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President's Message
Dear Chamber Members and Supporters:

Welcome to 2020! I hope you all had an opportunity to relax, spend time with your family and friends and set your goals for the year ahead. We are off to a great start thus far! FCHCC and our Chairwoman and Board of Directors invite you to continue to join us at our upcoming events and workshops. We have a full slate of events in 2020 catered to you our members and community. As we continue in this journey, please feel free to reach out and engage our board and I for suggestions and feedback. Growth means change and adapting as our city continues to evolve. The Hispanic Community continues to grow in Jacksonville and we’re beyond excited to see the success of our Hispanic-owned business and executives that represent us in Corporate America.
2020 is a huge year. We will have the Census and the Presidential elections ahead. Are you informed on what this means to you, your family and the community you live in? It is critical that we remain informed on the dates and why participating is so important.
What is the Census and why is it so important?
  • Census data will determine how more than $675 billion are spent, supporting your state, county and community’s vital programs
  • Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices and stores, which create jobs
  • Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy
  • The census counts every person living in the U.S. once
  • Every 10 years, the results of the census are used to reapportion the House of Representatives, determining how many seats each state gets.
It’s important to note that your responses are protected by Federal Law; they can only be used to produce Statistics. The Census cannot share your information with immigration enforcement agencies and law enforcement agencies. For more information, please visit our website or .
Moreover, we have the Presidential elections ahead. Regardless of your party affiliations, make sure you are registered to vote. It is our right and our duty to vote.
Election Day:
  • Presidential Preference Primary Election: March 17
  • Primary Election: August 18
  • General Election: November 3
Registration Deadline:
Eligible individuals can register to vote at any time. The deadline to register in order to participate in an upcoming election is 29 days before the election. The registration deadlines for 2020 are:
  • Presidential Preference Primary Election: February 18*
  • Primary Election: July 20
  • General Election: October 5
*Due to the federal holiday, the deadline moved from Monday, February 17th to Tuesday, February 18th. 
For additional information, please visit
Thank you for your continuous support and stay tuned as we will be publishing some exciting news in the next couple of weeks!
Recuerda que #UnidosSomosMas


Monica Hernandez, MBA
FCHCC President
Message from the Chair of the Board
Dear FCHCC Members and Friends:

When a New Year starts, many of us write resolutions or goals for the New Year. We reflect on what went well the previous year and what we would like to change moving forward. We set a plan to help us grow personally and professionally. What are your resolutions and goals for 2020? 
I would love if you would consider sharing your top 3 goals with me for 2020. Please feel free to email them to me at: . Sharing your goals with a friend, co-worker, manager or partner is a way of committing to them. It makes you accountable because you have shared them. 
Change is something that we will all encounter many times in our careers and I am sure many of you have already experienced some kind of change in 2020. My boss recently told me if I am not uncomfortable, I am not growing! Our goal by being part of the FCHCC is to grow our businesses. Growing our businesses isn’t always about increased sales. It is also increased knowledge that helps us be more educated in our business decisions. I would love to hear from you if there is an educational component you feel would benefit you greatly in 2020! 
Finally, we have big plans ahead as we enter in 2020. I personally would like to thank the Board of Directors and all of our members for an amazing 2019. I look forward to what this year holds for us.

Angela Merritt
FCHCC Chair of the Board
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FCHCC 2019 Holiday Party
Sponsored by Latin Creations at the
Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach
We could not achieve our mission without our members. THANK YOU very much for your partnership!

Members that joined or renewed in December 2019:

Small Business 1
ARICA Construction, LLC
EMED Multispecialty Group
Incer Global Services
North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (TPO)
TaxSmart Accounting Services
TM Latin America by PR Latin America

Non-Profit 1
Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach

Individual Members
Eugenio (Geno) Ramirez
Lucia Fernandez
Sergio Sanchez
Florida Blue is in need of many IT specialists to make enhancements and upgrades. This event will allow IT professionals to meet and mingle with some other IT leaders about opportunities at Florida Blue. For more information, contact Joshua Stewart at
Come join Unidos En La Música on January 25th at 1 pm for a 2 hour Salsa Workshop at  The Exchange Fitness  in St Augustine taught by Jeannette Fiallo and Roy Castro! Every ticket holder also gets 1 week free at The Exchange Fitness courtesy of  Anderson Realty, Northeast Florida Real Estate. Click here to purchase tickets for $20 per person!
Upcoming Meeting: February 11th
About the First Coast Multicultural Toastmasters Club:
The First Coast Multilingual Toastmasters Club provides a 
friendly, fun and supportive environment where members 
that speak English as their first or second language have an
opportunity to grow as speakers and leaders.

The club meets on the  2nd and  4th Tuesday  at  7 PM (please arrive at 6:45 PM)   at the Southeast Branch Library  near Town Center. Guests are welcomed! For more information, email:
The McDonald’s HACER® National Scholarship application period is set to close on February 5, 2020 and, with 30 potential winners, more Hispanic high school seniors than ever have the opportunity to reach their higher education goals. McDonald’s wants to share the availability of the scholarship and encourage students to apply. For more information, visit their website here .
Ford Motor Company’s X-Plan Partner Recognition program allows for special non-negotiated discounted rates for select companies and organizations as approved by Ford Motor Company. The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce this partnership as Ford’s newest X-Plan Partner. In addition to this special non-negotiated discounted rate, USHCC members can take advantage of Ford’s 2019 X-Plan Partner PLUS additional bonus cash on select vehicles.

To take advantage of this special offer, USHCC Local Chamber Members and Hispanic Business Enterprises need to present their Ford dealership with a special individually generated X-plan PIN and their USHCC Member’s paid Invoice.

USHCC Members – Follow the directions below to generate your X-Plan PIN! 

  • Visit 
  • In the Partner Code field type in “USHCC”
  • Click “Shop Ford”
  • Click “Generate My Pin”
  • Input the required information and follow directions on the screen to generate your PIN
  • Present your PIN and your USHCC Paid Membership Invoice to your Ford dealership

Additional Information
X-Plan Partner Recognition Program eligible members may purchase up to two (2) vehicles per year under the Program. Please see your Ford dealerships for eligible vehicles. 
Check out the available events happening at Florida Blue's center!
Do you shop on Amazon? You can choose to support FCHCC as you shop! Donations made through your purchases will go to benefit our Achieving the Dream Scholarship Program.
Bilingual Customer Service Rep - Part Time (English / Spanish) 2020 Census Needed

The Part Time Bilingual Census Survey Specialist (Customer Service Representative / CSR) working on the CQA (Census Questionnaire Assistance) program will assist the public by researching and responding to frequently asked questions regarding the completion of the 2020 US Census forms. To prepare you for this role, MAXIMUS provides paid, comprehensive training which ensures our customer service representatives care for each caller with the highest levels of knowledge and professionalism. For more information and to apply, click here .
Our Job board is the perfect place to come to see new jobs or submit a job posting! Click here to learn more!
NEW Jobs at ADT, Inc.
Check out all the current positions at ADT, Inc.! Browse listings!
Looking for upcoming workshops, webinars or events? Check our calendar!
Renew your Membership

Renew your membership easily on our website, click here . To join FCHCC, click here . We also accept checks and/or money orders. Make checks payable to:

First Coast Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 57972
Jacksonville, FL 32241
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FCHCC Partners
FCHCC recognizes the leadership and support of these leading organizations!
Monica Hernandez
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