Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce  / July   2015 Newsletter UPDATE
In This Issue
New & Renewing Members (with links)
Our Corporate Members

Membership Benefits
  • Networking
  • Business Development
  • Supplier Diversity
  • Procurement 'How To' Opportunities
  • Marketing / Business Promotion - B2B
  • Resource/Facilitator
  • Product & Service Discounts
  • Business After Hours, Young Professionals/ Affinity Groups
  • Professional Advancement and Training Programs 
Call us! 615.216.5737

Federal agencies spend roughly $100 billion with small businesses on an annual basis. It was realized that the federal government contract awards to Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSBs) were limited and a subsequent study listed industries in which women were underrepresented and substantially underrepresented in the award of federal contracts. If you are a woman owned small business and fall in one of the designated industries, you can position your company to bid on federal government set asides for WOSBs and economically disadvantaged woman-owned small businesses. Click Where is the Money Workshop for more. To register, call Ms. Jennie DeCook at 423/478-6247.
Committee Participation 

The NAHCC Member 
engagement committee
invites you to join.

Please email us with your 
choice of committee
in the subject line or call 
us 615-216-5737
  • Economic Development 
  • Education/Community Development
  • Government Relations
  • Programs & Special Events
  • Member Relations
  • Fundraising
Your NAHCC  annual membership dues

Your member dues are very important to help us fulfill our mission. If you have any questions about how to become a member, how to renew or our membership services, please   email us   or call our office 615-216-5737

Small businesses with up to ten (10)employees click  HERE


Strategic Partnerships

NAHCC partners with Belmont University Executive Education. Click  HERE


NAHCC partnership with Nashville Film Festival celebrates 46th anniversary 
Click  HERE  to learn more.


NAHCC Partners with NAWBO-Nashville
Click  HERE to learn more.

NAHCC Named National SBA Partner to Increase Support for Hispanic Entrepreneurs 
Click  HERE  for more.
Green Builds Business Training helps Hispanic Entrepreneurs Go Green 
Click  HERE  for more.


Job Offers by NAHCC members

Part-time Legal Assistant-Franklin, TN 


Nash & Larsen, PLLC, a criminal, injury, and immigration law firm located in Franklin, Tennessee is actively searching for a part-time legal assistant that will quickly become full time. Please do not reply unless you or the person you're referring speaks English and Spanish. This is a must.


The ideal candidate will also be detail oriented, self starter, curious and computer savvy. Office experience preferred. Must be willing to take the Strengthsfinder 2.0 test to ensure a proper fit with the Firm (cost to be reimbursed by the Firm). Pay commensurate with experience.

If you are bilingual and feel this is the right opportunity for you, please send a cover letter and resume via email for review 

briannashesq+[email protected] 


Please attach the Strengthfinders 2.0 full test results if you have them.

Coming Up :
  • BOD Meeting (Jul.23)
  • NAHCC Business After Hours Networking
Learn more about the NAHCC

July 18: Develop Your Business Model

Learn how to visualize your business and it's interrelationships on a single canvas using Business Modeling. Your Business Model can be used to generate an investor pitch, as a preliminary step to develop your Business Plan, or most importantly, use it to manage your business through internal and external changes.

9:00 am CST - 12:00 pm CST
SCORE Nashville
2 International Plaza Dr. 
Suite 500, Nashville, TN 37217

Registration Required. Contact Number: 615-736-7621

Click for link to website

This workshop is designed to walk students through the process of developing financial projections for their proposed business model. Step-by-step instruction for preparing projected Income Statements, Balance Sheets and Cash Flow Statements for inclusion in their Business Plan will be covered.

9:00 am CST - 12:00 pm CST
SCORE Nashville
2 International Plaza Dr. 
Suite 500, Nashville, TN 37217

Registration Required. Contact Number: 615-736-7621

Click for link to website

NAHCC among 10 Organizations Requesting MNPS Director Search Extension

A coalition of ten organizations has asked Metro's School Board to extend the search process for the new Director of Schools.

In a letter they said, "our organizations feel that your search firm has not yet provided a slate of four candidates that all meet the qualifications of the position, including experience with large school districts and school turnarounds." They also asked the board to heed the Chamber Report Card's recommendations to wait to make a final decision until after the Mayoral election.

View Channel 5 news full video story HERE


REMINDER: July 16, Business After Hours with  Lyle Carbajal's Romancing Banality @ Tinney Comtemporary

Our July NAHCC Business After Hours networking will be hosted by Tinney Contemporary ( 237 5th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37219)* Thursday July 16 from 5 to 7 pm. Tinney's current exhibition by multimedia artist Lyle Carbajal titled  'Romancing Banality' can be better described as  a visually arresting installation  focusing on the social


Lyle Carbaja

commentary of cultural and economic perceptions and their implications in contemporary art. Romancing Banality his current traveling installation exploring these ideas, fully immersing viewers into the environment of his subjects for a truly distinctive, engaging, multi-sensory experience that challenges perspective and social beliefs. By inhabiting the city of upcoming exhibitions in advance, Carbajal creates a unique audience experience- a manifestation of experiences, people, attitudes, and perception- which is in a constant state of transformation as it evolves with each location simultaneously serving as both subject and muse. "It's a city's Zeitgeist that interests me," says Carbajal. "The sights, the sounds, the way its people either cherish or disregard artistic forms, the city's visual connection to the past and whether or not it recognizes its indigenous culture."


The NAHCC would like to thank Susan Tinney, for hosting a reception for our members and meet and greet with artist Lyle Carbajal. Susan is founder of Tinney Contemporary Gallery, a Nashville-based contemporary art gallery specializing in collectable art by established local, regional, national, and internationally recognized artists. Please click to RSVP *Public parking available at Public Library nearby on Church St. and 6th.

Nashville Area Chamber releases fourth annual Legislative Scorecard 

The Nashville Area Chamber released its fourth annual Legislative Scorecard, which reports how our state legislators and Metro Council members supported the needs and priorities of the region's business community.

Throughout the year, the NCC policy team works closely with elected officials and other leaders to advocate for an environment where businesses can thrive and the region can prosper. Each year, the Chamber develops a state and local legislative agenda based on feedback from members.

The 2015 Legislative Scorecard details the Chamber's advocacy efforts to advance four specific community priorities: 

  • An environment where business can prosper;
  • Talent development of the region's workforce;
  • Quality of life that attracts and retains residents and workers;
  • Regional efforts to ensure economic prosperity.

Click HERE to view the scorecard.

From our good friends at SCORE Nashville
Don't push ideas; focus on solutions.
 Most people believe their ideas are best and if others would just listen the world would be a better place. At SCORE, our counselors go through a training program that, when followed, makes our mentoring sessions much more productive. The process is based on the acronym, SLATE.
  • Stop and suspend judgment
  • Listen and learn
  • Assess and analyze
  • Test ideas
  • Expectation setting

Read more from mentor, workshop facilitator, and the past-chair of SCORE Nashville, Ed Rappuhn HERE. Originally published in The Tennessean newspaper.


From our  very active social media page...

Our social media presence is at its peak, reaching hundred and at times thousands. A great way to keep you inform about our work and our members news. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for upcoming events and updates.

Immigrants, Latinos Helped Drive Business Creation Last Year
Measure of 2014 activity shows impact on startups
Roxanne Velasquez owner of 7 Mares Restaurant in Antioch at a catering event in downtown Nashville   - Photo: Yuri Cunza

Immigrants and Latinos helped drive an uptick in new business creation, according to a measure of 2014 U.S. startup activity to be released Thursday. Immigrant entrepreneurs launched 28.5% of the new businesses in 2014, up from 25.9% a year earlier and just 13.3% in 1996, according to an annual startup index by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.


Kauffman-funded researchers found that immigrants started new companies or became self-employed at nearly twice the rate of native-born Americans, creating an average of 520 businesses a month per 100,000 people last year. Immigrants accounted for 12.9% of the U.S. population in 2012, the most recent data available, up from 9.3% in 1996, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Read more  from the WSJ HERE

6th Annual Tennessee Procurement Summit
T he event will feature Procurement Officers sharing p rocurement needs and forecasts as well as how to do business with them.  An Exhibit Hall will be open from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm Central  Time so that you will have time to meet with federal procurement representatives one-on-one. Some of the invited agencies include: *U.S. General Services Administration *Tennessee Valley Authority *Tennessee Army National Guard *U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VISN 9 *NASA Marshall Space Flight Center *U.S Air Force - Arnold Engineering Development Complex *U.S. Forest Service - Land Between the Lakes *U.S. Forest Service - Cherokee National Forest *U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Nashville District *U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Memphis District *U.S. Department of Agriculture - Agricultural Marketing Service - Memphis *U.S. Department of Energy - Oak Ridge Office *Y-12 National Security Complex *Oak Ridge National Laboratory.


July 21, 2015 | 7:30 am CST - 1:00 pm CST
330 10th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203 

Registration Required. Contact Number: 615-963-7158
Latinas In Action (LIA) Committee
A few years ago and with support of the NAHC Foundation, current NAHCC chair, Loraine Segovia-Paz started a committee of Latina women  to address issues affecting Latina entrepreneurs in our market. 

Today Latinas in Action is busy planning its May session. If you are a past participant or are  interested in  learning more about how to get involved please   email us   


SBA Launches Spanish Language Site

The U.S. Small Business Administration just announced the launching of  "Find Business Success - en Español" a comprehensive web base resource platform for small business fully in Spanish. Here you can find valuable tools for those wishing to start a business  or for those business owners who want to know how to better manage one.To learn more please visit:   

Successful Mayoral Forum at Glencliff High

The NAHCC joined 30 local immigrant/refugee groups in hosting a Mayoral forum at Glencliff High School last June 22. 


Here is the story from our members Nashville Public Radio: "In Mayor's Race, Nashville Immigrants Voice Unique Needs, Familiar Concerns" More than 200 immigrants have registered to vote in Nashville in the past few weeks, according to the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. The group has also hosted a mayoral forum and surveyed foreign-born Nashvillians about what they want in the next mayor.

NAHCC joins Community Stakeholders Committee: Searching for Nashville's Next Director of Schools

One of the most important roles of the Board of Education is to hire the director of schools. Dr. Jesse Register was hired six years ago and retires June 30. Given the importance of this job, the Board is dedicating a great deal of time and resources to finding the next director. The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is on of 13 community stakeholders providing input and keeping close attention to the process of selecting our new director of schools. 

Back in February, the Board of Education voted to hire Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA) Executive Search to lead the search process. HYA is one of the leading executive search firms in the country and has ample experience in the field of education. In fact, this is the same firm that found Dr. Register in 2008. On July 6, search firm HYA revealed a list of four candidates for the Board to consider in hiring the next Director of Schools. Those 3 candidates are:

Click each candidate's name for their full application. From this list of four, the Board will choose three for the final stages of the selection process that started the week of July 13.

NAHCC President & CEO Receives 
Avant-Garde MOSAIC Award for The Advancement of Diversity from AAF
Yuri Cunza
We are very proud to announce that our CEO, Yuri Cunza was the recipient of the first ever Avant Garde Mosaic Awards for the Advancement of Diversity by the American Advertising Federation - Nashville. The Nashville Mosaic Awards recognize diversity achievement of Middle Tennessee companies and professionals, that have demonstrated workplace and employee diversity, and multicultural efforts in advertising campaigns, media usage, supplier partnerships, interactive media, and student diversity. The awards program addresses the advertising industry's need to increase the number of corporations that have endorsed the national Mosaic principles and practices, as well as the issues that hinder improved diversity and multiculturalism. 

The awards have been offered nationally since 2001. In 2010 Nashville became the first advertising market to offer the awards on a local level. Congratulations! hiring in Murfressboro, TN 

NAHCC, business leaders, represents Tennessee at U.S Global Leadership Coalition Summit in Washington, D.C
Senator Bob Corker honored for his support to our  nation's international affairs program
U.S Senator Bob Corker

The U.S. Global Leadership Coalition's (USGLC) counted with the support of 300+ leaders from states across the county visiting government representatives on Capitol Hill and ask them to push Congress for more funding in the International Affairs Budget in the years ahead. International affairs funding provides, among other programs, human rights and democracy assistance and diplomacy around the world.


In recent years, the U.S. government, both Congress and the Administration, has reduced foreign assistance for a variety of political and economic reasons. The international affairs budget has fallen 16 percent since 2010, from an inflation adjusted $60 billion to just over $50 billion in 2015. In spite of popular perceptions that the U.S. spends heavily on international assistance, the U.S. foreign aid budget remains less than 1 percent of the overall U.S. budget. 

Jeremy Tolbert (USGLC), Catherine Glover (TN Chamber of Commerce), Lindsay Long (U.S Marine Corps Veteran / Casting for Recovery, Inc), Yuri Cunza (NAHCC)

Immigrant entrepreneurs boost 

'main streets' in Nashville

Entrepreneur Ramón Arellano & son: True passion for boxing

When Nashville voters rejected a 2009 referendum that would have banned government officials from using non-English languages in their work, they sent a message that the city welcomed its immigrant community. Years later, their vote also would prove to support the city's economic growth as immigrants' businesses have proliferated Nashville, creating jobs and transforming neighborhoods. Nashville immigrants have made a significant contribution to the local economy, especially through an outsized presence among local "main street" businesses, according to a new report by the Fiscal Policy Institute, a New York-based nonpartisan research nonprofit. In the larger Nashville metro area, immigrants account for 8 percent of the population and 9 percent of business owners, yet they make up a disproportionate 29 percent of Main Street business owners. Read more HERE