SA to DC 2013 with the Hispanic Chamber
March 7, 2013 (Washington DC) – Today, we returned to Capitol Hill to focus on effectively advocating issues that are of interest to the San Antonio Business community, which includes the Hispanic Chamber’s more than 1,000 members.
In the short amount of time that we have been in DC we have made a positive impression on our nation’s leaders. The SA to DC respective committee has already met with several elected officials to discuss immigration reform. Representative Lloyd Doggett, Representative Joaquin Castro, Congressman Henry Cuellar, and Representative Charles Schumer are just a few elected officials that we visited with.
The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce stressed the importance of focusing on immigration reform as it maximizes our nation’s economic competitiveness. Immigration reform is necessary in order to replace an aging domestic workforce and to remain competitive in today’s global economy.
Another focus for the Hispanic Chamber is Small Business. We believe Small Business is the driving force of our nation’s economy. When meeting with our Congressmen we asked for support in implementing measures that will allow access to capital for business owners and community development financial institutions, strengthen accountability for small business goal achievement, and funding for the Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) in San Antonio.
To learn more about our Federal Priorities, download the document below.
March 5, 2013 (Washington DC) -Today, San Antonio leaders participating in the SA to DC trip began to arrive at the San Antonio International Airport as early as 4:00 a.m. Discussions and planning started amongst the delegation members on topics including Small Business, Immigration, Military, and other focus issues important to the economic growth of our very own Alamo City. They are prepared to advocate on behalf of the more than 40,000 small business owners in the San Antonio metropolitan area.
Arriving at 10:00 a.m. in Baltimore was soon followed by a 45-minute shuttle ride to our hotel, Marriott at Metro Center, where a late afternoon reception was held to welcome the San Antonio Delegation.
A special thanks goes out to our very own San Antonio Mayor, Julian Castro and Congressman Joaquin Castro for answering questions from reception guests and our distinguished moderator, Ron Fournier, Editorial Director for The National Journal.
March 4, 2013 (Washington DC) – In preparation for the San Antonio delegation to arrive in Washington DC on Tuesday, March 5th the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce staff spent the day walking the halls of the nation’s Capitol, confirming appointments with respective State Representatives and Congressmen. This year, in partnership with the Free Trade Alliance and Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, we will host a delegation consisting of more than 150 business leaders, state and local elected officials from San Antonio at the Nation’s Capital.
This year’s delegation consists of 12 committees: Small Business, Immigration, Military, Healthcare & Bioscience, Transportation, Water, International Trade, Education, Technology, Manufacturing, Aerospace, and Hospitality & Tourism.
Also, Hispanic Chamber President & CEO, Ramiro Cavazos, along with Jose Maria Gonzalez, Director of International Business, and Michael Vela, Director of Communications were delighted to visit with former San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Louis Escareño on Sunday.
Click here for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Federal Priorities.
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Preparing for the San Antonio Delegation to arrive