January 3, 2017

FUTURE. JUNTOS! (together)

On  behalf of our NAHCC board and members, I would like to welcome you to a new membership year. We are happy to have you as a member, partner and friend. With your ongoing support we can advance our mission to serve members, foster entrepreneurship, and ultimately make a better city for all to enjoy. 

Every year we send you a  NAHCC member survey  which helps us implement and fine tune our agenda for the year. We encourage members to participate in selected activities and programs you get to know about first as a valued member, via our newsletters, the result of our many partnerships in the community.  Learn More

It is in our mission at the NAHCC to serve as a bridge. As you will see in this newsletter, we embrace meaningful connections. Please join us!
Yuri Cunza 
President & CEO
615-216-5737  @yuricunza

January to December 2017

It is a great honor to have you as a member, and with new initiatives we have planned for this year it is important to keep your membership current to continue enjoying your member benefits.
We are proud to announce a new quarterly program with the launch of our Hispanic Entrepreneur Leader Roundtable Series which will kick off as part of our 18th Annual Membership Meeting in March.
In addition, your annual membership investment gives you:
  • FREE access to year-round member services (in English and Spanish)
  1. Opportunity to co-host NAHCC Special Events
  2. Complimentary admission to NAHCC's Annual Membership Meeting
  3. Complimentary registration to our Annual Business Awards Gala
  4. Free business educational training, expert/mentor briefings and financial literacy
  5. Exclusive participation in Corporate Sponsor/Partner programs
  6. B2B discounts, increased visibility and brand awareness
  7. Features in NAHCC ads, newsletter, press releases, social media and partner publications
  8. Complimentary job listings/access to our online bilingual Job Bank
  9. Support with Affinity/Employee Resource Groups, i.e Diversify Nashville, Latinas In Action
  10. Access to great connections, board/committee membership opportunities and more!
  • Are you a Small Business? (1-10 employees)       Click HERE to process your renewal
  • Are you a Mid-Size Business? (10-49 employees)  Click HERE to process your renewal
  • Are you a Large Size Employer? (50+ employees)  Click HERE to process your renewal
Questions about your membership? Please call Loraine Segovia-Paz, Membership Committee Chair at 615-216-5737 or email us membership@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

NAHCC board members (left to right): George Uribe, Guestbooker.com, Joyce Searcy, Belmont University, Matt Burnstein, Waller, Nada Latto, BMI, Ramon Arellano, San Jose Fiesta, Luis Parodi - Chairman, Fifth Third Bank, Shawnta Lang-Idoko- Treasurer/Secretary, Mario Ramos - 2nd Vice Chair, Law Office of Mario Ramos, Loraine Segovia-Paz, Casa Segovia-Paz - Vice Chair Foods, Paul VanCotthem, Poleo Publishing, Rolan Yarbrough, FedEx
January 21 - 8 am to 1 pm

The  N ashville A rea Hispanic Chamber of Commerce  board of directors will hold its 2017 Strategic Planning retreat on Saturday, January 21. The NAHCC leadership will work again with a Center for Non Profit Management facilitator to conduct its half day session. 

Representing the diverse NAHCC membership, each board members serves in a voluntary capacity for a two-year term.

Exciting news regarding chamber programs and events are set to be announced during our annual membership meeting in March. Learn about each of our NAHCC board leaders  HERE .

January 26 - 8:30 am to 3 pm Music City Center

Join us for an interactive forum connecting small, diverse-owned businesses to major Middle Tennessee employers in key industries (construction, manufacturing and distribution) with a commitment to supplier diversity. Learn from successful minority-owned business leaders, engage with decision makers from major companies and build your network of buyers and other suppliers.

Presented by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Music City Center and Fifth Third Bank

Cost: $25 [includes lunch, parking and networking reception.]

Click HERE to register 

First session begins February 4th

NAHCC's  NEGOCIOS: Biz 101 - a seven week program, in partnership with  SCORE, tailored to the needs of Hispanic businesses in the community continues in 2017 with a new class of f ifteen entrepreneurs selected to participate in seven (7)  NEGOCIOS sessions  offered Saturdays from 9am to 12 pm. All  SCORE  three (3) hour-long, once a week workshops will be presented twice before the graduation date and will include:
  • How to Write a Business Plan
  • Business Modeling
  • Financial Projections
  • Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
NEXT CLASS: Grow your Business / Saturday, February 4 - 9:00 a.m. to Noon

March 29 - 7:30 am to 9 am

Sharing Success Stories - Bringing Diverse Entrepreneurs Together.

Hosted four times a year, NAHCC's Hispanic Business Leaders Breakfast Series will showcase an outstanding line up of Hispanic entrepreneurs who have made Nashville and Middle Tennessee their place of business, positively impacting the lives of local residents, through services, employment and economic development opportunities.

This special quarterly NAHCC series, lets you gain behind the scenes perspectives on timely topics; hear accomplished speakers and be a participant of relevant panel and round table discussions; network with local top business leaders and learn from those inspiring success stories that make Nashville the best place to live, work and visit.

Hear directly from courageous and determined Hispanic entrepreneurs who are leading innovation and inspiring change.  Dates: March 29 / June 28 / September 27

Tennessee Thrives launches with nearly 200 business supporters

The  Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC) is very proud to announce its joining nearly 200 Tennessee businesses and organizations launching  Tennessee Thrives, a coalition dedicated to promoting an attractive, prosperous and economically vibrant Tennessee. 
Supported entirely by Tennessee businesses of all sizes and types, Tennessee Thrives was established to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining an open and inclusive Tennessee. 
In recent years, Tennessee has experienced tremendous growth and investment:
  • Tourism is skyrocketing, and brought in $18 billion in revenue in 2014 - up 6 percent from 2013.
  • Tennessee leads the nation in private-sector job growth, with more than 2.5 million private-sector jobs across the state.
  • More than 300 international companies representing 27 countries have chosen to locate operations in Tennessee, creating a total of 49,000 jobs for Tennesseans.
Business and community leaders across the state want to ensure the right policies remain in place to encourage continued success. Tennessee Thrives brings together businesses and organizations in support of a united and prosperous Tennessee. 

The  NAHCC and its  leadership continues to advocate for business with active support from individuals and corporations committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and the fair treatment of all. Since our formation in 2000, the NAHCC has  actively promoted the economic growth and development of our small businesses and entrepreneurs.

"We believe that when our state is welcoming to all people - regardless of race, sex, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity - our businesses and our communities win. Our Hispanic community as an example, is highly entrepreneurial starting new businesses at almost twice the rate of native-born citizens. In addition, immigrant-owned companies employ 1 in 10 American workers, with 1 in 5 new, American small businesses being started by an immigrant thus  contributing over $775 billion to the U.S. economy" said Yuri Cunza, NAHCC president and CEO. 

A full list of coalition supporters is available  HERE. If your company is interested in signing the Tennessee Thrives pledge, click  HERE

Leading businesses, non-profit and government agencies care to build a bridge between communities.  Your membership investment is used to fund our programs, providing resources to entrepreneurs and businesses we service throughout the year. Your member dues not only gives you and your business access to our growing network, but will also help create opportunities. Our work is possible thanks to members like you!

Nashville Area 
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

"Established January 20 of 2000"