EMPRESARIO - AUGUST 2018
President's Corner:  WE'VE COME A LONG WAY
John Hernandez

I was 3 years old when the Mexican-American Chamber of Commerce (later changed to Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce) was founded with 30 members. Back then in 1973, the official population of Fort Worth was approximately 394,000. Dick Salinas was our first President and most of our meetings were held at Jimenez Restaurant in the Northside with our files, minutes and notes stored neatly in a milk crate.

We've come a long way in 45 years. I recently completed my third year as FWHCC President & CEO. We now have nearly 400 Chamber members, 22 board of directors, 5 full-time staff and a building in the heart of Northside. Our city's population, not surprisingly, has almost tripled to approximately 900,000.  According to the latest data, 35-40% of our city's current population is Hispanic but the most telling statistic is that 68% of the FWISD student body is of Hispanic decent. What does that mean for Fort Worth...as well as our business community and our city's culture?

To me, it means opportunity. More Hispanics are attending college, starting businesses and serving in the Fort Worth community. Overall, this will make Fort Worth better, more advanced, more diverse and a beautiful blend of many cultures.

Even after 45 years, some things remain the same:  The FWHCC serves the business interests of the Metroplex community and strives to seek opportunity for its membership and achieve economic benefit for all.

Seeking opportunities? It is our objective to help you Start, Expand & Connect! Whether it's in education, business or community, we are your Chamber. #WeAreFW
CHAMBER EVENTS
2018 Five Pillar Lecture Series: Education
Thursday, September 6th | Fort Worth Club
Guest Speaker: Stuart D. Flynn, M.D., Dean of TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine
The Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's annual Five Pillar Lecture Series addresses each of the areas that we believe are the cornerstones of a productive, thriving business environment: civic engagement, economic activity, a thriving education system, quality business development, and diversity in leadership. REGISTER NOW

Coffee with the Chamber
Friday, August 17th at 8AM
This morning networking event provides insight to local businesses. Chamber  members, community members and guests are invited to attend. Seize an opportunity to expand your network! This month's event is sponsored by  Jim Austin Online REGISTER NOW

Maximize Your Membership
Wednesday, August 29th at 5:30PM
Whether you're new to the Chamber or have been a member for many years, join us to network with other members, learn about the Chamber's initiatives, upcoming events and how to seize opportunities with your FWHCC membership.  REGISTER NOW
2nd Annual Clay Shoot
Friday, September 28th at 8AM |  Alpine Shooting Range
The Annual Clay Shoot attracts shooters from all industries by providing them a fun time out of the office and the opportunity to network and make connections while benefiting the Chamber's nonprofit initiatives.  REGISTER NOW
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Survey Hopes to Help Shape Fort Worth's Identity

FWHCC President John Hernandez was recently featured on NBC 5 discussing the resident survey that the city is using to gather data that could help shape the future of Fort Worth's identity.

"Fort Worth is so diverse that everybody has their own experiences. Everyone has their own story. That's kind of what the survey is about," Hernandez said.


MEMBERS
Member Spotlight: Cancer Care Services

For 72 years, Cancer Care Services has been continuously providing financial and emotional support services to cancer patients, caregivers and survivors in our community.   We serve individuals of all ages, cancer types and income levels.  Through free financial and emotional support programs provided to anyone affected by cancer in our service area, Cancer Care Services addresses financial, social and psychological barriers, enabling patients to access life-sustaining medical treatment, while helping cancer patients, survivors and caregivers decrease their levels of distress and anxiety resulting in an improved quality of life.
 
Cancer Care Services is expanding programs for the Hispanic population in Tarrant County. We have a multi-disciplinary bilingual staff team with representation in the areas of social work case management, volunteer outreach, and administrative support. Due to cancer being the leading cause of death among Hispanics, we are now able to address diverse cancer-related needs (including language barriers) and also collaborate with the local Hispanic community to further improve health outcomes. Learn More

Ambassador Spotlight: Rodney Mirabal

Rodney Mirabal is a local Texas USAF Veteran Business Latino Owner having his MBA with an International Business emphasis. He is the Executive Director of Business Development for the local family-owned McGee Law Firm that focuses in on real estate, title and elder law. Rodney is a very experienced strategy business developer with a demonstrated history of working in the consumer, real estate, legal and senior citizen industries. He is skilled in business relationship building, negotiation, cross-cultural issues, business planning, sales and team building. He is always helping others evolve, engage and be strong, focused and inspired within their personal, family and professional goals. He has the selfless passion to help others.
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
45TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION


The Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recently celebrated its 45th anniversary. Since our founding, the FWHCC has grown to hundreds of businesses and professional leaders.  Today, the FWHCC is a dynamic force, promoting international trade, education, opportunity and economic mobility for all and the continuous development of its members.  More Photos
COMMUNITY EVENTS


Job Links Job Provider
September 5th at 8:30AM
Job Links  connects the business community and organizations working with qualified job applicants. It also expands your talent acquisition network and helps make what may seem impossible. Learn More

Volunteers Needed
Various Dates & Times
Get involved with The Women's Center. Attend one of the upcoming volunteer sessions to learn about opportunities to serve. Learn More
CORPORATE MEMBERS

ACME Brick Company |  Andrews Distributing of Fort Worth | AT&T | Atmos Energy |  Balfour Beatty Construction  |  Bank of America  |  Baylor All Saints Medical Centers |  BBVA Compass  |  Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.  |  Ben E. Keith Beverages   |  BNSF Railway Company  |  BSA Global/Fort Worth Technologies  |  Capital One  |  City of Fort Worth  |  Coca-Cola Southwest Beverages  |  Colonial Savings   |  Comerica Bank  |  Compact Power Equipment Rentals  |  DFW International Airport |  Empire Roofing  |  Fort Worth Star Telegram/Diario La Estrella  |  Frost Bank  General Electric  |  Hillwood Properties  |  JohnSons Press  |  Lockheed Martin  |  MedStar Mobile Healthcare  |  MillerCoors  |  Multatech Engineering, Inc.  |  Omni Fort Worth Hotel  |  ONCOR  |  PayChex, Inc.  |  Pinnacle Bank  |  Portfolio Recovery  |  Reliant Energy  |  Renaissance Worthington Hotel Fort Worth  |  Southside Bank  |  Southwest Bank  |  Tarrant County College District  |   TDIndustries, Inc.  |  Texas Health Harris Methodist Fort Worth  |   The Rios Group, Inc.   |  University of North Texas System  |  Vistra Energy  |  Wells Fargo  |  XTO Energy, Inc.

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