President's Corner:  ELECTION TIME
John Hernandez

As you can imagine, I meet with a lot of politicians. I meet with both parties, ranging from local to federal government reps. They are constantly asking about the Hispanic vote. 

On the flip side, when there are issues related to the Hispanic community, most but not all, conveniently go silent. When I approach them about support, the number one statement that they seem to share is, "I would love to but I need to follow my constituents orders and, quite frankly, your community doesn't vote."

We are in the middle of the election season and I would like to change that narrative. Everyone knows that the vote is a powerful thing but it starts with being a registered voter. Only then can we finally become the "client" and voice our opinions and concerns so that they are forced to earn our valuable vote. It's hard to persuade them once they take office.

This election cycle: Be prepared, be informed and be heard no matter what your political affiliation. 

Register now and be recognized! Also, keep up with and share community events related to the election in our FWHCC Community Facebook Group.
2nd Annual Clay Shoot
Friday, September 28th | Alpine Shooting Range
The  FWHCC  Annual Clay Shoot attracts shooters from all industries by providing them a fun time out of the office to network and make connections while benefiting the n on-profit initiatives of the Chamber. Sponsorships are available . REGISTER NOW

Business After Hours
Thursday, September 13th at 5:30PM
Join us for our next Business After Hours Mixer at Cancer Care Services. Join us after work for refreshments and networking. Bring your business cards for networking opportunities and door prizes.  REGISTER NOW

Seminario Para Negocios Hispanos
Thursday, September 20th at 11:30AM
The FWHCC and La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth present "Todo Es Posible" con Gaby Natale. Gaby es periodista ganadora de tres premios EMMY nacionales, empresaria, autora bestseller y conferencista radicada.  

Coffee with the Chamber
Friday, September 21st at 8AM
Judge Whitley's Office
100 E. Weatherford St, Ste 501
Fort Worth, TX 76196

J oin us for a morning networking event that provides insight to our local businesses. FWHCC members, community members and guests are invited to attend.  Seize an opportunity to expand your network!  Invite a colleague or friend. This month's event is hosted by Judge Whitley and sponsored by BNSF .


Fort Worth: Where Latino-Owned Businesses Fare Best In North Texas

For  Hispanics aiming to start a company in North Texas, Fort Worth is a great place to start. The recent report shows that Fort Worth is one of the best cities in the country for Hispanics to launch businesses. The study analyzed 182 cities, including some of the nation's most populated, using 23 metrics, including data such as the average growth of Hispanic business revenues, the Hispanic entrepreneurship rate, and the share of Hispanic-owned businesses already in the cities.  Read More

Member Spotlight: Magdalena Vallarino, Va-Por

Magdalena Vallarino was born in Bogota Colombia within a very philanthropic and altruistic family. Raised by her brother and sister after losing her father and mother at a young age, Magdalena attended high school and Universidad De La Salle in Bogota. She got married in 1981. In 1995, Magdalena and her family moved to Texas leaving behind family and a garment manufacturing company. Soon after, her husband became disabled and she took over all household responsibilities. In mid-2008, she became a US citizen thanks in part to Catholic Charities after a grueling process that included a period of separation from her family. Magdalena and her husband moved to Florida to be closer to her husband's family where she started Va-Por, a company focused on a range of household services. Since then, she has moved back to Texas and expanded her business from a team of 2 to 25 members. She is very mindful that her growth is not a lone effort but rather a collective determination of her team. Recently, she extended Va-Por to include remodeling servies (Va-Por Construction) and as of this July, Va-Por became MWBE certified. Her goal with this new venture is to continue to give well paid employment opportunities to more people and build affordable housing in Fort Worth. Magdalena was recently recognized at the Telemundo Hispanic Business Salute luncheon.

Telemundo Hispanic Business Salute

Congratulations to Magdalena Vallarino, CEO of Va-Por, for being recognized at the Telemundo Hispanic Business Salute! This annual event celebrates entrepreneurship and recognizes Latino business leaders who are making a difference in their communities.

The Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recently hosted the Five Pillar Lecture Series on Education. The guest speaker was Dr. Stuart Flynn, Dean of TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine
The 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.   More Photos

North Texas Giving Day
September 20th - All Day
North Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour online giving event designed to empower every person to give back to their community by supporting local nonprofits and causes they care about in one easy-to-use platform Donate Now

Tough Stars Give Back
September 29th at 9AM
Come support Gabriel Starling & Kirkpatrick Middle School! There will be food vendors and activities for kids onsite. Donations of basketballs, soccer balls, footballs are needed.  Learn More

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