Chamber of Excellence
The USHCC is thankful for its fruitful and longstanding partnership with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana. The work that the Chamber does is an example for other chambers across the country, and we are excited for what the future has in store for the Hispanic business community in Louisiana. We are proud to call Mayra our friend, and to call the HCC of Louisiana a USHCC local chamber member,” said the USHCC.
HCCL’s relationship with the United States Hispanic Chamber leads to national recognition
Every year, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce awards local chambers its biggest annual distinction: Chamber of the Year. In 2017, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana (HCCL) was recognized for its outstanding work in the community and gained this prestigious recognition by the USHCC.
Mayra Pineda, president and CEO of the HCCL, accepted the award on behalf of the HCCL at the 2017 USHCC’s National convention in Dallas, Texas. This recognition was bestowed in the medium-sized category, which includes chambers that have between 250 and 499 members.
The award was received for the HCCL’s extraordinary contributions to its commercial ecosystems, USHCC reps said. HCCL’s signature events include the Annual Town Hall Roundtable and Luncheon featuring the Chair of the USHCC; and the Annual Women’s Business Symposium which consists of a day of empowerment for women business owners and individuals featuring local and national speakers
Local chambers from across the nation were evaluated for their outstanding accomplishments, leadership, service and commitment to the Hispanic business community.
“Over the course of the past few years, we have set in motion a plan to become a Chamber that sets the bar for excellence for our members,” said Pineda. “I could not be more pleased with the results on what has been an effort by our brilliant team, board leadership and the outstanding members that are so committed to our success.”
The role of HCCL in Louisiana is critical due to the growth of the Hispanic population in the area. Foreign-born households contributed more than $7.6 billion to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the Greater New Orleans metro area. Immigrant-owned businesses generated more than $174 million in business income, and two out of three businesses are owned by U.S.-born Latinos while one out of three are owned by immigrant Latinos.
HCCL is dedicated to the expansion of trade relations between the State of Louisiana and Latin America. This award is largely due to the effective implementation of HCCL’s mission to foster the continued economic growth, development, and promotion of Hispanic businesses and their associations in the state of Louisiana, and to serve as the conduit between the Hispanic business community and the community at large.