Orlando, FL (June 8, 2015) – The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) in collaboration with The National Entrepreneur Center (NEC) and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) presented the Hispanic Business Conference & Expo (HBCE) from June 4-6, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center. The HBCE began the conference with B2B networking, training and development on Day 1 and Day 2. More than seven hundred were in attendance at the conference luncheon on day 2 where Javier Palomarez, president of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) and Lieutenant Governor of Florida, Carlos Lopez-Cantera sat down for a panel like discussion to discuss entrepreneurship in America and the economic impact of Hispanic businesses in Central Florida. The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $486 billion to the American economy every year. United States congressman Daniel Webster also participated in the luncheon and provided welcome remarks. The HBCE was a testament to the Hispanic business growth in Central Florida where on Day 3 of the conference, close to eight thousand people attended the B2C portion of the conference, the traditional “Expo”.
The Expo’s ribbon cutting was attended by members of the Board of Directors and Trustees of the HCCMO. Also in attendance were dozens of elected officials including Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Congressman Daniel Webster, Orange County Commissioner Pete Clarke, Orange County Commissioner Scott Boyd, Tiffany Moore Russell- Orange County Clerk of Courts, Tony Ortiz, Commissioner District 2 City of Orlando, José Alvarez-Commissioner City of Kissimmee, Diane Velazquez-Commissioner of City of Apopka, Mayor Gary Bruhn-Town of Windermere, Daryl Flynn-Orange County School Board District 2, Bill Cowles-Orange County Supervisor of Elections, Mike Ertel-Seminole County Supervisor of Elections, among other public officials.
“Expanding the Business Conference into two days and providing one full day for the Consumer Expo, proved to be a great balance for both the Business and Consumer community” said Diana Bolívar, HCCMO President. “The event was a resounding success” Bolívar added.
The HBCE attracted diverse industries and businesses from the Central Florida community as well as from other countries such as Brazil, Puerto Rico and Colombia, among others.
The HBCE provided businesses with opportunities for exposure and professional development as well as networking events with community and business leaders in Central Florida. “As an international exhibitor, this event allowed our organization to engage with the Hispanic community of Central Florida, while allowing us to also participate in important opportunities and activities for the expansion of our organization” said Paula Rivera, VP of Operations for Atención Atención, Inc., who attended the conference for the first time and traveled from Puerto Rico.
HBCE’s honorary chair, City of Orlando commissioner Tony Ortiz, along with HBCE chair, Deborah Rios-Barnes, Manager, Market Development for CenturyLink, supported HBCE because supporting it meant supporting entrepreneurs who together impact the economic development of our region as well as our country. Without the support and involvement of some of Central Florida’s most highly engaged community partners, such as Bright House Networks, Wyndham, Orlando Health, Florida Blue, and Vitas Healthcare; the HBCE would not have been possible. To see a full HBCE sponsor list please visit www.hbconference.com .
“I am proud to see how much this event has grown from its modest beginning 20 years ago, into a staple event of our Hispanic Community” expressed José Nido, HCCMO Board Chair and VP, Global Supplier Diversity, Wyndham Worldwide.
The mission of the Hispanic Business Conference & Expo is to provide an environment to strengthen the economic development and community integration between businesses and the Hispanic community in the region. For more information about this year’s expo, please visit www.HBConference.com.
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1993 with the mission to provide leadership and support the economic development of the Hispanic business community of Metro Orlando. For more information on the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.hccmo.org