- January 12, 2018
- Posted by: Milca Otanez
- Category: News, Press Releases, Uncategorized
NEW ORLEANS (December 8, 2017) – The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana (HCCL) is pleased to announce that the Women Business Enterprise Council South (WBEC South) selected the organization with the 2017 Partner Organization of the Year Award.
The award was presented at the WBEC South’s Annual Women In Business Leadership Luncheon that took place in New Orleans, Louisiana, on December 7, 2017. Mayra Pineda, President and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, accepted the award on behalf of the HCCL. This recognition was bestowed for the strong collaboration between both organizations which results in important growth of women owned businesses.
“The HCCL believes in strong partnerships and collaboration strategies to facilitate opportunities to small business and individuals,” said Mayra Pineda, President and CEO. “WBEC South has been instrumental in the success of our Women’s Business Symposium and certification education for our members.”
The role of HCCL in Louisiana is critical due to the rise of the Hispanic population in the area. Foreign-born households contributed $7.6 billion to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the Greater New Orleans metro area. Immigrant-owned businesses generated $174 million in business income and two out of three businesses are owned by U.S.-born Latinos while one out of three are owned by immigrant Latinos.
About the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana is a non-profit organization committed to creating and facilitating a business climate within the Hispanic community which will result in economic development and progress for Louisiana. HCCL is also dedicated to the expansion of trade relations between the State of Louisiana and Latin America. Its mission is to foster the continued economic growth, development, and promotion of Hispanic businesses and their associations in the state of Louisiana, and to serve as the conduit between the Hispanic business community and the community at large.