EMPRESARIO - DECEMBER 2018
President's Corner:  Happy Holidays!
John Hernandez

I can't believe it's year end! Another great year has blown by. For your Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce team, the end of the year means planning for an exciting new year. We've finalized our 2019 calendar, reviewed budgets and welcomed 6 new Board of Directors. This year was a banner year but it could not have been possible without our FWHCC family. Thank you to our valued members, partners, Board of Directors and, last but certainly not least, our great FWHCC team! 

With business aside, we are now ready to to enjoy the holiday season with family and friends. From our family to yours, have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
CHAMBER EVENTS

The 36th Annual Fiesta Night at the Rodeo event committee is excited about the upcoming rodeo! This team will be working hard on this signature event over the next few weeks. Sponsorships and tickets are now available. Fiesta Night at the Rodeo will be held on Friday, January 25, 2019 at the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. This signature event features a dinner, auction and raffle, rodeo and dance with live music from Latin Express.

HIGHER EDUCATION
Graduation Rates for Hispanic Students Climb

The graduation rate for Hispanic students has climbed steadily even as their enrollment has more than doubled, according to recent data. Latinas are even outpacing white men across the state in earning college degrees.

Education advocates say that despite gains, more needs to be done to help Latino and black students. That means colleges and universities must pivot into more deliberate efforts to address disparities in higher education that remain for students of color.  Read More

MEMBERS
Ambassador of the Year: Noé Neaves

Noé Neaves is Chief Operating Officer at Watermark Power Solutions, an energy brokerage/consulting firm that was established to give residential and commercial customers in energy de-regulated states, access to a variety of providers with electric and natural gas options that cater to their specific needs. 

Noé was recently recognized as FWHCC Ambassador of the Year.  The FWHCC Ambassadors are a highly visible, prestigious group of volunteers who serve as the Chamber's primary liaison to new Chamber members and the community and play an essential role in member recruitment, communication, and retention.

Congratulations  Noé! Thank you for your dedication and commitment to serving as an ambassador for the FWHCC.
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
2018 Minority Leaders in Business
The Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce congratulates all of our members and community partners that were recognized as 2018 Minority Leaders in Business honorees by the  Fort Worth Business Press. Read More


JINGLE & MINGLE HOLIDAY PARTY
At our Jingle & Mingle holiday party, FWHCC welcomed our incoming 2019 Board Members and recognized board members and ambassadors for their service this year. Thank you to everyone who attended and donated toys for Cook's Childrens Hospital.

COMMUNITY EVENTS


City of Fort Worth
Vendor Informational Forum for M/WBEs
January 10th
Fort Worth Business Assistance Center

The City of Fort Worth's Informational Forums targets minority and women contractors. These forums will serve two purposes: 1) to ensure that firms are aware of opportunities to bid on City projects and 2) to identify gaps in experience, training, and capabilities that we can attempt to address early on.  Learn More

Fort Worth Young Professionals Business Development Mixer
January 17th
WeWork @ Clearfork

Network with other Fort Worth young professionals, from some of the city's foremost groups.  Enjoy beer, wine and kombucha on tap from event hosts, WeWork Fort Worth.  Sample a taste of Clearfork, enjoy some tasty food provided by B&B Butchers.  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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