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NAHCC & SBA launch "Access to Capital Panel Series For Hispanic Entrepreneurs", during Global Entrepreneurship Week
President Obama Recognizes GEW 2012 in Proclaiming 'National Entrepreneurship Month'  

President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation naming November 2012 National Entrepreneurship Month. In the declaration, he says, "This month, and during Global Entrepreneurship Week, let us renew the spirit of innovation that has fueled more than two centuries of American progress and promises to drive us in the years to come." 


Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world's largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.


During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors-introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.


Questions? 615-216-5737 or


 NAHCC members briefed about community

poll findings for Nashville 2040 General Plan

NAHCC board and members listen to Robin Rather, CEO of Collective Strenght, at a recent meeting facilitated by NAHCC board member Luis Parodi at the offices of Fifth Third Bank.

The process of developing the Nashville 2040 General Plan update will kick off in January 2013. The Nashville 2040 General Plan will replace the current Concept 2010 General Plan and will be used by the public and private sectors to guide decisions and actions about Nashville's future over the next quarter century. In advance of that three-year process, background research and organization is currently underway.


For this reason, NAHCC members met recently with Robin Rather, CEO of the Collective Strength polling organization, to hear an overview of her community poll findings. Collective Strength conducted more than 150 in-depth interviews with local and regional elected officials and community leaders. A statistically representative sample of 1,000 Nashvillians and 1,000 Middle Tennesseans from the counties surrounding Nashville gave their views on important issues for Nashville's future. The survey results contribute to inclusion, understanding, benchmarking, and cultivating relationships for the General Plan effort. They will be used to help inform and focus the General Plan process.


NAHCC President & CEO, Yuri Cunza is a member of the Nashville 2040 General Plan Steering Committee.


 The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Partnership with the Small Business Administration (SBA) TN District Office invites you:




Panelists: Latrisha Jemison (Regions),

Luis Parodi (Fifth Third Bank),

Claude Whatley (U.S Bank)




--What is Financial Literacy & why is it so important?

--Why is Access to Capital so important?

--How to learn about credit scores

--What are the Five C's of Credit & why are they so important to potential borrowers?

--The importance of the Business Plan & the Cash Flow Statement

--Establishing a banking relationship with a real person at a bank or credit union

--What are the SBA loan programs ---from $5,000 to $5,000,000---and how do they work

from a banker's perspective and also from the SBA perspective?

--What is a typical scenario of an SBA loan-the approval process from making an SBA

loan application to actually getting the loan, then making payments on the loan


Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Place: 611 Commerce Street, Suite 3119

Conference Room

Renaissance Hotel Office Building

Nashville, Tennessee 37203


Location host: Law Office of Mario Ramos



SBA District Director Walter Perry,

NAHCC President & CEO Yuri Cunza


NAHCC members in the News
More startups and new jobs are the goal of outreach program

 Unity in Diversity: 8th Annual Business and Community Awards


Eighth Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Business & Community Awards


by Stephen Fotopulos

In just the few days since Tuesday's historic election, a new consensus has quickly emerged among leaders across the political spectrum: The Latino vote was absolutely critical to Obama's victory, and immigration reform is suddenly at the top of the national policy agenda.

President Obama captured between 71 percent and 75 percent of the Latino vote, delivering narrow victories in swing states like Colorado and Florida. And exit polls clearly indicate that these New American voters see immigration as a litmus test.   Read more...


New NAHCC member benefit: LATINAStyle Magazine



LATINA Style Magazine, the most influential publication reaching the contemporary Hispanic woman, now in its 18th year of publication, joins our growing network of partners by extending a complimentarysubscription. 

to our members.

Thank you LATINA Style Magazine!

 About the publication: LATINA Style broke new ground in 1994 by launching the first national magazine dedicated to the needs and concerns of the contemporary Latina professional workingwoman and the Latina business owner in the United States. With a national circulation of 150,000 and a readership of nearly 600,000, LATINA Style is unique in its ability to reach both the seasoned professional and the young Latina entering the workforce for the first time.  Its culturally sensitive editorial environment showcases Latina achievements in all areas, including business, science, civic affairs, education, entertainment, sports, and the arts. We also offer technology tips and reviews, entertainment reviews, travel recommendations, investment guidance, beauty tips, food and drink recipes, automotive updates, and career advice-in summary, all of the things that impact the quality of life.

November 27th: 'Breakfast with the Lawyers' continues at DHPM Law. 

DHPMJoin us for "Breakfast with the Lawyers," a free legal briefing, co-hosted by DHPM and the NAHCC  Tuesday Nov. 27 starting at 7:30 AM
Previous sessions covered Estate planning- protecting your business wealth, Probate - what happens when you die, Racial and Sexual Harassment: What is it? How do you Prevent it?". Future topics: 


- Ten Things You Can Do to Prepare for An OSHA Inspection
- Never Underestimate the Importance of An Employee Handbook
- Pitfalls of Hiring and Firing
- Texting, Emailing and Blogging - How Social Media Affects you and your employees.
- Performance Evaluations
- Employee Complaints
- Accommodating Employees with Disabilities
To register please call 615.425.7111 or email Questions? 615-216-5737
Bryan Pieper  with DHPM (center) with Galileo Moreno, Reynaldo Laureano (back), Marta Pineda, Loraine Segovia and Francisco Valenzuela
NAHCC Member Achievements

Delfine Class
NAHCC board member Delfine Perales Fox with husband Robert Russell stand by Nashville Mayor Karl Dean during her graduation ceremony from My City Academy last month, at The Parthenon. My City Academy, an initiative of Mayor Karl Dean's New American Advisory Council intended to build a network of concerned citizens, increase knowledge of how city government works and encourages engagement of all Nashvillians. My City Academy ran one session a month for six months covering topics related to Nashville's history, its government, the State Legislature, infrastructure, public safety, social services and child and youth issues. Congratulations Delfine!
A very successful 'Neutralizing Hidden Factors That Impact Your Bottom Line" at MELO

Melo class
NAHCC member Paul Marchena with MELO Risk Management speaks to fellow members during the recent Lunch & Learn
Melo in collaboration with the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce conducted last October 18th, a Lunch & Learn session on Risk Management & Insurance Coverage, a very important topic that is critical for restaurant owners and Hispanic businesses in general. The session took place at the MELO offices in Cummins Station in Nashville. Topics covered included:

� Strategies that can reduce your workers comp expenses (return to work programs, drivers of employee lost time, value of safety committees, etc)

� How to better protect your continuity and reduce costs by making the purchase of insurance part of an overall risk management plan/strategy

� Ideas to avoid becoming targets for sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination

� Ideas for how to better communicate your benefits to your employees

If you are interested in attending future session s please email Paul Marchena at or programs

There is no charge to attend. Questions? Please call 615-216-5737
NAHCC Member La Noticia Newspaper Named "Best Spanish Language Newspaper"
at 2012 Best of Nashville Awards (BON)

PanelSegoviaLa Noticia Newspaper began publishing in March of 2003 and since day one, Loraine Segovia Paz (pictured left) served as a key member from a very small team embarked in the exploration of our Hispanic community through print media 'en espa�ol'  Through the years, she has been intrumental in giving La Noticia, its shape and place in our maket, understanding the needs of advertisers and readers alike. First as advertising manager and now as publisher Loraine, is a well deserving recipient of this year's Nashville SCENE Media & Politics Writer's Choice Award.
"La Noticia is available at more than 100 locations. Covering local and national stories of interest on politics, culture and sports, the paper also has ambitious plans for the future. "We're looking at doing something in English online very soon," ... read more
Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Announces Winners of its 8th Annual Business & Community Awards  
Our  traditional Celebration during Hispanic Heritage Month honors the contributions of the more than 52 million Hispanics living in the U.S - and in our city.
kick off
NAHCC Board (front), members and metro council members.

Our "2012 Celebration" began, on Friday September 14, with NAHCC members, partners, public elected officials, goverment representatives and community, joining for our traditional reception on the eve of the official Hispanic Heritage Month kick-off date (Sept.15) at the Vince Gill Room at Belmont University's Curb Event Center. This 'begining of festivities' event was free and open to the public. Click HERE for event photos. We closed our month long celebration this year with our 8th Annual Business & Community Awards Reception on October 11th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM at Waller on the 27 floor of the Nashville City Center.

According to U.S Census projections, the Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2011 has reached more than 52.0 million, making people of Hispanic origin the nation's largest ethnic or race minority. Hispanics constituted 16.7 percent of the nation's total population. In addition, there are 3.7 million residents of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory. Click HERE for video
2012 Business & Community Award Winners

*Fifth Third Bank

Outstanding 'Community Building' Achievement Award


*Mapco Mi Tienda

Outstanding "Embracing Diversity" Achievement Award


*George Uribe

Outstanding Professional Achievement Award - Media


*Lipscomb University

Outstanding 'Leadership & Advocacy in Education' Achievement Award


*El Cabrito Mexican Restaurant

Mar�a Mercedes Suarez

Emerging Hispanic Business Award


*Lourdes Castro

Hispanic Entrepreneur Achievement Award


*Delfine Fox

Outstanding Volunteer Service Award


*The Honorable Walter Hunt

Metropolitan Council of Nashville & Davidson County



Certificates of Recognition


Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to Hispanic Business Literacy


"Breakfast with the Lawyers"


Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions in Education Advocacy

* ONE Nashville


Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Artistic Contributions in Support of Causes

* Juan Alonzo, Music Composer


Winners: Delfine Perales Fox, Mar�a Mercedes Suarez, The Honorable Walter Hunt, Metropolitan Council, with NAHCC Chairman Mario Ramos (back)