development.

Oct. 20-21: HCCL is invited speaker at Americas Society/Council of the Americas meeting in New York City dealing with issues of integration of the immigrant workforce in U.S. gateway cities.

Nov. 30-Dec.2nd:  – 35th Annual Conference on Caribbean & Central America.  At Marriott Hotel in New Orleans.


2011 Training Programs:

1)     Workforce Training Development Program with Bilingual Access –  2011 marks our 4th year with this highly successful program, the only one of its kind in the State.  Latinos learn soft skills on bilingual basis for job placement in the local economy.

2)   NEW – starting in April 2011:  Technical Assistance for new and existing businesses (focus on Latino owned) located in the affected storm parishes of Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike.


RADIO SHOWS:   HCCL has shows on Spanish radio every week. 

1) Sunburst Media’s two stations based  in New Orleans :   La Raza  8.30AM,  simulcast with La Mega 107.5 FM    –   Saturdays at 8:00AM .  (Day & time subject to change.)  We recently celebrated our 3rd year anniversary with this business show.

2)  NEW!  Radio Tropical KGLA  15.40AM,  SIMULCAST  with their 105.7  KGLA FM station in New Orleans,  and–  KDDK Radi0 105.5 FM in Baton Rouge, LA on Thursdays from 11:30AM – 12:00Noon. (Day & time subject to change.)


2010 Events


Fri. March 19 – At  JW Marriott.  Keynote Speakers:  Candidates for Mayor of Kenner: the Hon. Mike Yenni,  and the Hon. Phil Capitano.  Also intro of Latina executive Sonia Perez, President of AT&T Louisiana.

Fri. Oct. 15th – At JW Marriott.  Keynote Speakers: The Hon. Edouard Quatrevaux, Inspector General of the City of New Orleans speaking on the initiatives of his office; and Daphne Derven, Special Projects Manager of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation speaking on  “The Perception vs the Reality of Our Recovery From the Effects of the BP Oil Spill.”

Network Evenings:

Wed. Jan. 21 –  At  Irvin Mayfields’ Jazz Playhouse in Royal Sonesta Hotel

Wed. Feb. 24 –  At Elwood Self Storage & Wine Cellar

Wed. April 21 – At Whitney Bank Board Room – Main Branch

Wed. May 19 – Tri-Chamber Event with Asian Chamber & N.O. Reg. Black Chamber at Sake Cafe

Wed. July 21 –  At Mike’s East and West on St. Charles Avenue

Wed. Aug. 18 –  At El Mesquite Grill on the West Bank

Thurs. Sept. 16 –  At JW Marriott following afternoon  symposium “Enfoque Honduras”

Wed. Oct. 20 – At Tango Argentinian Grill; special guest U.S. Congressman Anh Joseph Cao.  Sponsored by American Express

Wed. Nov. 17 –  Tri-Chamber Event at Elmwood Self-Storage and Wine Cellar

Excelencia Gala

Fri. Nov. 19 –  Theme “Renacimiento”.  At the JW Marriott.  Honorees:  Shell Oil Company, Excelencia Award for Corporate Commitment.  Maria O’Byrne Stephenson of Stephenson, Chavarri & Matthews, Excelencia Award as Business Person of the Year; Dr. Juan Jorge Gershanik, Excelencia Award as Humanitarian of the Year; and Ivetee Nunez-Hera, Northrop Grumman, as recipient of Excelencia American Dream Award.  Music by Son Como Son featuring Roberto Moreira.

Special Events:

Seminarios para Empresarios –  Presented by HCCL in cooperation with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.

Tues. March 16 – “Como empezar y financiar un negocio”

Wed. March 24th – “Como estructurar e inscribir un negocio”

Wed. April 14th  – “Como escribir un plan de negocio”

Tues. April 20th – “Como empezar un negocio de importacion y exportacion”

Tues. May 4th – “Los cinco pasas para conseguir financiamiento”

Thurs. June 13th – “Como interpretar estados financieros”

Thurs. Aug. 5th – “Como empezar un negocio de importacion y exportacion”

Thurs. Aug. 12  – ” Como empezar y financear un negocio”

Thurs. Sept. 9th –  “Como estructurar e inscribir un negocio”

Thurs. Sept. 30th –  “Como escribir un plan de negocio”

Thurs. Oct. 14th – “Los cinco pasos para conseguir financiamiento”

Thurs. Oct. 28th – “Como interpretar estados financieros”


Thurs. May 20th – HCCL Town Hall Meeting on BP Oil Spill featuring Randy Prescott of BP and others.

Sat. August 7 –  ” El Exito al Alcance”- Half day seminar about the road to success.  Presented  in cooperation with La Fabulosa Radio 8.30 AM.

Thursday, Sept. 16 –  “Enfoque Honduras” – Half-day seminar on doing business with Honduras.  Keynote Speakers includeMs. Aline Flores, President of the Cámara de Comercio e Industria de Tegucigalpa (the largest chamber of commerce in Honduras).  And Lic. Alexander Hedman Alas, Board of Directors of COHEP – Consejo Hondureño de Empresas Privadas(Honduran Council of Private Sector Businesses). And Lic. Jose Martin Chicas, Vice President of ANDI – Asociación Nacional de Industrias (National Association of Industries). And  Ms. Mariebelle Lieberman, President of Mariebelle Chocolates – acclaimed chocolatier from Honduras with luxury stores in Manhattan.


2009 Events


Friday, May 8  At JW Marriott.  Keynote Speaker:  United States Attorney Jim Letten. Topic – Crime, Corruption, & immigration issues in post-Katrina New Orleans:  an update from the Federal perspective.

Friday, August 7  At JW Marriott.  Keyntoe Speakers:  United States Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao: Report from Capitol Hill. And Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro Jr.:  Update on the operations and challenges of the D.A.’s Office.

Friday, December 11  At The Plimsoll Club.  Keynote Speaker:  The Hon. Mitch Landrieu, Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana.

Network Evenings:

Wed. Jan. 28  Special Reception for Installation of New Officers & Board of Directors.  At offices of Jones Walker.

Wed. Feb. 28  At Flaming Torch Restaurant

Wed. March 18th  At Rio Mar Restaurant in the Warehouse District

Wed. April 15th  At Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, Kenner

Wed. May 20th  At Copeland’s Social City Club

Wed. June 17th  At Treasure Chest Casino

Wed. July 15th  Joint Network Evening with Asian Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana at Bambu Asian Grill in Harrah’s Casino

Wed. Aug. 19th  At Galvez Restaurant in the French Quarter

Wed. Sept. 16th  At Tommy’s Wine Bar, kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month

Wed. Oct. 22nd  At Grand Isle Restaurant

Wed. Nov. 18th  At Whitney Bank in Metairie

Excelencia Gala:

Sat. June 20  Theme:  “Under the Mayan Moonlight”.  At JW Marriott.  Honorees: Jose Suquet,  2009 Excelencia Award as Business Leader of the Year;  And, Frank Purvis Jr. as 2009 Excelencia Award for Lifetime Achievement in Business.  Music by Latin Four.

Other Events:  Seminarios para Empresarios

Presented by HCCL in cooperation with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center.

Oct. 20 & Dec. 3    “Como estructurar e inscribir su negocio”

Nov. 10 & Dec. 8  “Como empezar y financiar su negocio”

Nov. 19   “Como escribir un plan de negocio”

2008 Events


Friday, April 18th:  “Positioning your Company for Access  to Business Opportunities through Minority Certification”.   Underwritten by Shell Oil.   At the  J.W.Marriott

Wednesday, July 23rdReport on Rebuilding Progress in New Orleans by Presidential Appointee General Douglas O’Dell, Federal Coordinator, Gulf Coast Rebuilding, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.  At the J.W. Marriott .

Network Evenings:

Wednesday,  February 20th  at   Rio Mar Restaurant in Warehouse District

Wednesday, March 26th    at Republic New Orleans in the Warehouse District

Wed. April 16th at  Impastato’s Restaurant in Metairie

Wednesday, May 21st       Tomatillo’s Restaurant in French Quarter

Wednesday, June 18th         No network event this month due to annual Gala.

Wednesday, July 16th        New OrleansMuseumof Art in CityPark

Wednesday, August 20th.    Joint Event with East Jefferson Business Assn. at Whitney Bank Lobby inMetairie

Wednesday, October 15th      Three-way Network event with HCCL, the Hispanic Lawyers Assn. of Louisiana, and the Loyola School of Law.  At the Loyola College of Law courtyard.


Sat. June 8th at JW Marriott.  Honoree Max Moreno, Vice President & Regional Manager of Whitney Bank.  Music by Vivaz Latin Band.


March 2008 –  HCCL launches bi-weekly business show in Spanish on La Fabulosa 830am Radio Station.

Thurs. Aug. 21st  –  HCCL hosts special luncheon for newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, the Hon. Hugo Llorens.  At JW Marriott.  Held in cooperation with The Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) and with the Lieutenant Governor of the State of Louisiana Mitchell J. Landrieu.

2007 Events


March 23rd at JW Marriott.  Keynote Speaker Aaron Broussard, President of Jefferson Parish.

June 29th at JW Marriott.  Keynote Speakers Sean Hunter, Dir. Aviation of Louis Armstrong International New Orleans Airport. And, Dr. Ed Blakely, Recovery Czar.

September 28th at JW Marriott.  Keynote Speaker Dr. Michael Turner, President & Senior Scholar of Political & Economic Research Council (PERC)

December 7th at Plimsoll Club.  Launch of Telemundo New Orleans KGLA-TV – the first full power Spanish speaking station in the area.  And presentation of Inspiracion Awards to Ana Gershanik,  Dr. Juan Gershanik, and  Dr. Vinicio Madrigal.

Network Evenings:

Feb. 22nd at Chad’s Bistro

March 21st at The “W” French Quarter Hotel

April 18th  at the Renaissance Arts Hotel. Joint event with a Trade Delegation from Guatemala brought by the Trade Capacity Building Institute of New Orleans.

May 14th at La Macarena Pupuseria

Nov. 14th at the JW Marriott


Sat. July 28th  at The Foundry in the Warehouse District. Honoree:  Maria Bonilla of American Overseas Trading Company.  Music by Irvin Mayfield ensemble “Purple Disrespect” including Kermit Ruffin  and Trombone Shorty. Andspecial performance by Fredy Omar.

2006 Events


March 10th at Andrea’s Restaurant.  Keynote Speakers: Dr. Diane Roussel, Supt. Jefferson Parish Public School System.  And, Dr. Randy Moffett, President, Southeastern Louisiana University. And, Jim Kelly, CEO of Catholic Charities of New Orleans. And. Manny Blanco, President of HCCL.  Theme:  Introduction of Hispanic Business Resources & Technology Center.

September 29th at JW Marriott.  Keynote Speaker:  Aaron Broussard, President of Jefferson Parish.

December 8th at Plimsoll Club.  Installation of New Officers & Board of HCCL.

Network Evenings:

August 24th at Mi Tierra Restaurant

September 12th  at Offices of Jones Walker

Annual Gala:

Sat. October 21st at JW Marriott.  Honoree Charles Nelson of Waldemar S. Nelson & Co.  Music by Julio & Cesar.

Golf Tournament:

Mon.Oct. 8th at The Links at Stonebridge Golf Course in Gretna, LA