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Members of the NAHCC listen to CEO Yuri Cunza's annual report overview for 2018 and 2019 initiatives
Dear NAHCC members and guests,

In recognition of a very successful 20th Annual Membership Meeting this past Tuesday, March 26 , I would like to thank you for your attendance, participation and continued support of our NAHCC . Our 20th annual membership meeting this year was remarkable for that we had the opportunity to engage our sold out, standing room only membership, not only in dialogue but in learning, through our Chairman's Business Leader Roundtable focused on how to begin the process of Minority Owned Business Certification. With Hispanic owned business surpassing the 1,500 mark in Nashville, this topic and proactive initiative was definitely long due . We at the NAHCC, have made it a priority and a top agenda for 2019-20, to help increase the number of certified HBEs .
With a very encouraging address by Nashville Mayor David Briley attendees to our sold out event that counted with the participation of representatives of Nashville’s vibrant Hispanic entrepreneurship community learned more about the Mayor plan for increased small business participation in contracting opportunities. We are very thankful to our speakers for sharing their business and professional insights. From welcome remarks by immigration attorney and NAHCC Chairman Mario Ramos, to Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre and The Tennessean newspaper David Plazas, who truly engaged our members in attendance and contributed in a meaningful way to the discussion that followed.
Following the annual meeting portion of the program, Ashford Hughes Sr. appointed by Mayor David Briley to serve in his administration as the first Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer set the tone for the Minority Business Certification Road-map round table with his remarks on guiding and implementing government procurement policy and process that leads to economic inclusion for ethnic minority and women owned businesses. Most recently, Ashford played an instrumental role in materializing Mayor Briley’s vision for economic inclusion as a business imperative. In January, after decades of advocacy, the Metro Nashville Council unanimously voted to install the Equal Business Opportunity Program. This legislation addresses the equity and inclusion of minority and women owned businesses and allows Metro Nashville to implement race and gender conscious subcontracting goals, based on market availability, for all public contracts. 

Following Ashford's remarks, business owners Leonardo Soto, owner of Idea Develop Matter; Loraine Segovia Paz and Chef Carlos, founders of Mosaic Foods LLC; Juan Lombera, owner/partner of MC Granite Nashville LLC; Elia Bass, owner of Top Quality Cleaning; presented questions to government minority and women owned certifying agencies representatives LaTanya Channel, SBA; Donzaleigh Powell, MNAA; Greta, MTA; DeÁntwaine Moye, TDOT; Richard Van Norman, Governor's Office of Diversity Business Enterprise. The 45 minute session consisting of key questions on how to begin and navigate the process and ending with a Q&A with members of the audience was moderated Luis Parodi VP Senior Business Banking Officer for Republic Bank who also serves as NAHCC Vice-Chair.
Left: Ian Ayre, chief executive officer of the Nashville SC MLS club. Right: Ashford Hughes Sr. Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Office of Mayor David Briley.
David Plazas, Opinion Engagement Editor , The Tennessean newspaper, speaks about
the importance of in Nashville.the Latino community

Guest panelist representing minority business certifying agencies (see pictures below):

On behalf of the NAHCC leadership , and members, thank you for being instrumental to the success of our organization. We look forward to seeing you at our next event. Thank you.


Yuri Cunza
President & CEO
Guest speakers and panelists (Left to right): Leonardo Soto, Idea Develop Matter; Loraine Segovia Paz and Chef Carlos, Mosaic Foods LLC; Juan Lombera, MC Granite LLC; Elia Bass, Top Quality Cleaning; LaTanya Channel, SBA; Donzaleigh Powell, MNAA; Greta, MTA; DeÁntwaine Moye, TDOT; Richard Van Norman, Governor's Office of Diversity Business Enterprise. Moderator and NAHCC Vice-Chair Luis Parodi VP Senior Business Banking Officer for Republic Bank stands at the podium.
Nashville Mayor  David Briley  (center) with (left to right) NAHCC board chair, attorney  Mario Ramos , panelists Chef Carlos, Elia Tapia Bass, Leonardo Soto, NAHCC's  Loraine Segovia Paz , vice-chair, Juan Lombera (panelist) and Yuri Cunza, President and CEO,  Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber  during the NAHCC's 20th annual membership meeting and business leader roundtable.
Top : Vice-Chair Luis Parodi, speaks about the importance of small businesses as he prepares to introduce, Ashford Hughes, Mayor's Office Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer.

Right: Former council member and NAHCC Amigo of The Year recipient, Walter Hunt, reads a Metro Proclamation on behalf of Councill representative Fabian Bedne recognizing the Nashville Hispanic Chamber contributions.

A Proclamation issued by State Senator Brenda Gilmore was also presented. Both Council member Bedne and Senator Gilmore were in attendance.

The NAHCC is Tennessee's oldest , longest running Hispanic business membership 501(c)6 non-profit organization.
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