November 3, 2000
The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) selected the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SDCHCC) as the Large Hispanic Chamber of the Year from Region I. An independent panel of judges chose the SDCHCC as the regional winner. Region I is comprised of the Southwest region of the country. The award was presented to the Chamber at the USHCC Annual Hispanic Business Awards, which took place during the Annual Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. The Awards Gala is the culmination of the USHCC's four day Annual Convention & Business Expo, it is deemed the highlight of the Convention's events and activities. The focus of the Convention was the growth & significance of the Hispanic business community in the United States. The award is given to chambers in recognition of their growth, the difference they make in their region's Hispanic business community, and the value added services they provide for their membership.
The Gala Awards attracted an audience of more than 5000 Hispanic business & governmental leaders. Present to receive the award on behalf of the SDCHCC, were Manny Aguilar, current President of the Chamber, Jesse Navarro, founding President, Marco Cortes, immediate past President; and Berenice Barahona, current Board Member.
"It is an honor to receive such a prestigious recognition," remarked Aguilar, "it is built upon years of work on behalf of current and past Board Members, current and past members of the chamber, and the San Diego Hispanic business community," Aguilar remarked.
The purpose of the SDCHCC is to promote a favorable business climate, advance economic development, enhance the social & cultural environment of the community and encourage responsible and cost effective governmental responsibility. The SDCHCC has more than 1,000 members and is a leading advocate for Latino Entrepreneurs in San Diego County. In addition to their work in the business community the chamber holds an Annual Mariachi Festival to raise funds that benefit local educational and literacy scholarships, membership services, as well as community efforts that chamber supports.