PURPOSE OF THE GALA:
To raise Organizational General Operations Support to provide continuity of existing programs and services to the Latino Community as well as ongoing expansion of programs to other immigrant community chambers and trade associations.
Organizational Mission and History:
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Minnesota was established in 2000 and the offices are located at 401 North Robert Street Suite 150 St. Paul, MN 55101. Our vision is: Latinos reaching their potential....viva la diferencia! HCCM is managed by a 13 all Latino board of directors. The mission of the chamber focuses on the following:
- Expand access to community-based enrichment and life skills programming during or outside of the regular school hours for middle school and high school aged youth
- Create qualified workforce for the future
- Business, entrepreneurial training and resources that increase the ability of the Hispanic community to navigate the various compliance matters of licenses, financial management and human resources.
- To integrate various mainstream resources via larger chambers, governmental agencies for civic engagement and economic security
- Youth to obtain high quality education and work experiences that provide a foundation for a successful transition to adulthood
The HCCM a 501c3 has a social entrepreneurial agenda that was created out of the grassroots need of the growing Hispanic community in Minnesota; to empower itself to take an-in-depth look at the educational and economic barriers present in our area. For several years the HCCM has monitored and recognized the growing population of Latino/Hispanics in Minnesota's inner-city and rural settlements. Our Social Entrepreneurial agenda has served to "close the racial disparity gap" for Latino/Hispanics in Minnesota through our economic independence initiatives.
- Business Training and Technical Assistance helps Latino entrepreneurs and small business owners start and expand businesses that create jobs.
- Emerging Leaders: "25 on the Rise" Annual Awards Program recognizes and promotes 25 emerging Latino leaders and role models under forty who work in a variety of fields and professions.
- College and Careers Pipeline connects Latino individuals, students and professionals with career, educational, and business opportunities and resources available throughout Minnesota. Latina Educational Development has served 840 Latina girls to date. La Beca Scholarship has been awarded to ten Hispanic college students.
- Financial Literacy & Home Ownership services help families to establish and maintain financial security and stability through sound financial management.
- Chamber & Networking activities create opportunities for individuals and businesses to engage and establish business relationships with other businesses and organization