Hispanic Chamber Launches Entrepreneurial Growth Initiative

2015 Business Connect to grow San Antonio’s emerging Entrepreneur Sector

San Antonio, TX – Today, Mayor Ivy Taylor, along with city, county and business leaders gathered at City Hall to share details of an important entrepreneurial growth initiative of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, called 2015 Business Connect. The inaugural business matchmaking event will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and will be free for any small businesses to participate.

2015 Business Connect will provide an important role in introducing San Antonio’s small businesses to prospective local, regional, national and international buyers representing the private and public sectors.

The 2015 Business Connect event will also consist of the H-E-B Small Business Educational Resource Center, an all-day onsite resource center setup to empower entrepreneurs with the tools they need to obtain contracts. This critical piece of the event will allow businesses to obtain vendor registrations, business certifications, and technical assistance with a wide variety of resources available to grow their company.

“At the H-E-B Small Business Educational Resource Center, businesses will find the value of education from a different perspective while growing their company, connecting with buyers, and ultimately creating wealth for themselves and our entire community,” said Ramiro Cavazos, President and CEO for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The success of this business matchmaking event is two-fold. Online pre-registration is required by small businesses to enter their information so that the buyers can pre-screen the sellers and thus set individual appointments for the day. The process described greatly enhances the qualitative aspect of the exchange.

In addition, an element of success will be provided through continuity beyond the 2015 Business Connect event. An online portal will provide the mechanism to offer continuous exchange for prospective business matchmaking contracts.

“The vision of 2015 Business Connect is bold and the goals are ambitious,” said Al Aguilar, Chairman for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “We will track how many contracts will result, what dollar amount will be created through new contracts and how many new jobs will be created. This is an excellent way of keeping and attracting talent to San Antonio.”

The Hispanic Chamber is actively partnering with organizations such as the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos, Bexar County, the City of San Antonio, and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation and U.S. Small Business Administration. The event is free thanks to the support of generous sponsors such as H-E-B and JP Morgan Chase.

Since 1929, the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has been at the helm of advocating on behalf of small business owners, to ensure the necessary resources and capital are available to grow their enterprise. Our economic well-being is very much dependent on the workforce which is comprised of more than 40,000 small businesses in the San Antonio metropolitan area.

For more information about the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber and 2015 Business connect, visit sahcc.org/businessconnect.

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Founded in 1929, The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic and small business entrepreneurs. The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce advocates on behalf of more than 40,000 small businesses in the San Antonio region. The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce serves as an advocate to more than 1,200 members locally and internationally and is the only Five-Star Accredited Hispanic chamber in America by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.