WINNING with Commerce in Community
On behalf of Mayor Mueller, the Sierra Vista City Council, State of Sonora's Secretariat of Economy, the Consulate of Mexico in Douglas, the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and all our Community Partners, our own Sierra Vista Hispanic Chamber International Director Dan Valle welcomes thousands of attendees on Saturday April 6th & 7th to SonoraFest!! [read more below]

Greetings from our
nation's capital!

[ pictured from left - Luis Vazquez, President Long Island Hispanic Chamber; Lydia Aranda, CEO of THCC; Fmr HUD Secretary Joaquin Castro ]

The cherry blossoms are in full bloom and so is the energy around maintaining support and providing resources to our entrepreneurs across Southern Arizona & Northern Sonora.

Having just closed Women's History Month, this is a timely experience, as the THCC continues to build our new WINN ! Women's IntraNation Network for women leaders and business owners all around the southern border region. We've been pleased to receive high interest and praise from fellow chamber and corporate executives and community organizations across the country who are signing up as new supporting partners.

This time is being spent united with fellow chamber and corporate leaders here at the USHCC Legislative Summit, to lobby for a strong USMCA, and for a Hispanic woman to be the new head of the SBA. Ramiro Cavazos, new CEO of the USHCC, opened up the national Hispanic Chamber Presidents Roundtable as China Vice Premier landed just a stone's throw away to hopefully finalize the US-China relationship. This is important as USMCA hangs in the balance, and Southern Arizona commerce awaits a permanent conclusion to a variety of storms, including but not limited to the US-Mexico border.

I remain optimistic within reason, as do my fellow leaders and longstanding peers joining voices here in this effort. Particularly encouraging are the many new friends stepping up in the finance, and capital access arenas, all poised to serve and support our members, especially our Latinas, of the southwest.

This coincides well with our 3rd annual SonoraFest this weekend; our HeadOverHeels women's business conference set for June 6th; and we will be announcing our 30th Anniversary Noche de Exitos gala and Tri-Lateral Export Expo.

Stay tuned for our exciting line up of conference keynote headliners and nominees for 30th Anniversary Man & Woman of the Year!

Lydia Aranda, CEO
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Special thanks...Excellency Martha Bárcena, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States (Embajada de México en Estados Unidos)..."high economic value in having a trade partnership where $1 million dollars trade transactions are done per minute...

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Rafael Martinez USHCC Legislative Summit 2019
[pictured above: MBE Capital Partners CEO, Rafael Martinez, announcing new Hispanic Business Enterprise Acceleration Program, coming soon to Southern Arizona! ]
Juan Francisco "JP" Padres
After six years with City of Tucson in economic development and international trade, JP will now lead public affairs for TuSimple, the Unicorn autonomous trucking company. Thanks for your support and partnership, JP, and we wish you the best!
Google & THCC
The Tucson Hispanic Chamber has been named a new 2019  Grow With Google  partner
to help expand the mission to "help create economic opportunity for everyone." 
Stay tuned for details on upcoming co-presented small biz workshops across our region
CEO's Corner
YEA! Young Entrepreneurs Academy - Tucson
YEA! Investor Panel & Student Biz Pitch presentations
Our Young Entrepreneurs Academy program continues to bring out the best and brightest of our community's young business minds and up-and-coming leaders. This 2018-19 cohort, led by the dynamic duo of Program Director Isabel Georgelos and Undergrad Associate Sofia Davis , was a great success!

All YEA-ers made their Biz Pitch presentations to a stunning panel of Investors, made up of academic and private sector leaders, as well as many of our own THCC members and ambassadors. So impressed were the investors, they deliberated beyond the scheduled time, and unanimously elected to give ALL student received various levels of funding for their innovative and impressive business concepts. From sports and entertainment to health and beauty, and many social and humanitarian causes, these well-conceived lines of business are set to serve a diverse consumer base and community needs.

The Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony was an equally exciting and inspiring event, with parents, mentors, friends and peers cheering all around.

Thank You to all our partners and sponsors - Univision , University of Arizona Eller College of Management , REA Media Group , Tucson Unified School District , San Miguel High School , Hillman Jewelers II , Southern Arizona Video Productions , Rosa Adams , Kathy Flores Bell , among so many others!
YEA! Class of 2019 - Graduation Ceremony
Come Join Us at SVHCC's 3rd Annual SonoraFest!
Some of our recent gatherings... CHECK US OUT!
"Spring"ing into Business
evening networking meet-up @ El Charro Cafe North
DHCC La Perilla Business & Education Mixer
THCC On-the-Road Café
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Happening Throughout Our Community...
APRIL 2019

SonoraFest 2019
2200 El Mercado Loop 85635

Women's Center of Excellence
Spring sessions are filling up!

Health Committee, Education Committee, Nonprofit Committee
meetings... come learn more!

Women & Wellness
wine reception and preview of
2019 HeadOverHeels
April 23rd, 5:30p-7p at REVEL

50 Years of "La Causa"
CPLC Anniversary Awards & Community Concert Celebration
Saturday April 27th, Phoenix AZ
for more details:
MAY 2019


A Tribute to New Recruits
May 2nd, 5:30pm
Pima Community College West Campus

2019 Head Over Heels
Women's Business Conferen ce
Thursday June 6th
Desert Diamond Casino & Conference Center
Old Nogales Hwy, Tucson AZ

a program by
WINN! Women's IntraNation Network
(an ongoing learning series dedicated to Women in the business of Wellness: healthcare, sports, education
Series launch June 6, 2019)

Spring is here and that means baseball!

Just in time for our 30th birthday THCC & Affiliate members can buy commemorative hats for a $30 donation to THCC Foundation!


Lydia Aranda Heads Hispanic Chamber 

21 Mar 2019

By April Bourie
A Third-Generation Community Leader Lydia Aranda begins her leadership as CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce by focusing on “not only putting commerce into our communities, but ensuring that community is in our commerce,” she said. Her outlook on life was influenced by her parents, who were teachers and community advocates. She grew up in Tucson and Phoenix. Her extended family lived in Nogales and other areas of Southern Arizona – so her love for this region runs deep. She graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in intercultural communication and more recently completed a master’s degree at Claremont Lincoln University. She’s long been an advocate of small businesses, community involvement and a variety of ethnicities. 

Earlier in her career, Aranda served as the small business advocate for Gov. Janet Napolitano and co-chair of Gov. Jan Brewer’s Latino Council. She was VP and regional director of diverse segments at Wells Fargo. “This position was not limited to what the bank was doing, but allowed me to engage with the community to match traditional banking strategies with community needs,” Aranda said. “I focused on both urban and rural areas, which included outlying communities, border areas and a variety of other geographic regions that had very different needs.”  These needs were often affected by the cultural and agricultural influences in the region. Her position allowed her to determine how to best match Wells Fargo’s resources with the community to promote development in the area. “We weren’t looking to just write checks. We were looking to co-invest in the community and to be enablers of the community, its programs, businesses and residents to provide more sustainability. It required me to consider cultures, ethnicities and businesses as well as the variety of ages of the residents – from youth to retirees. It was a full way of looking at community development.”

Her diverse career has prepared her to lead the THCC. “It gave me a good feel for what it means to be an entrepreneur and what entrepreneurs can offer the world. It’s true that small businesses are the engine that runs economies, but there are so many other aspects that small businesses offer communities to help their development, including influencing the culture of the community,” Aranda said. 
“Small business owners have more flexibility in solving problems, and that is very valuable when they use this agility as leaders among other businesses and elected officials to invest in their communities and solve community issues. We get a much more whole look at the issue and the community instead of just minds coming together.”   Her own leadership style is influenced by two of her favorite books on leadership. “The Leadership Challenge” by Barry Z. Kouzes and James M. Posner focuses on enabling others to act and encouraging the heart. “Connection Culture” by Michael Lee Stallard points out the importance of the human connection affecting more than the bottom line and emphasizes that organizational and team success should be based on this key concept. 

“In this particular time of transition and change in the chamber’s lifespan, we are all being asked to do more with less – working smarter, not harder – and coming together around many new and unfamiliar experiences,” Aranda said. “I engage with building shared identity and empathy – and to me this is applicable not only to lead a team, but to our community as a whole. We are all interested in safer and healthier communities, a sustainable economy and success in our livelihoods. We can accomplish this through collaborative change – which requires us to connect, not separate from each other.” As she leads the THCC into the future, she is focused on the sustainability of Southern Arizona resources, as well as its future. To that end, Aranda has created several new committees, including Entrepreneurship in Charter Schools, Best Futures Forward and the Clean Water and Energy Committee. 

“In my new role as CEO, one of the main areas of focus I would like everyone to consider, when going about their daily ebbs and flows of commerce, is what on our journey are we giving to our families and communities as a gift that will surpass ourselves and even our generation.  Each day we set ripples in motion in all directions, and we also receive back from the currents of others’ actions,” she said. ​
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