JANUARY 2018
EMPRESARIO
Presented by:

A MOMENT WITH THE PRESIDENT
John Hernandez
BACK TO BASICS 

New budgets, new goals and new timelines always come with the New Year.  In my twenty plus years in business, it seems to be the norm. I usually witness large waves of new products, services, programs and initiatives. However, I've also witnessed some of the best managers dig in and get back to basics. There is something to be said about focusing and perfecting your core! 

Like in life, you sometimes have to perfect one step before moving onto the next. There are lessons to be learned and, in a lot of cases, those lessons are needed before moving forward. Though not as poetic as Nietzsche's "one cannot fly into flying" but you can see that it has been an age-old process. 

At the Chamber, there have been numerous changes since I took office in July of 2015. From our re-branding efforts and marketing upgrades, to the expansion of our programs and events. We have also made the appropriate investments needed to our database, infrastructure and added policies and procedures. All were very much needed and all have greatly enhanced our visibility and effectiveness. But as I mentioned before, it's time to perfect our core. We have to use all of these improvements and perfect how we assist our members and our community.

So without further ado, here are our 2018 objectives: 
ROI for Members
Building Capacity
Community Development 

Happy New Year!
35th Annual Fiesta Night at the Rodeo
We look forward to seeing you at the 35th Annual Fiesta Night at the Rodeo on Friday, January 19th.
Seminario Para Negocios Hispanos
January 18th
11:30AM-1PM
La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth
Entrada #1- Las Ranitas 
4200 South Freeway
 Fort Worth, TX 76115

Los Basicos de Iniciar Su Empresa
February 9th
9AM-11AM
Tarrant SBDC
1150 South Fwy # 229 
Fort Worth, TX 76104
 45th Annual American Salute Gala
April 13th
5:30PM-11:30PM
The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel
200 Main Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

MEMBERS Members
Welcome to Our New Members

Spotlights
MEMBER: UNT System
The University of North Texas System includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth and the University of North Texas at Dallas. The UNT System Administration is based in Downtown Dallas. The three independent universities of the UNT System have combined enrollment of just over 42,000 students across five major teaching locations, including each main campus, as well as Frisco and Downtown Dallas. The UNT System has a $1.2 billion annual consolidated budget, employs roughly 10,000 people at its various locations within the robust North Texas Region and boosts the Texas economy by nearly $5.2 billion each year. The UNT System is committed to the State of Texas Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program and has a dedicated staff supporting minority, woman and veteran-owned businesses. Learn More
AMBASSADOR: Christina Wells
When my company, American National Bank of Texas made their presence in Tarrant County years ago, we maintained the company's long-standing emphasis on getting involved in the community we serve. ANBTX has been a member of the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for years. When I joined the bank in August of 2016, part of my job duties as the Banking Center Manager included business development. I started attending chamber events, and after my first business after-hours event, I immediately wanted to be an Ambassador for the organization. I made so many lasting business contacts that have been so instrumental in building my business. I became an Ambassador and have enjoyed serving the community through the chamber over the last year. The FWHCC offers so many opportunities to meet new people from every business industry through events like Coffee with the Chamber, after-hours networking events, and much more. The events are always fun and laidback, and everyone is always welcome...member or not. I have have expanded my business contacts through chamber events and also made many new friends. I am a firm believer that people want to do business with people they like. Every chamber function I attend I personally add to my network of people I want to do business with. I encourage everyone to attend a chamber event so you can add to your network, too. If you are an entrepreneur looking to get involved with the community and want to grow your business, becoming a member of the FWHCC is a wonderful place to start. Check out the FWHCC Calendar of Events and join us soon! Connect with Christina
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Economic
Higher Education: Transformative Leaders
The recent article, A Checklist for Transformative Leaders, featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education discussed the need for and value added by transformative leadership. The commentary offered insight on how universities can better prepare the leaders of tomorrow. 

"Transformative leadership has the power to mold colleges and universities into 21st-century institutions. For that to happen, higher-education leaders should consider a number of key principles."  Read More
COMMUNITY EVENTS CommunityEvents

Shark Tank Casting Call at the Small Business Expo Dallas
January 24
9AM - 5PM

Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Hall A
650 S Griffin St
Dallas, TX 75202

Estimating 101 Workshop  with 
Dan Lombardo
January 25
8AM - 12PM

The Business Assistance Center (The BAC)
1150 South Freeway
Fort Worth, TX 76104

Cuidado Casero Foundation 
Leadership Conference
January 27
7:30AM - 3PM

Tarrant County College
Trinity River Campus
300 Trinity Campus Circle
Fort Worth, TX 76102

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS Highlights
Holiday Giving & All Western Parade












Pictured left: The Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce helped kickoff the  Fort Worth  Stock Show & Rodeo by participating in the  All Western  Parade. Find more photos on Facebook.
Pictured right: Thanks to a partnership between kind individuals and socially responsible organizations, we were able to provide gifts to children who had to  spend Christmas in the hospital. We were also able to provide tamales for their parents and caretakers. Thank you to  Carlos Frias with  BNSF Railway, Erica Fisher with  Cook Children's and  Manuel Torres with  Pulido's Mexican Restaurants for driving this important effort.
RIBBON CUTTINGS ARE COMPLIMENTARY FOR OUR MEMBERS!

Gain exposure for you and your company. 
  • Are you a new member?
  • Have you recently moved to a new location?
  • Remodeled or expanded an existing business?

Schedule your ribbon cutting by contacting Sandra Garcia at (817) 625-5411 or sandra.garcia@fwhcc.org

Thank You to Our Corporate Members