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From the Desk of John Hernandez, President of the FWHCC
The month of August always reminds me of school. The smell of brand new school supplies, new clothes and the excitement of new classes and teachers. Whether you're in kindergarten, preparing for another semester in college or taking that certification prep course, it's an awesome time and brings a sense of new beginnings. This month at the Chamber is no different. We're preparing for a busy and productive second half of 2017 and to kick things off, of course, is Education.  Our Five Pillar Lecture Series featuring our new TCC Chancellor, Dr. Gene Giovannini, will be held on August 16th at the Fort Worth Club.
Education is a personal passion of mine. I feel extremely blessed to have attended two different "schools"; the blue-collar school of learning and one of the best traditional academic schools, SMU's Cox School of Business. However, I have a slightly different take on education than most. In my opinion, a degree and/or a certification is NOT a magic ticket. In fact, I know plenty of very educated folks that are still struggling to make ends meet. I also have the pleasure of knowing plenty of highly successful people with neither. My point is: a degree alone is not a guarantee for success. I view education as a very important tool, but it should not be the only tool in your toolbox. There are three important moves that in hindsight, I wish I would have followed. Find your passion, look for the most logical educational path and commit yourself to the mission.
With that in mind, when I speak to young professionals in the community, I try to encourage them to follow these three steps. Finding your inspiration can be difficult but it can also be as simple as asking yourself what makes you happy and what do you like doing. Once you've identified that profession, educate yourself on the best route to achieving your goal. Research schools, certifications and definitely seek out mentors and examples in that industry. Then quite simply, pursue it like crazy! You would be amazed by how it will greatly enhance your quality of life.
Please allow me to share a quote that has really stuck with me. "A lot of people have become comfortable. They stop growing; they stop wanting anything; they've become satisfied. People are getting ready to go to jobs that they don't like. Jobs that are making them sick. You see, when you are not pursuing your goals, you're committing spiritual suicide."
In closing, I want to encourage all of you, whether you're a student, young professional or seasoned veteran to go through this exercise. Then, invest in yourself. Seek out resources and education and go for it!  We have incredible resources like Tarrant County College right here in our community. Please join us on August 16th as we welcome the Chancellor of one of our most valuable community resources. 
Chamber Events
Five Pillar Lecture Series: Education
OAugust 16th, join the FWHCC and Dr. Eugene Giovannini, Chancellor of Tarrant County College District, for the next installment of our Five Pillar Lecture Series. Network with Chamber and community members and hear Dr. Giovannini speak to attendees about his conclusions and impressions after approximately one year on the job, as well as discuss TCCD's most pressing needs. Register online.
Business After Hours Mixer
Join the FWHCC on  August 17th  for our next Business After Hours Mixer. Trinity River Vision Authority will be hosting us in their beautiful downtown location. Enjoy refreshments and the opportunity to meet and mingle with Chamber members and prospective members alike! Don't forget to bring your business cards for networking opportunities and door prizes!  Free to attend, please register online.
State of Hispanic Business Forum
On September 7th, the second annual Sate of Hispanic Business in North Texas forum will inform attendees about the economic conditions and trends of the region's Hispanic-owned businesses and potential growth opportunities. Presented by Wells Fargo in collaboration with FWHCC, IHCC, GDHCC, Telemundo 39 and RHCA. Registration and location information to be announced.
Community Events
19th Annual North Texas Wellness Fair
On August 5th, the Hispanic Wellness Coalition will offer a health fair for the entire family with free medical screenings and checks, demonstrations, vaccines and more. The NTWF is designed to provide access to health care information and prevention services for those who cannot afford it. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the Hispanic Wellness Coalition's website
Hispano Exito's Back to School Bash
Join Hispano Exito on August 12th for Fort Worth's biggest back to school bash! The Back to School Summer Bash is an annual event that provides backpacks and school supplies to students with food, fun, music and games. This event brings hope, joy and summertime fun to children in Fort Worth and surrounding cities. Register online before August 6th to qualify for backpack and school supply giveaway.
Movies that Matter Latino
Attend a special viewing of Maria en Tierra de Nadie on September 3rd at Rose Marine Theater. The movie features an unprecedented and intimate look at the illegal and extremely dangerous journey of three Salvadoran women to the US. During their harrowing journey, the women encounter many trials in an unwavering quest for a better life. Free to attend, please register online.
State of Hispanic Business in North Texas Forum
The second  annual State of Hispanic Business in North Texas forum is coming up on September 7th. This event is presented by Wells Fargo in collaboration with the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber, Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber, Irving Hispanic Chamber, Telemundo 39, and the Regional Hispanic Contractors Association. This event showcases various speakers as well as breakout sessions to inform the respective chamber and association members, partners and the community about the economic conditions and trends of the region's Hispanic-owned businesses and potential growth opportunities.
We would sincerely appreciate your consideration to support the Chamber by partnering with us for this great event. Please contact our Director of Events, Nicole Antonini at or (817) 625-5411 for more information.
Save the Date for our 2018 Signature Events
35th Annual Fiesta Night at the Rodeo - January 19, 2018

45th Annual American Salute Gala - April 13, 2018

2nd Annual Clay Shoot - September 28, 2018

The State of the Hispanic Chamber - December 5, 2018
The Rising Tide Initiative
For many years, Fort Worth has been regarded as an entrepreneurial city, but what about in the realm of technology and innovation? Understanding the need for driving attention to these areas within our community has led to the formation of the Rising Tide Initiative. With a mission that aims to "Enhance the Fort Worth and Tarrant County Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology community through modeling a vibrant, collaborative ecosystem," the Rising Tide Initiative has arrived and is quickly building momentum and gaining attention for the right reasons. Want to learn more?  Visit their website or join one of their open networking events held at 5:00pm every Thursday at HG Sply located at 1621 River Run, Suite 176, Fort Worth, TX 76107.
North Texas LEAD
North Texas Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity (LEAD), formerly known as The North Texas BOLD Initiative (NTBI), began in August 1999 when former BNSF Railway CEO Rob Krebs invited a small group of CEOs to meet Bea Fitzpatrick, a nationally recognized expert on diversifying corporate leadership.

Leaders from eight corporations and the City of Fort Worth launched a series of meetings to explore strategies to remove employment advancement barriers faced by women and people of color. These meetings led to the formation of NTBI and the start of the Community-Wide Talent Search process. The specific purpose of the Talent Search process remains two-fold: to work systematically in creating inclusive systems and work environments inside corporations, and to work systematically to identify the diverse management and executive talent which exists in the community and bring it to the attention of member employers.

The original partners of NTBI included: Alcon Laboratories, American Airlines Corporations, Bell Helicopter Textron, BNSF Railway, Nokia Corporation, Radio Shack, Star-Telegram, Hillwood Development, and the City of Fort Worth.

Thirty-three employers are now partners with LEAD. An amicable disaffiliation from the New York based BOLD Initiative paved the way for a Texas based board of directors to lead the Fort Worth based organization. The name was formally changed to North Texas LEAD in 2007.

Several hired candidates serve on non-profit boards in strategic positions of responsibility. The skills they bring to a non-profit's organization are welcomed since these agencies are often understaffed. LEAD is often called on to support convention and MWBE recruitment efforts. Partnering with the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, North Texas LEAD has assisted in the recruitment of two significant conferences. The National Society of Hispanic MBAs brought a major conference to Fort Worth in 2004. More than 7,500 hotel guests came to Fort Worth in 2012 when the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers annual conference was held in Fort Worth.

Over 1,100 college degreed professionals from diverse backgrounds have found employment after going through the LEAD interview process. These placements are with members and non-members of LEAD. All placed candidates attribute the unique support and feedback shared with them as key to their successful job placements. 

For more information, visit North Texas LEAD's website.
Welcome to Our New Members
As summer comes to an end and the beginning of another school year approaches, we would like to take a moment to thank each and every one of our members. 

We have experienced many changes internally and even within the community over the past year. Not only have we adjusted the efficiency of membership, but we have also reviewed our programs and events to make positive changes to enhance the benefits provided to our members. We have increased our outreach in the community through the press and revamped many of our communication pieces to focus on you, the member. Our team is stronger than ever and we will continue to strive to help our members flourish.

In 2016, we had a total of 73 members join the Chamber and only three of those joined during the month of July. So far in 2017, we have had a total of 58 members join year-to-date and 10 of those have joined during this month alone. In just one year, we have tripled our new membership for the month of July. 

As a membership organization, we thank you for your continuous support. We will be including a list of our new members in each Empresario, so please help us welcome our new members for this month and each month going forward.
Ambassador Spotlight
Raquel Fernandez, 
Home Instead Senior Care of Fort Worth, Texas

Raquel is a Home Care Consultant at Home Instead and has worked in the sales/marketing field for more than 20 years. Her experience in senior care includes working in long term care and rehabilitation facilities, as well as both Assisted and Independent Living. Her experience has afforded her the knowledge to understand the challenges faced by both the healthcare professionals and families who are seeking care. She spends her spare time with family and loves traveling to different parts of the world. 
Home Instead has a passion for serving seniors and their families and a mission to enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. The families they serve live and work in Fort Worth, Texas, so they are invested in the community on a very personal level. Home Instead believes every family in the area deserves individualized in-home senior care with a compassionate touch.

As a locally owned business, Home Instead offers friendly, responsive service right in your neighborhood. They are dedicated to making the community a better place to live for seniors and their families.

The services that Home Instead offers include:

*Medication Reminders
*Meal Preparations
*Light Housekeeping
*Personal Care
*Escort to Appointments/ Errands
*Respite care

Please call Home Instead (817) 377-0992 or visit their website for more information.
Interested in a Ribbon Cutting?
A great benefit of your FWHCC membership is that we offer ribbon cuttings for members who have started a new business, moved to a new location, or  have remodeled/ expanded an existing business. Please let us know if you are interested in scheduling a ribbon cutting by contacting Sandra Garcia at (817) 625-5411 or
A Special Thanks to Our Corporate Members