September 22, 2000


Hispanic Commerce in a New Economy" is the Focus for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention

Washington, DC — As the countdown to the presidential election continues, Hispanic economic empowerment will be the major topic at the 21st Annual National Convention and Business Expo of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC). Nearly 9,000 business owners, government leaders and corporate executives will converge in the nation's capital from October 11-14 to discuss strategic alliances, new millennium technology, and explore business and career opportunities.

"We will address the state of Hispanic business and the role that the public and private sectors can play to ensure that the Hispanic business community is on a politically and economically level playing field," said George Herrera, president and chief executive officer of the USHCC. "Hispanic businesses generate over $200 billion in annual gross receipts among our nearly 1.4 million businesses in the United States, and we are determined to grow significantly. This landmark conference and business expo will help deliver key information and networking opportunities to ensure that growth."

A stellar lineup of corporate heads and government, political and civic leaders will address various sessions of the USHCC meeting. President Bill Clinton and both major presidential candidates are invited to address the convention attendees.

Vice President Al Gore, Jr. has been invited to lead the second annual Hispanic Economic Development Town Hall Meeting, as "Strategic Alliances for the New Economy," are explored. USHCC has organized a diverse panel, including: Representative J.C. Watts (R-OK); Representative Nydia Velazquez (D-NY); Earl Graves, Black Enterprise Chair and Publisher; California Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante; and Andy Unanue, Chief Operating Officer of Goya Foods.

Governor George W. Bush has been invited to address the gathered Hispanic entrepreneurs and corporate community on his plans to increase economic opportunities for the nation's Hispanics.

Access to capital will be the topic at the plenary session with SBA Administrator Aida Alvarez; former Energy Secretary Federico Peña; California State Senator Richard Polanco, and George Franco, Chair and CEO of National Finance Corporation.

Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State, has been invited to keynote the International Breakfast on Friday, October 13.

USHCC's two-day Business Expo will spotlight more than 200 exhibitors, ranging from Hispanic and international enterprises to Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. Procurement, franchise and career opportunities will be available in the Expo, which will be open to the public Oct 12-14.

The USHCC represents the interests of more than 1.3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States and Puerto Rico, which earn more than $200 billion annually. It serves as the umbrella organization for the 250 local Hispanic chambers nationwide, and it actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs.

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