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President's Message
Greetings to All!

What an amazing couple of months we’ve had thus far! Our membership continues to increase and every month, we continue to bring new topics of interest to you, our members.

Last month, FCHCC hosted its Professional Networking Event at iHeart Media . Special Thank you to Jorge Lopez, General Sales Manager who is also one of our Strategic Partners, who spoke to us about the growth of Hispanics in Northeast Florida.

Did you know that Hispanics represent 1 in 10 in the Jacksonville Metro Area? Saint Johns county also has the largest Hispanic growth rate this decade. Very impressive! For additional details on these metrics presented, log into the FCHCC Members Only site and view the presentation provided by iHeart Media.

FCHCC was invited to participate in the Atlanta Regional 2020 Census Hispanic/Latino Partner Summit. As the Census is right around the corner, it is extremely important that our Hispanic/Latino community, a fast-growing minority, is aware and prepared to complete the forms to be counted. Taking part of the census is YOUR civic duty, it will impact the help and funding our community gets for schools, hospitals and other vital programs. For more information, click here .  

Next come join us on April 30th as JP Morgan Chase will be hosting a FREE seminar to provide helpful insight to help you as a business owner how to strengthen your business and Access Capital.  Also, on May 2nd, FCHCC will be partnering with Northwestern Mutual to discuss: “What Keeps you up at Night?” A Risk Management Seminar for Business Owners. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity and chance to learn and obtain a continuing education credit PLUS network with other like-minded business owners! It's a great opportunity you won't want to miss out on! You can register to these events later in this newsletter issue!
Lastly, I’d like to remind you about our 2019 Excellence in Business Awards. FCHCC is proud to recognize our Hispanic business owners and leaders for all their work, dedication and commitment. This year, FCHCC host and celebrate those business owners and leaders who continue to go above and beyond to succeed at what they do. Deadline to send in your nominations is July 15th. For additional details, check out our website! We want to have the opportunity to recognize YOU for all your hard work. Prizes will be awarded to nine (9) different winners… don’t let this opportunity pass you by!
Did you know that our website is also in Spanish? Click on the upper right-hand corner of our website and change the language to Spanish.

It is always a pleasure to continue to get to know so many great business owners and individuals in our community. For any additional questions or comments, feel free to email me at Please also help me by completing our survey below. 

Monica Hernandez, MBA
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March Networking Event Photos
Thank you to everyone who came out and joined us at Rumba 106.9 and thanks to Jorge Lopez, our Keynote Speaker!

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Thank you New and Renewing Members
We could not achieve our mission without our members. THANK YOU very much for your partnership!

Members that joined or renewed
in March:

Small Business 1
C. Vargas and Associates
Prudential Advisors

Individual Members
Esteban (Ed) Davila
FREE April Business Seminar at Chase
FCHCC is partnering with Chase for Business for this FREE Semijnar: "Access to Capital for Business Owners" April 30th! To register, send an email to Jeyssa Fernandez by clicking here.
2019 Achieving the Dream Scholarship
Thank you to all our applicants and everyone helping us to promote this vital program. We will celebrate the winners at our annual Hispanic Heritage Gala and ATD Awards ceremony in the Fall (see below).
2019 Hispanic Heritage & Achieving the Dream Scholarship Awards Gala

Friday, October 11, 2019

Guest Speaker:  
Ramiro Cavazos , President/CEO
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

We will be awarding 10 scholarships to our deserving Hispanic students this year.  This is an event you will not want to miss!   We are currently working out the final details and will announce the venue in our April newsletter!
Meet Up with the First Coast Multilingual Toastmasters Club
If English is your second language and you want to improve your speaking skills, come check us out and see if Toastmasters can help you improve your communication and leadership skills.

The club meets on the  2nd and  4th Tuesday  at  7 PM (please arrive by 6:45 PM)   at the Southeast Branch Library  near Town Center.  Guests are welcomed!

The next meeting date is April 22nd. Come learn more about the club!

Contact Club President, Maribel Hernandez, for more information at: or visit their website at: .
Member Spotlight
For April, we're Spotlighting Tomas Jimenez, Jr. of Jimenez Law Firm AND TM Latin America by PR Latin America
Tomas A. Jimenez, Jr.  is the founder of Jimenez Law Firm . Located in San Marco Jimenez Law Firm, P.A. focuses on Commercial and Residential Real Estate Law, Property Insurance Claim Litigation, Business Law, and Auto Accidents Litigation. Mr. Jimenez has earned a reputation of excellence and professionalism in his practice and provides personal attention to all of his clients.

Mr. Jimenez regularly advises clients of the rights and responsibilities relating to contract and business matters, performs commercial and residential real estate closings, litigates landlord tenant matters, forms business entities, litigates insurance claims on behalf of property owners, and fights for the rights of injured victims of automobile accidents.

Mr. Jimenez graduated from Florida State University with Bachelor of Science Degrees in Real Estate and Business Management as well as a Minor in Hispanic Marketing. Upon graduation from undergraduate school he worked in real estate both as a real estate broker and developer in the Jacksonville area. Mr. Jimenez attended law school at Florida A&M University in Orlando, FL and graduated one semester early due to his hard work and dedication to the study of law. While in law school, Mr. Jimenez worked as a legal intern for the Office of the Attorney General of Florida. He scored very highly on the Florida Bar and passed as a first-time taker in February of 2014.

Mr. Jimenez donates his time to community service projects that impact the Hispanic community and Jacksonville at large. He serves on the Mayor’s Hispanic American Advisory Board, The Jacksonville Urban League Board and is a member of the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville. He enjoys mentoring youth by coaching t-ball and basketball. In 2018 Mr. Jimenez, through Jimenez Law Firm, organized two well attended and successful Candidate Forums for federal, state and local candidates running in the 2018 election cycle. These Candidate Forums were organized to bring awareness to the Hispanic community of Northeast Florida and gained the attention of the local media as well as the community at large.

Mr. Tomas A. Jimenez, Jr. remains a great resource and community trustee.

Mr. Jimenez is available to assist you with your legal needs in many instances at no cost to you. Contact his office 24 hours a day 7 days a week to schedule your consultation by calling (904) 559-5600, send an email to:  or visit .
TM LATIN AMERICA by PR Latin America, Inc. is an international tourism marketing company. After 20 years in senior tourism sales and marketing position,  Victor Manjarres  founded PR Latin America, Inc., to offer tourism entities from National, County to local tourism agencies, as well as attractions, hotels, rental cars and other businesses the opportunity to develop international markets with an integral approach, away from the traditional focus on travel agencies and embracing the consumers as well as distribution channels achieving high return on investment for our clients and low investments.

Today we are the promotional arm for The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Visit Central Florida, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex through Delaware North, ICON Orlando, in addition to hotels and resorts in Jamaica, Mexico and Australia.
Victor Manjarres, President of TM Latin America, conducts business in English, Spanish and Portuguese with the local knowledge of the markets and cultures as well as the business global perspectives.

If your organization is in tourism and wants to get its market-share of the millions of international tourists coming from Latin America and Canada, contact us, we will be more than happy to develop an effective and cost-efficient plan to achieve your goals in these markets.

Our experience is not limited to The Americas, we have also experience in Europe and the middle-east. Our contact information: Tel (305) 503-6190 or send an email to: .
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Jacksonville, FL 32241
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