Monday, September 15, 2008

Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Kicks Off National Hispanic Heritage Month

NAHCC invites members and friends to celebrate the official beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month on Monday, September 15th 2008 at Coco Loco Restaurant from 5:30 PM to 9 PM (*)

Closing Hispanic Heritage Month Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum on October 14th

The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will once again this year celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. First instituted in 1968 by the US Congress, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed a week in September to be recognized as National Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a month long celebration (Sept. 15-Oct. 15).

To kick off the month long festivity the NAHCC will host a reception at business member Coco Loco Restaurant (4600 Nolensville Pike Nashville, TN 37211) on Monday September 15th the official day in which Hispanic Heritage Month begins.

Public forums, festivals, lectures, art receptions, training and businesses breakout sessions are part of the NAHCC's month long Hispanic Heritage Month program.

The NAHCC joins the nation in celebrating the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

Recent Census data released for Hispanic Heritage Month indicates that the population of Hispanics in the US has reached over 45.5 million. The number of Hispanic-owned businesses in 2002, grew up to 1.6 million that equals to 31 percent more from 1997. Their receipts were $226.5 billion, up 22 percent from 1997. A total of 199,725 such firms had paid employees, with receipts of $184 billion, or about $921,090 per firm.

(*)NAHCC's Hispanic Heritage Month Kick Off Celebration at Coco Loco Restaurant is FREE and open to all interested in attending.


5:30 PM – 9:00 PM NAHCC's 4th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Kick Off Reception
Coco Loco Restaurant - 4600 Nolensville Pike Nashville, TN 37211

11:00 AM – 1 PM Panel Discussion - The Business About Being a Good Neighbor: How to better contribute to the growth and development of our city.
Downtown Public Library

Location: Langford Auditorium, Vanderbilt Campus
If you missed them at Bonnaroo '08 catch Grupo Fantasma, the finest, funkiest, and hardest working Latin American orchestra when they bring their trademark sound to Music City with cumbia, salsa, and pyschedelia.
Regular Admission $ 28 NAHCC members $16 - Students $10 with valid ID

*In partnership with Vanderbilt's Great Performances

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Celebrating Latino Art Reception
Artists Jorge Yances Arrieta, Orlando Camacho and Jairo Prado in attendance.
Location: Palette Gallery - 2119 Belcourt Avenue in Hillsboro Village

USHCC National Convention, Sacramento, CA
The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) will be conducting its 29th Annual National Convention & Business Expo September 24-27, 2008 in Sacramento, CA. Over the span of four days, the USHCC will be host to the largest gathering of Hispanic business owners in the nation, offering a variety of workshops, chamber training and business sessions focused on: building business relationships; and, creating procurement opportunities for participants from all industries. The four-day event will be held at the Sacramento Convention Center.

NAHCC President Yuri Cunza will be a guest speaker on the “Effective Advocacy and Grassroot Activism for Your Local Chamber” panel during the convention's National Leadership & Chamber Excellence Training Institute on September 26th.

For more information please visit:

7:30 AM – 9:30 AM Celebrating Latino Businesses - Networking Breakfast (TICKETED EVENT) El Manjar Mexican Restaurant

11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Nashville Youth Entrepreneurship Training Session
Glencliff High school

NAHCC AT MED WEEK* – Nashville Minority Business Center
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm Business Matchmaking for Construction
Location: AT&T
333 Commerce Street - Nashville, TN 37203
Pre-registration is mandatory and includes complimentary capability statement . Refreshments served.

*In partnership with Nashville Minority Business Center

8:30 A.M to 10:00 A.M Breakout Session A- The Internet for Small Businesses
Topic: Small Businesses and New Technologies
Hispanic Media and Latinos
Description: The Internet for Small Business will present tools for working on-line. Panelist will discuss strategies for how the Internet can be use to successfully advertise a small businesses and earn an income at almost no cost.

11:30 AM to 12:30 PM Breakout Session B- Latina Entrepreneurship
Topic: Want to be a successful LATINA Entrepreneur? How to Start a Business and succeed
Description: Whether you have a start-up business or need to expand your current company, this session will help connect you with alternative sources of capital for your business. Join some of the most representative examples of Latina experts as they discuss the benefits of joint ventures, strategic partnerships and more.
Location: Coleman Center
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Latina Leader's Luncheon (TICKETED EVENT)
Location: Coleman Community Center.
Food provided by La Hacienda Taqueria y Tortilleria
1:30 PM – 3 PM Panel Discussion - The Business of Civic Engagement: The Latino Vote in 21st Century America Downtown Public Library Sponsor: Metro Human Relations Commission
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM The Business About New Populations: Alternate Solutions to “English Only” - Panel Discussion
Location: Coleman Community Center

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Chamber Leaders' Luncheon
Location: Nashville City Club

4 P.M to 5 PM Breakout Session C- Corporate Procurement Topic: How to do Business with Major Corporations Description: This workshop will provide important information on how to improve your chances of doing business with Corporate America and the capacity that is needed. Location: El Manjar Restautant 5560 Nolensville Pike Nashville, TN 37211
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM Seven Deadly Sins of a Small Business Location: El Manjar Restaurant 5560 Nolensville Pike Nashville, TN 37211
10:00 AM – 4 PM Fiesta de OtoƱo Festival*
Volunteer State Community College Campus
Sponsor: Hispanic Summer Alliance
Description: A Fall Festival to Celebrate Hispanic Culture

Soccer tournament
Cultural dance from many countries
Latin American food tasting and cook-off
Live band
Games and fun for kids
Free food and drinks
Hispanic storytelling
Health check-ups and information
Community group tables

It’s all free and open to everyone. Bring a blanket and chairs, and spend the whole day!

*In partnership with Volunteer State Community College and Sumner Hispanic Alliance

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Pre-Awards Reception (TICKETED EVENT)
The Palm Restaurant

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Hispanic Heritage Month Awards Ceremony (TICKETED EVENT)
Country Music Hall Of Fame - Ford Theater

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Hispanic Heritage Month Reception (TICKETED EVENT)
Location: Country Music Hall Of Fame - Rotunda

(**)Schedule as of September 24th, 2008 . Schedule subject to change.

To nominate someone who has demonstrated commitment and leadership to the Hispanic community, contact Loraine Segovia at To RSVP please call 615-216-5737 or send an e-mail to:

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