West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
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January 12, 2017
July 13, 2017
Conecta Membership Meetings
Third Thursday of the month from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Different locations in West Michigan. Free for members!
Workshops in Spanish for business owners. Every fourth Thursday of the month from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at Lindon Mexico Restaurante. Free to attend and breakfast included.
Quarterly on 1st Thursday of the month from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. Different locations in West Michigan. Free for members!
FEATURED MEMBERS OF THE MONTH
El Granjero Mexican Grill
Paola Mendivil- Catering Coordinator
950 Bridge St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
P. (616) 458-5595/ E. firstname.lastname@example.org
Marvin Law Office, PC
Lee Marvin - Attorney
2522 Woodmeadow Dr. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
P. (616) 414-4655/ E. email@example.com
Stegenga Funeral Chapel
Alex Garcia- Family Services
1601 Post Dr. NE
Belmont, MI 49306
P. (616) 866-7200/ E. firstname.lastname@example.org
September 14, 2017
West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Announces Launch of Foundation, 2017-2018 Strategic Plan, and New Board Members
Grand Rapids, MI, September 14, 2017 – The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has announced the formation of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that will offer key programming and support services to Latino business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals, as well as educational programs for Latino students. "The Foundation will allow us to serve the Hispanic community in a way that we believe is unprecedented in West Michigan," said Luis Avila, President of the Board of the Chamber. "By making this a community-wide effort—through key partnerships with like-minded organizations, and relying on the support of grant making organizations, businesses and individuals—we believe the Foundation will have a tangible, long lasting, positive impact in the areas of economic and workforce development in our region," he said.
The Chamber also announced its 2017-2018 strategic plan. "We are excited to roll out an aggressive agenda over the coming months," said Guillermo Cisneros, Executive Director of the Chamber. First, "we are launching a new program, Transformando West Michigan, that will focus on the revitalization of Hispanic businesses in West Michigan by collaborating with both the private and public sector to help qualifying Hispanic businesses access resources that are not currently available to them," he said. Among those resources, the Chamber will assist with mentoring, cosmetic improvements, marketing, employee training, access to capital, and strategic planning. Second, "the Chamber will create programming for Latino students to receive the guidance, mentoring, and resources to successfully enter the West Michigan job market upon the completion of their studies," said Cisneros. "We want to surround Latino students with the necessary resources to pursue their dream career, whatever it may be," he said. Recognizing the ambitious agenda, Avila emphasized that "collaboration with other community stakeholders will be vital to the lasting success of the Chamber's strategic plan."
It was also announced this week that the Board of Directors of the Chamber has named new Board members. "We are a working board, so the unique skill-set and background that each new Board member brings to the table is critical," said Avila. "We are very excited to have such a talented group of individuals, who are passionate about helping the Hispanic community, join the Board of Directors," he said.
The new board members are as follows (in alphabetical order):
- Raul Alvarez (Chief Communicator, GTSD Group)
- Dr. Tony Baker (Director of Community Engagement, Ferris State University)
- Brad Laackman (President, Honor Construction)
- Caryn Zavala (Supervisor Americas Compensation & Benefits, Amway Corp.)
Board members serve a three-year term.