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Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
 
Dear NAHCC members and friends:
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The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
is proud to sponsor
Festival of the Nations this year at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds!  Bring your family and friends to our hospitlality tent to enter a drawing and remember to RSVP to attend our 'Official Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off Party' at Los Arcos Mexican Restaurant on September 15, starting at 6:30 PM
 
Join NAHCC members, business leaders, partners, sponsors and special guests as we celebrate the begining of  our Hispanic Heritage Month festivities.
 
Door prizes, delicious mexican apetizers, tradicional and flavorful drinks, live music and more!
 
And on September 16 join J.R.Garza, Pablo Garzón and Serenatta, MTSU Salsa Band, San Rafael Band, and some of the most talented local Latin musicians for a concert dedicated to our beloved Azucena Rios  and family.
 
On behalf of the NAHCC Board of Directors, we look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events. Thank you.
 
Sincerely,
 
Yuri Cunza
President & CEO
Nashville Area
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
 
 
Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off Reception Sponsored by:
 

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ABOUT HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
 
Hispanic Heritage Month was first instituted in 1968 by U.S 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). 
 
 
If you would like to sponsor a Hispanic Heritage Month event or program this year or need more information about our calendar of related events, please visit:
 
 
  
 
Nashville Public Television
 
U.S Bank
 
Metro Human Relations Commission
 
 
Altria
 
State Water Heaters 
 
Action Nissan
 
Best Buy
 
Saturday, Sept. 12th, 2009
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Official Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off Reception
 Tuesday, Sept. 15th, 2009
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
 Los Arcos Restaurant
3798 Nolensville Rd. Nashville, TN 37211
To RSVP click HERE 
 

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Nashville Latin Xpress
Wednesday, Sept. 16th, 2009 
Presented by
Garza Music & Entertainment Prod. 
Wednesday, Sept 16th - 7:00 PM
201 Woodland St. - Nashville
 
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Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
P.O Box 40541 - Nashville, TN 37204
Tel. (615) 216-5737  Fax. (952) 216-5737

www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Vice Chair Mario Ramos to receive 2009 AILA Advocacy Award
 NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE- MarioThe Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the selection of its Vice-Chair attorney Mario Ramos as the recipient of the 2009 American Immigration Lawyers Association "AILA Advocacy Award".
 
The AILA Executive Committee will be presenting the Awards at a special ceremony during their Annual Conference on Immigration Law, June 3-6, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The AILA Annual Awards Presentation will occur on Saturday, June 6, 2009, 5:30pm - 7:00pm, at the Palazzo/Venetian Congress Center.
 
The NAHCC congratulates attorney Mario Ramos for being selected to receive a national recognition for his leadership in immigration law advocacy.
 
Mario received the Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law, and his LL.M. from The London School of Economics and Political Science. He received a Scholarship and Diploma from Hague Academy of International Law and earned a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Mario is former Chairman of the Nashville Bar Immigration Committee and served as past chairman of the Hispanic Achievers Program of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee. He is a member of Leadership Nashville, Class of 1995-1996. Mario is AILA Advocacy Director for the Mid-South serving on the Grassroots Campaigns / Immigration Works Committee and on the US-Mexico Plus/Essential Workers Committee and the Hispanic Interest Committee. Mario Ramos is the recipient of the NAHCC 2008 Hispanic Entrepreneur Achievement Award.

NAHCC President to speak at U.S Hispanic Chamber Leadership Training Institute in Sacramento, CA 
Nashville, TN.- The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce announces the participation of its President & CEO Yuri Cunza as a speaker at the "Effective advocacy and grassroots activism for your local chamber" during the USHCC convention's Leadership Training Institute. 

NHBIC.ORG - National Hispanic Business Information Clearinghouse
National Hispanic Business Information Clearinghouse

PSA H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu Virus) SPANISH
Please distribute to employees and community
Dear business owner and member of the Hispanic media:
 
Please distribute the following informations among your employees and members of the Hispanic community.
 
Thank you.
 
Yuri Cunza
President
Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  
ANNOUNCEMENT TO NAHCC MEMBERS AND HISPANIC MEDIA
 
Please distribute among your employees and community
 
En conferencia de prensa, el Secretario de Salud del Gobierno Federal de México, José Ángel Córdova Villalobos, dijo:

· Las pruebas realizadas en laboratorio han permitido identificar plenamente el tipo de virus del que se trata: influenza porcina.
· Las autoridades sanitarias conocen ya los antivirales efectivos para combatirlo. Los fármacos están avalados por la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) se trata de Oseltamivir y Zanamivir.
· En las últimas 20 horas, se han registrado menos casos graves de influenza y un menor número de decesos.
· Hasta ayer, por la noche, había 60 fallecimientos con cuadros similares. De éstos, se han confirmado que 20 derivan de esta enfermedad; los otros 40 siguen siendo analizados.
· No es la vacuna la forma más eficaz de combatir la enfermedad, sino los antivirales, los cuales deben aplicarse sólo en los casos diagnosticados, recomienda la OMS.
· El Sector Salud cuenta con la medicina adecuada y en cantidad suficiente para atender los casos que se han presentado y que puedan presentarse por este virus.
· El consumo de productos porcinos no conlleva ningún riesgo de trasmisión de estevirus.
· Todas las Unidades de Medicina Familiar del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) permanecerán abiertas este fin de semana, en horario normal, para atender las solicitudes de consulta.
· La Secretaría de Salud mantiene contacto permanente y estrecha colaboración con las autoridades estatales, así como con organismos internacionales de salud.
· También ha sido clave la colaboración de los trabajadores del sector salud, de las autoridades educativas, de los sindicatos, las empresas y otras organizaciones.
 
RECOMENDACIONES A LA POBLACIÓN

· No automedicarse.
· Seguir con las medidas preventivas difundidas.
· La población debe evitar eventos multitudinarios y lugares concurridos; especialmente a la población de jóvenes, que es la más vulnerable.
· Para prevenir el contagio, mantenerse alejados de las personas que tengan infección respiratoria; lavarse las manos frecuentemente con agua y jabón; no saludar de beso ni de mano; no compartir alimentos, vasos o cubiertos; ventilar y permitir la entrada de sol en la casa, las oficinas y en todos los lugares cerrados.
· Además, mantener limpias las cubiertas de cocina y baño, manijas y barandales, así como juguetes, teléfonos u objetos de uso común.
· En caso de presentar un cuadro de fiebre alta de manera repentina, tos, dolor de cabeza, muscular y de articulaciones, acudir de inmediato al médico o unidad de salud.
· De corroborarse la enfermedad, visitar al médico para que establezca el diagnóstico y tratamiento.
· Quedarse posteriormente en casa y mantenerse en reposo, hasta que no haya síntomas.
· Utilizar cubrebocas, tirar el pañuelo desechable en una bolsa de plástico y estornudar sobre el ángulo interno del codo.
· Una vez transcurridas 24 horas sin ningún síntoma, se puede regresar a las labores habituales.

For more information please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/espanol/
 
If you wish to contact us please visit our web page at:
 
www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com


 
 
PO Box 40541
Nashville, Tennessee 37204
615-216-5737

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The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invites you

NAHCC/CABLE Joint Mixer

 

NAHCC members and friends are cordially invited to attend our joint networking mixer with CABLE, Nashville's premier networking organization for women

 
Thursday, May 7
5:30 to 7:00 PM
 

Cool connections
 
Frosty margaritas
 Exotic appetizers
 
Complimentary valet parking
 
Register by Monday, April 27 for only $13

 
$15 for later registrations

Registrations close Fri., May 1


 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 
Since this is a catered event, no-shows will be billed
Your paid admission includes appetizers & one cocktail, glass of wine or beer
 
 
About CABLE
 
CABLE's mission is CONNECTING WOMEN and OPPORTUNITY

   CABLE is Tennessee's largest and most established network of professionals helping women reach their full potential with over 500 members and a 30-year history.

   CABLE is a dynamic resource for networking and learning, enabling its members to grow their businesses, build their careers and serve their communities.

   CABLE is an inclusive organization that encourages every woman to develop her unique talents and celebrates every woman's achievements.
 
 

Job seekers flood First International Career Expo

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David Tiller (SBA) next to NAHCC Treasurer Loraine Segovia providing financial literacy information to job seekers at the First International Career Fair Thursday March 19th, 209

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Paul, David Tiller (SBA), Dr.Galen Hull (TSU), Loraine Segovia, Ionela Chera (US.Bank) and Festival of the Nations Director and co-presenter of the event Jonathan CamCam.

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NAHCC Board members Rene Valadez and Loraine Segovia

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NAHCC member Reynaldo Laurano, Board members Rene Valadez(in the back), Luis Bustillos and Ionela Chera with William Luis and NAHCC members Jim Burnley and Jesse  (Best Buy)

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Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to attend

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This is a reminder to all interested in attending tomorrow's event.  
 
The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be conducting a business survey on the State of the Hispanic Business Economy and another on Foreign Born Entrepreneurs in partnership with Tennessee State University (TSU) on site.
 
Please contact Loraine Segovia at 216-5737 if you wish to participate.
 
Middle Tennessee's First International Career Expo
 
  Presented by:
Festival of the Nations and ProLingua Inc

DATE: March 19th
TIME:
4 to 8 PM
LOCATION: Bethel World Outreach Center
(5670 Granny White Pike, Brentwood, TN 3702 )
MORE: FREE ADMISSION to Job Seekers
~ Food Vendors available ~

NEW YORK LIFE SPONSORS NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL CAREER EXPO

 In an effort to connect area employers with Nashville's global professionals, area organizations have united to sponsor the first annual job fair and networking event.

The International Career Expo is presented by the Festival of the Nations and ProLingua Inc. in partnership with: (listed in alphabetical order)

- Imagen Latina Show on Radio Activa,
- Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,
- National Association of Asian-American Professionals in Nashville,
- SPANISH-TV
- Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
- TN
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,
- WSFK 88.1 FM


The event gives employers a chance to connect with job seekers and also to build relationships with Nashville's many international community organizations.

"This unprecedented event brings together the area's global talent and top employers to build relationships, which is the key not only to job-hunting but also to becoming an employer of choice in multicultural communities. Effective branding is all about grassroots events like this one," said Jonathan Camcam, Executive Director of the Festival of the Nations and also the President of the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP-Nashville).

The event is open and free to the public. Job seekers, whether currently looking for a job or those just interested in learning about career opportunities, are encouraged to dress professionally and to bring their resumes.

Join Festival of the Nations and ProLingua Inc on March 19 from 4-8 PM at the Bethel World Outreach Center.

***Middle Tennessee's First International Career Expo will accept Employer Applications only until Tuesday, March 17. For more information, visit the website at
www.InternationalCareerExpo.com
Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 40541
Nashville, Tennessee 37204
615-216-5737
 

The NAHCC welcomes the new 2009-11 Board of Directors!

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2009-2011 NAHCC Board of Directors (from left to right): Fátima Guardia- Thompson, Dr. Alicia Griffin, Steve Sabato, Ernestina Gonzalez, Luis Bustillos, Cristina Frasier, Dennis Núñez, Ionela Chera, Brenna Davenport, René Valadez, Holly Spann, Mercedes Suárez, Luis Gilbert Sepulveda, Loraine Segovia, Dr. Gallen Hull. Not pictured: Mario Ramos, Santos Gonzalez

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Nashville Mayor Karl Dean speaks about the importance of minority and women owned businesses at NAHCC's annual membership meeting

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Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance, Americas Society and Council of the Americas To Adress Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Members At Annual Meeting
 
March 11th, 2009 - 5:00 P.M.  
 
Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP
Suite 2700 - Conference Center - Nashville City Center
NASHVILLE, TN, March 10, 2009 - The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC) announced today that it will hold its annual membership meeting on March 11, 2009 at 5:00 P.M. at the offices of  Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis LLP Suite 2700 - Conference Center Nashville City Center - 511 Union Street (Downtown) Nashville, TN 37219.
 
NAHCCThe NAHCC annual members meeting will begin with a brief address by Mayor Karl Dean about the importance of minority business participation and procurement opportunities with metro government. Representatives from Metro's Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance, the Minority Business Advisory Council and the Americas Society and Council of the Americas will present a report to members.
 
The meeting will include announcements regarding new member benefits, new partnerships, the 2009-10 agenda which includes a wide range of chamber initiatives in order to bring business owners and leaders together to match Hispanic-owned businesses with companies or agencies at the state, local, or private level to facilitate and increase procurement opportunities and access to capital. The 2007-09 Board will introduce the newly elected Board of Directors.
 
Elected by the membership, the new members of the NAHCC Board will serve a two year term. 
 
The members reception will begin at 5:00 P.M. New memberships and renewal information will be available at the NAHCC member registration desk. Parking at the Nashville City Center building (Corner of Union St. and 6th Ave. )will be availble at $2 dollars. Please mention you are attending the Nashville Hispanic Chamber event to receive the discount for parking. 
 
 
Food sponsors:
 
El Manjar Mexican Restaurant
 (5560 Nolensville Pike Nashville, TN 37211) 
 
Longhorn Steakhouse
 
Village Wines 
 
For more information about NAHCC Annual Membership Meeting and to register to attend please contact Loraine Segovia at NAHCC member services (615) 216-5737 or email: membership@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

 
About the NAHCC:

The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was founded in the year 2000 and has been active in promoting the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs while representing the interests of more than 200 businesses in the greater Nashville area. 
 
NAHCC
Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
530 3rd Avenue South - Suite 5
Nashville, TN 37210
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
02/18/2009
Contact:
Loraine Segovia
Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
615-216-5737
NAHCC to speak about the positive impact of our immigrant population and the importance of federal government to assert its role and preempt state and local immigration enforcement initiatives. The Research & Education Accountability for TN Comptroller's Office to present report about the benefits of immigrant populations in Tennessee
 
The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Department of Education
&
The University of Memphis 
 
Present:
Public Policy Forum
 
 
The Impact of Immigration:
How will Tennessee Address the Challenge

 

War Memorial Auditorium,
 Nashville, TN

Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Luncheon 11 am
Panel Discussion 11:30 - 12:30 pm
 
 
 
Moderated by Jacqueline Laínez, Clinical Programs Director
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
  
 
Panel Participants:
                                                
Michael Hough
ALEC - American Legislative Exchange Council
 
Barry Frager
The Frager Law Firm, P.C.
 
Daron Hall
Davidson County Sheriff
 
Susan Mattson
Research & Education Accountability, TN Comptroller's Office
 
Yuri Cunza
Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

 
Sponsored by:
The Frager Law Firm
The University of Memphis
State University & Community College System of Tennessee
Papasan Public Policy Institute
About the NAHCC:
 
The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization duly incorporated under the law since the year 2000. Through diverse social, economic and cultural events and programs the NAHCC continues promoting the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs while representing the interests of more than 200 businesses in the greater Nashville area. 

For more information about other upcoming NAHCC events and programas please contact Loraine Segovia at NAHCC member services (615) 216-5737 or email: info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com
 

Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The NAHCC Board of Directors Congratulates
 the 2008 Hispanic Heritage Award Recipients
NAHCC
 
From the Tennessean newspaper
Southeast milestones: Hispanic Achievement awards announced 
 (Click on title above for full news report)
 
For event photos and other info please see below
 

Click HERE for the list of previous years recipients of the NAHCC Hispanic Heritage Awards
 
 

Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

NAHCC Presents Awards at Country Music Hall of Fame Ceremony, Mayor Dean proclaims Hispanic Heritage Month

 

Photo by Alfonso Nieto
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NAHCC Chairman Marc Walwyn, Vice-Chairman Luis Bustillos and President Yuri Cunza stant next to Nashville Mayor Karl Dean as he presents a Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation at the NAHCC annual Celebration & Awards Ceremony on October 14th 2008
 

Nashville, TN. - Last Tuesday following a powerful rendition of the National Anthem by Hispanic-American singer Rachel Rodriguez, an eloquent Mayor Karl Dean presented to NAHCC members and guests a Proclamation recognizing "the thousands of Hispanics in Nashville whose love of family, hard work, and sense of community have helped unite us".

The  program continued with the invocation by Pastor Tommy Vallejos, Director of H.O.P.E (Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education) and a message by Fabian Bedne, Raúl Lopez and Santos Gonzales with "Ya Es Hora Tennessee" a grass root Hispanic voter registration and civic awareness group launched earlier this year.

 
 
Below is the list of recipients of the 2008 NAHCC Hispanic Heritage Month Awards:
 
Presenting: Marc Walwyn, Chair NAHCC
 
~ Hispanic Business Advocate Award ~  
  • Santos Gonzalez, Coco Loco Restaurant

~ Hispanic Entrepreneur Achievement Award ~

  • Mario Ramos, Attorney

~ Hispanic Community Advocate of the Year Award ~

  • Gregg Ramos
  • Tom Negri
  • Elliott Ozment  
 

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Tom Negri, Elliott Ozment and Gregg Ramos receive
Hispanic Community Advocate of the Year Awards 
 
Presenting: Brenna Davenport-Leigh, Board member NAHCC

~ Outstanding Arts & Culture Achievement Award ~
  • Nashville Symphony Conductor: Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero

Costa Rican conductor Giancarlo Guerrero was recently appointed Music Director of the Nashville Symphony. He begins his duties in Nashville in the 2008/09 season.


In June 2004, Mr. Guerrero was awarded the Helen M. Thompson Award by the American Symphony Orchestra League, which recognizes outstanding achievement among young conductors nationwide.  
 

Mr. Guerrero holds degrees from Baylor and Northwestern Universities.  Prior to his tenure with the Minnesota Orchestra, he served as music director of the Tachira Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela.

 

Without a doubt Maestro Guerrero is truly an Orgullo Latino!

 

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 From left to right: P.J Tobia, Luis Bustillos, Brenna Davenport-Leigh, Marc Walwyn, Mercedes Suarez, María Payne, Luis Del Rio (COPLA), Claudia Dillard, Ruben de Pena (MNPS), Ginny Pupo Walker(COPLA), David Tiller (SBA) Marilyn Robinson (Nashville Minority Business Center), Gil Veda, Pilar Arrieta and Jorge Yances(Palette), Loraine Segovia, Yuri Cunza, Gregg Ramos, Pastor Tommy Vallejos (H.O.P.E) 

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(non-member awards)

 

Presenting: Luis Bustillos, Vice-Chair NAHCC

 

~ Outstanding Advocacy in Education Award ~

  • COPLA - Committee of Latino Parents

COPLA, Committee of Latino Parents has work hard to bring opportunities for Latino parents to participate more actively in Metro Schools and with Latino students. Through grassroots efforts and dedication COPLA and its leadership have succeeded at engaging members in the community from business to individuals to parents and government.

COPLA hosted the first LO LOGRAMOS highschool graduation event last June thanks to a successful partnership with community and business organizations including Lipscomb University, the YMCA, Conexion Americas and our organization.

Presenting: Loraine Segovia, NAHCC Treasurer
     
~ Outstanding Business Achievement Award ~  
  • Palette Gallery 
Jorge Yances and Pilar Arrieta's Palette Gallery reflects their vision for a more eclectic Nashville.
 
Two years ago, through hard work and dedication they opened and art gallery and café developing a concept that immediately grabbed the attention not only of the residents of Hillsboro Village but the entire community. An accomplished artist native from Colombia Jorge Arrieta created an invaluable opportunity for our and our community raising the profile not only of our Latino Culture but of mainstream American art.

~ Journalism & Hispanic Community Award ~

~Diversity in Journalism Award~

P.J.Tobia, Investigative Journalist 

Presenting: Steve Sabato, Sabato Communications

~ NAHCC Chair's Award ~ 
 
  • State Water Heaters

This award is presenting annually by the NAHCC Chairman in recognition for Outstanding Contributions to Our Community and For Advancing the Work of the NAHCC.

State Waters Heaters Support will allow the NAHCC to continue community educational outreach efforts in 2009.
 
 

Presenting: Marc Walwyn
  
Special Recognitions
 
~Outstanding Leadership and Service Award~
 
Loraine Segovia Paz

Loraine Segovia-Paz has worked tirelessly as  part of diverse initiatives geared to encourage the understanding of diversity in business and community and the economic importance of our multicultural populations.
 
Through her volunteer work she as become and advocate for Latinos and businesses and through her involvement as a member of the board of directors of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce her support has been instrumental in taking the organization to the next level.
 
Loraine Segovia Paz's vision for a more integrated community comes via information and educational as a tool for growth and development. She received the SBA Business Advocate Recognition in 2007. Loraine's advocacy, commitment and passion to bring awareness and education to underserved demographics, led the way to forming partnerships with a variety of organizations in business, health, education and arts and culture.

Loraine Segovia-Paz serves on the Board of Directors of the Comprehensive Care Center a leading in the nation research and treatment center. She also serves on the board of directors of the Red Cross and is actively involved in the developing and strengthening of networks of Latina leaders in education, public health and business.

Since  2006 when she was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Loraine has help the NAHCC achieve its goals for business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation of our Hispanic Community in Tennessee.
 
Presenting: NAHCC Board of Directors
 
~ Appreciation Award ~

Yuri Cunza, NAHCC President

For outstanding leadership and commitment to the NAHCC mission and business community.

Photo by Alfonso Nieto
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NAHCC Vice Chair of the Board Luis Bustillos presents recognition to President Yuri Cunza, (left to right) Holly Spann, Marc Walwyn, Brenna Davenport, Gil Veda, Mercedes Suarez, Dave Henricks, Loraine Segovia.
 
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NAHCC Special Recognitions

  • Marilyn Robinson (Nashville Minority Business Center)
  • Cheri Henderson Tennessee Suppliers Development Council (TNSDC)
  • David Tiller, Small Business Administration (SBA)
NAHCC Award Announcements
  • Latino Arts & Hispanic Filmmaker Award
  • COPLA Scholarship Award

Entertainment

Luna Morena
 
Azucena
 
Giovanni Rios 
 
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Mariachi Viva Mexico
 
Greg Welsch

For additional information please contact the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce by phone: 615-216-5737 or via email: info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com
                                                  
The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was founded in 2001 and actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs while representing the interests of more than 200 businesses in the greater Nashville area.  Please visit www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

 

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NAHCC HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH 2008

Schedule of Events

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2008

Retablos: Miracles on the Border mixed media

5:00-6:30p.m. Opening Reception and Book Signing

4-5 p.m. Pre-ceding Talk on migration with author Jorge Durand author of Miracles on the Border

Location: Buttrick Hall 102, Vanderbilt Campus  
Visit www.vanderbilt.edu/sarrattgallery

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2008

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM A Survey of Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Middle Tennessee

Location: TSU College of Business, Avon Williams Campus - 330 10th Avenue North, 37203


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2008

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Latino Cultural Festival NAHCC and Festival of the Nations (click here for poster)

Coleman Center – Thompson Lane

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2008
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

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18,2008
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

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2008*
7:30p.m. GRUPO FANTASMA
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.
http://www.vanderbilt.edu/greatperformanceshttp://www.grupofantasma.com
Regular Admission $ 28 NAHCC members $16 - Students $10 with valid ID

*In partnership with Vanderbilt's Great Performances

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23,2008
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

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24,2008
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: http://www.ushcc.com/

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2008
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Nashville Youth Entrepreneurship Training Session - Glencliff High school

Sponsored by: U.S Business Administration

                           Dell

                           State Water Heaters

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. http://www.minoritybusinesscenter.com/medweek_registration

*In partnership with Nashville Minority Business Center

MONDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2008

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.

10:30 AM to 12:00 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

1:30 AM – 3 PM Panel Discussion - The Business of Civic Engagement: The Latino Vote in 21st Century America
Coleman Center
Sponsor: Metro Human Relations Commission

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Latina Leader's Luncheon (TICKETED EVENT)
Location: La Hacienda Taqueria y Tortilleria (off site event)


Sponsored by:

Walmart

State Water Heaters

Dell

4:00 PM – 6 PM The Business About New Populations: Alternate Solutions to “English Only” - Panel Discussion
Coleman Center

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2008


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

4 P.M to 5 PM 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 Restaurant
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

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2008
10:00 AM – 4 PM Fiesta de Otoño 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

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 14 ,2008

CLOSING HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH EVENT
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Hispanic Heritage Month Reception (TICKETED EVENT)
Location: Country Music Hall Of Fame - Rotunda

Sponsored by:


Action Nissan

State Water Heaters

Walmart

Healthways

Best Buy

Dell

Enlace Network

AARP

(**)Schedule as of September 30th, 2008 . Schedule subject to change.

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

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Dear NAHCC members and friends, 

NASHVILLE AREA HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INVITES HISPANIC BUSINESS LEADERS, COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, SPANISH MEDIA AND YA ES HORA TENNESSEE! (Now's the Time Tennessee!) SUPPORTERS AND VOLUNTEERS TO JOIN IN A COMMUNITY EFFORT TO REGISTER AND EDUCATE VOTERS

Saturday September 6th, 2008 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 05, 2008

Eligible U.S. Citizens to Register to Vote and Learn How to Use Voting Machine

What:
Hispanic-American Family Festival - Voter Education and Registration Drive

 
When: Saturday, September 6th, 2008 from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
 
Where: Coleman Community Center, 384 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN
 
Why: Latino voters across the United States are expected to be a key constituency in the upcoming elections. 
 
Over nine million Latinos voted in 2004, and up to ten million are expected this year. With education and healthcare as two of the populations most pressing concerns, the Latino vote will impact the election results in November. 

Ya Es Hora Tennessee! launched it's voter education campaign earlier in the summer with the goal to actively educate people about the importance of voting, when and where to vote, and how the process works.
 
The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and members have been active participants and supporters of voting registration awareness efforts throughout the city.

 
To contact Ya Es Hora Tennessee please call or e-mail  Santos Gonzalez, at : dcache100@comcast.net,  cell. 615-403-4488

Be sure to attend, invite others and participate. Thank you.  
 
Sincerely,
 
Yuri Cunza
President
Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
615-216-5737
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Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 40541
Nashville, TN 37204
615-216-5737
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Dear NAHCC members and friends, 

Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invited to participate at the "2008 Marketplace of Opportunities" presented by the Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council. 
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August 27-28, 2008 at the Nashville Convention Center, Nashville, TN

 

You are invited to join fellow NAHCC members today for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with featured speaker Mayor Karl Dean, corporate and minority business event co-chairs, and State Senator Thelma Harper.

After cutting of the ribbon by Mayor Dean, the doors to the Marketplace exhibits in the West Exhibit Hall will open to the Pearl-Cohn High School Marching Band.

Please join NAHCC Chairman Marc Walwyn, Vice-Chair Luis Bustillos and other NAHCC members in support of the Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council attending the conference programs and tour the exhibits!
 

Event:                 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Location:            Nashville Convention  Center     
                           West Exhibit Hall Foyer
Time:                  2:00 - 2:15 p.m.

We appreciate your involvement and look forward to your presence.

Be sure to attend the 2008 Marketplace of opportunities workshops.  

Thank you.
 
Sincerely,
 
Yuri Cunza
President
Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
615-216-5737
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Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 40541
Nashville, TN 37204
615-216-5737
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Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
August 8th, 2008
Mayor Karl Dean appears before Metro Council to speak against effort to amend Metro Charter to designate English as the only language Metropolitan Government will conduct business 
 

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NAHCC members Brenna Davenport, Mercedes Suarez, Araceli Lopez, Luis Sepulveda and Holly Spann listen to Mayor Dean speak against "English-Only"

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NAHCC Board member Holly Spann speaks to community leader Fabian Bedne. Former councilman Ludy Wallace appears in background.

August 8 , 2008 .- The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC) applauds Mayor Karl Dean's "English-Only" address and the leadership of the Metro Council during last night's meeting in voting "YES" to Resolution 2008-402 opposing the English-Only" Metro Charter amendment ballot initiative.

At-Large Councilman Ronnie Steine's resolution passed with the overwhelming support of 25 votes.  The resolution put before the Metro Council was to go on record opposing the "English-Only" ballot initiative.  The resolution requests voters not to sign the petition and if on the November ballot, not to support it.  
 

The 25-8 vote (2 abstentions) reflected efforts by community leaders and organizations that teamed up to express opposition to the notion of passing unwelcoming legislation.  According to Mayor Dean, "English-Only" would have a profound negative impact on the ongoing efforts by the office of Economic and Community Development and the Nashville Chamber of Commerce who work every day to recruit business relocation and expansion to our city.

NAHCC announcements expressed concern regarding the "English-Only" ballot initiative.  We
asked our members to petition their respective Metro Council members to support Steine's resolution which was echoed by a press release sent by the Metro Human Relations Commission.
 
NAHCC and the Metro Human Relations Commission (press announcement here) were joined by individuals, businesses and organizations concerned about the harsh negative impact "English-Only" implementation would have on Nashville 's image as an inclusive and welcoming city.
 
At-Large Council members Jerry Maynard and Megan Berry both displayed genuine leadership and concern in addressing the importance of Council going on record opposing the proposed Charter Amendment ballot initiative.
 
Councilwoman Berry pointed out that the concept of English-Only/English First began in the Council several years ago.  Nashvillians have a right to know where each council member stands on the issue.
 

The leadership and members of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce commend Mayor Karl Dean's response to our concerns and the many voiceless residents of Nashville. Mayor Dean's address last night demonstrated his indisputable commitment to our city and its people.  He defended embracing diversity and inclusiveness, which makes Nashville truly a city for all. 

 
We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Mayor Dean and all the honorable council members who stood in solidarity in opposition to this divisive and mean-spirited proposed Charter Amendment.  We thank them for their commitment to public service and representing all Nashvillians in a manner that makes us proud to call Nashville home.

 
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Charter Amendment ENGLISH-ONLY NOT SUPPORT
 
MOTION TO ADOPT
 
AYE: 25        NO: 8        ABSTAIN: 2       ABSENT: 5
 
PASSED
AYE: 25
 
Garrett          Murray          Moore          Toler
Barry             Jameson        Durbin         Coleman
Tygard          Cole              Gilmore        Todd
Steine           Forkum          Langster      Mitchell
Maynard        Ryman           Evans
Matthews      Burch            Holleman
Hunt             Page             McGuire
 
NO: 8
 
Craddock      Gotto            Baker           Dominy    
Bennett        Clairborne      Crafton         Duvall
 
ABSTAIN: 2
 
Foster
Wilhoite
 
ABSENT:
 
Harrison        Stanley         Hodge
Jennigan       Adkins       
 
To learn more about the NAHCC please visit us online at: www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit business organization. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation.  The work of the NAHCC supports educational causes and the empowerment of entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic market.

 

 

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Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
August 4th, 2008

"English-Only" Metro Charter amendment petition is of grave concern to the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
 
Negative impact will affect Nashville's image as an inclusive and welcoming city.

Click here to contact your Metro Council representative now via e-mail
 

Through the following press announcement the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC), expresses support for Councilman Ronnie Steine's upcoming resolution for the Metro Council to go on record opposing the "English-Only" charter amendment ballot initiative.

English is already the "official and legal language" of Tennessee.  In November of 2006, the Council passed resolution RS2006-1650, clarifying that state law already establishes English as the official language, and expressing concern that further English-only legislation could actually be bad for English acquisition.
 
While no one disputes the importance of learning English, it is of concern to the leadership of the NAHCC the implications of an "English-Only" law.

"The NAHCC is concerned about this proposal's impact to our economy and further economic development. "English Only" will hurt Nashville's tourism from foreign countries - country music is becoming a very popular genre in many foreign countries, many of them Spanish speaking countries- It will put a damper on legal immigration to Nashville" said NAHCC President Yuri Cunza. 


"English Only" is very plainly anti- foreigner - it flashes a loud neon sign to all foreign nationals "NOT WELCOME". This does not represent the friendly and welcoming tradition of Nashville.
 
"Passage of this kind of legislation will damage ongoing efforts by city leaders, neighbors and organizations whose tireless work have made out of Nashville a great place to live, work and visit. Let's not further affect the economic growth and opportunities for our city and its people by showing and unwelcoming side of Nashville that does not reflect its residents" added Cunza.
 
The NAHCC has been instrumental in improving the image of our businesses and the community at large, promoting the importance of creating avenues designed to improve trade and communication levels.
 
"We want to encourage all Council members to support Councilman Steine's resolution as a display of solidarity in standing behind the multitude of important reasons "English Only" would be poor public policy and not good for Nashville" says Luis Bustillos Vice-Chair of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

 
The proposed ballot initiative is "English-only" not "English-first."  The initiative is an attempt to eliminate the use of all non-English languages by Metro government.  The word "only" appears twice in the proposed language, and the word "first" doesn't appear at all.  The outright prohibition is excessive and potentially dangerous.  It will almost certainly be found to violate federal law and the city could end up spending hundreds of thousands of dollars defending this misguided ballot initiative, only to see it struck down in court.
 
The promotion of "English Only" says to new businesses and students considering Nashville that foreign people are not welcome and will not be accommodated.  According to the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Japanese investment alone in Tennessee exceeded $9.4 billion in 2004, creating over 40,000 jobs.
 
"The threat to public safety and the ability of Nashville government to communicate with all city residents would be seriously compromised if this and other similar legislation came to fruition.  Imposing an artificial language barrier will create confusion and make all Nashvillians less safe and divided" added Loraine Segovia a member of the Executive Board of the NAHCC.
 
To learn more about the NAHCC please visit us online at:
 
 
The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit business organization. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation.  The work of the NAHCC supports educational causes and the empowerment of entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic market.

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Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Endorses May Town Center Development in Bells Bend As Economic Engine
 
Nashville, Tennessee --- The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC) announces its endorsement and support to the May Town Center development planned for Bells Bend, citing the $4 billion Smart Growth project as an economic boon for the region that will benefit its members' businesses and customers.  
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"The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce strongly supports May Town Center, a project that will not only positively impact our constituency, but all of Middle Tennessee," said Yuri Cunza, president of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 200 businesses throughout the area. "Our organization sees May Town Center as an opportunity for all communities to come together to address the challenges facing our City by supporting the progressive change embodied by May Town. This project will create new tax dollars to fund city priorities, new high paying jobs and a new model for sustainable development that will benefit us all."
 
May Town Center will provide ample corporate campuses for corporations seeking to relocate to Nashville, in addition to an array of office, retail and residential offerings. The
NAHCC believes the $50 -100 million in projected annual tax revenues and 40,000 new jobs provide a strong argument for the Metro Planning Commission to approve the rezoning necessary as a first step toward making May Town a reality. The Chamber also endorses the Smart Growth aspects of the project which include preserving 900+ acres of land, creating multi-modal transportation opportunities and employing environmentally friendly building techniques throughout the project.   
   
"Nashville is at a pivotal moment and we as a community must make smart development decisions if we're going to continue to grow and thrive.  May Town Center is the epitome of a smart decision," added Cunza.  "On behalf of
NAHCC members and the thousands of hard-working people they employ, we strongly encourage our elected officials and city planners to support May Town Center." 
                                                                                                            
NAHCC members range from small Hispanic owned businesses to major global corporations. The Chamber's mission is to represent the interests of the Hispanic business community and actively pursue opportunities for its members' advancement and economic prosperity. 
 
The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit business organization founded in the year 2000. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation.  Through partnerships the NAHCC creates programs to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic enterpreneur or market.
 
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...from Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Dear NAHCC member and friend,

 
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On Friday, July 4th 2008 the NAHCC releases the following statement in honor of Independence Day
 
 "As we celebrate the anniversary of our nation's independence we give thanks to those courageous men and women who have fought to secure the freedoms we now enjoy.
 
Our thoughts and reflections on this day are in support of our military who through their service, sacrifice and commitment honor the United States safeguarding our freedoms here and abroad.
 
People from all backgrounds have been part of the history of the greatest democracy in the world. What unites us as Americans is not just that we were born on U.S soil but the sharing of common ideals. It is the sense of belonging to a great nation.
 
On July 4th, 2008 we join the country in celebrating and remembering the patriots and the thousands of patriots who have fought for the liberties we now enjoy".
 
On behalf of the Board of Directors
 
Yuri Cunza
President
Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

 
 
 

www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 
PO Box 40541
Nashville, Tennessee 37204
615-216-5737 Office
952-216-5737 Fax

Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and community groups team up in support of COPLA's Graduation Celebration Event

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Founding COPLA members: Ruben de Pena, Ernestina Gonzalez and Luis del Rio.
 
Saturday May 31st 5 P.M
Allen Arena
Lipscomb University
3901 Granny White Pike
Nashville, TN 37204
 
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 23, 2008) -The Comité de Padres Latinos (COPLA), [Committee of Latino Parents], a parents group focusing on communication with MNPS Latino parents, is hosting a Hispanic Student Graduation Celebration Event for the Class of 2008.

More than 200 MNPS Hispanic students graduating from high school this year will be honored, along with their parents, starting 5 p.m. Mayor Karl Dean has confirmed his participation and will speak at the event.

The community stakeholders working with COPLA for this year's event include the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Lipscomb University , Harding Place Family YMCA-Hispanic Achievers and other local Hispanic organizations.

The COPLA board voted to host this type of event every year under the theme:
 
¡Lo Logramos! (We Made It!).
 
"It's nice to see so many great leaders working together to ensure this event produces a memorable experience for our graduating students and their families," said Ernestina González, COPLA chair. "We believe that by publicly acknowledging these students' success every year, this would produce an inspiring ripple effect in our younger children, our community and beyond."

COPLA was organized two years ago to help build relationships with the parents of Hispanic students, who comprise more than 14% of the district's student population. The organization meets monthly to share information and resources available to Spanish-speaking families, as well as develop ways to educate families on the important role of parental involvement in student success.

Metro Nashville Public Schools provide a range of educational opportunities to more than 75,000 students in Nashville and Davidson County. The governing body for MNPS is the Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Board of Public Education, a nine-member group elected by residents of Metropolitan Nashville.
 

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Allen Arena at Lipscom University

Guest speakers include Mayor Karl Dean, Lipscomb University President Dr. L. Randolph Lowry, Attorney Gregg Ramos, NAHCC President Yuri Cunza and others.

Pastor Tommy Vallejos representing NAHCC's Clarksville based partner organization H.O.P.E will be the keynote speaker.

The food will be provided by the generous contribution of the following members and supporters of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce:

El 7 Mares Restaurant
Eduardo y Roxana Moreno
 
El Manjar Restaurant
Maria Teresa Araceli Lopez
 
Rio Grande Market
Fernando Leon
 
Delicias Produce Inc.
Rosa Araceli Lozano
 
Star Roofing Inc
Sergio Rivera
 
Latina Bakery
Hermelinda Avilez
 
Coco Loco night club
Santos Gonzalez
 
El Sol Bakery
Soledad Cerritos
 
Alfonso Nieto/Advertising/Marketing
 
La Espiga Bakery
Fernando y Guadalupe Maldonado
 
Ad Pro/ Maria Payne
 
La Hacienda Tortilleria
Lillian y Carlos Yepes
 
G.O. Masonry

For more information about COPLA please contact Ernestina Gonzalez at 615-831-2967

* A substantial portion of this message comes from information provided through a MNPS press release.
Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 40541
Nashville, Tennessee 37204
615-216-5737

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 NAHCC Hosts Employer Compliance Assistance Forum with U.S DOL at Devry University in south Nashville

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From left to right.-NAHCC member Paul Van Coten (The New Immigrant's Manual), John Pietuzka (TOSHA), William Cochran (OSHA), Nina Wright (ESA-Wage & Hour Division DOL), Dominique Smith, Small Business Regulatory Compliance Advisor (U.S Department of Labor), Duane Dominy (Metro Councilman), Luis Bustillos, NAHCC Vice Chair, Kenneth Riggins, Benefits Advisor U.S Dept of Labor-Atlanta Office, NAHCC board member Mercedes Suarez (Park Avenue Cleaners), Yuri Cunza NAHCC President, NAHCC member Elizabeth Valdez-Adamsky (H.O.P.E)

NAHCC Hosts Employer Compliance Assistance Forum on May 13th, 2008
DeVry University

3343 Perimeter Hill Drive, Ste. 200  Nashville, TN 37211

 

The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host a "Employer Compliance Assistance Forum," Tuesday, May 13 from 3-6 p.m. at DeVry University.

The forum will offer information to small business owners regarding occupational safety and health, labor and employment issues. Employers may receive information on the latest regarding Department of Labor rules on minimum wage, overtime, fair labor standards, workplace safety and employee health and pension benefits.


Other forum sponsors are the Small Business Development Center at Tennessee State University; the Small Business Administration; and the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Small Business Programs.

To RSVP please e-mail: RSVP@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

For more information, contact the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at 216-5737 or visit www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com or call the Small Business Development Center at Tennessee State University at 963-7179 or visit www.nashvillesbdc.org.

For a link to the Tennessean newspaper article click here

 

 

A Special Statewide Driving Safety Message For Cinco de Mayo
 
 
 

V.O by Trooper Michael Perez

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Click the above link for a Spanish version of the Radio PSA voiced by Trooper Michael Perez.  
 
The NAHCC appreciates the efforts of The Department of Safety and Tennessee Highway Patrol in communicating safe driving on our roadways.  
 
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NAHCC 2008 Member Benefits and Programs

  • Year-round Business Literacy Programs
  • Local, state and federal small business contacts and resources
  • Minority Business Procurement/Registration
  • SBA loans - Trainning and Business Planning
  • SCORE trainning sessions
  • Business to Business (Negocio a Negocio)
  • "Contactos" - NAHCC Business Directory Exploring a world of opportunities within our membership
  • Membership Benefits NAHCC+ card
  • EDUCANDO Series (Safety 4 All & Taking Control)
  • To learn about sponsorship opportunities please contact our Corporate Sponsorship Department at info@nashvillehispanicchamber.con

    NAHCC announces the "2009 Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Award For Best Film By A Hispanic Filmmaker" at Nashville Film Festival (NaFF)

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    NAHCC members from left to right: Carlos Griffin, Roberto Carvajal, Dr.Alicia Griffin, Loraine Segovia, filmmaker Gustavo Vezquez, Maria Payne, Yuri Cunza at the "Celebrating Hispanic Filmmakers Reception" event held at NaFF on Wednesday April 23rd 2008


    For several years the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has been a proud supporter of the Nashville Film Festival. Approaching its 40th anniversary NaFF is the longest-running film festival in the Southeast and it is considered by industry experts as one of the best 10 film festivals in the country. Next year NaFF promises to continue offering one of the most unique, memorable, multicultural and enriching experiences that the city of Nashville can offer. 
     
    "Understanding the importance that NaFF plays in the cultural and economic development of our city and state, the NAHCC is offering an additional award incentive to Hispanic Filmmakers and their films from all over the world in competition starting next year. The "NAHCC Best Film by a Hispanic Filmmaker Award" will include a cash prize and a powerful message to the world: Nashville is a city that values, appreciates and respects diversity, a place where we all are invited to embrace and celebrate it!" said Yuri Cunza, President of the NAHCC a Nashville based Hispanic business organization as it celebrates it's 8th year anniversary.
     
    More than 240 films from all over the world will be screened to an estimated audience of 25,000 people in eight days of festival. Through the years NaFF has attracted Hispanic filmmakers of the stature of Edward James Olmos and Juan Carlos Saldivar as well as Hollywood actors such as William H. Macy, Kiefer Sutherland, Peter Falk and Vincent D'onofrio.  
     
    On Wednesday, April 23, 2008 NAHCC members and guests were invited to attend a VIP meet and greet party in Honor of Cine Latino with "Que viva La Lucha: Wrestling in Tijuana" mexican director Gustavo Vazquez. Local Hispanic filmmaker Carlos Griffin in attendance screened his newest immigration themed film "The Mother Hen" prior to "Que Viva La Lucha".

    Other Hispanic themed films include Jose Luis Guerin's City of Sylvia, the Billy Collins Jr. vs. Luis Resto boxing scandal documentary "Cornered" and Mexican director Enrique Begne's "Two Embraces".
     
    Through the ongoing partnership between the Nashville Film Festival and the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, members can get special movie previews, and other benefits including discounts when ordering online at
    www.nashvillefilmfestival.org
     
    Honoring Hispanic Filmmakers Reception  hosted by Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce members: El Manjar Mexican Restaurant (5560 Nolensville Road, TN 37211 (615) 833-3716) and Nola's Uruguay and Argentine Restaurant (2912 West End Ave. TN 37203 (615) 341-3693)
     
    To learn about NaFF please visit
    www.nashvillefilmfestival.org

    For more information about the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce please visit us online at: www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com


    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    PO Box 40541
    Nashville, Tennessee 37204
    615-216-5737

     
    Visit the NAHCC online at:  www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation.  Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to Board of Director's approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic enterpreneur or market.

    ***IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT***

    Below is the list of the NAHCC / Tom Black Center for Management: "Mega Success Event" scholarship recipients:

    • Pastor Tommy Vallejos/Mentor (Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education-H.O.P.E)
    • Liz Natal/Student (Austin Peay State University)
    • Hernan Barenboim/Mentor (Exchange Club Family Center)
    • Joseph Vazquez/Estudent  (Austin Peay State University)
    • Loraine Segovia/Mentor (Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)
    • José-Fernando Discua (Overton Highschool via COPLA and Primera Iglesia Bautista de Nashville)

    Mega Success Event - April, 17th, 2008 from 8 to 6:30 P.M

    Time:      8:00 A.M
    Location: Opryland Hotel-Presidential       

                  Ballroom Section D
                 
    2800 Opryland Drive
                  Nashville, Tennessee 37214

    Congratulations to all participating students and special thanks to our members and mentors who stepped forward to volunteer for this event.

    Members of the media interested in attending the event tomorrow please e-mail us at info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com or call 615-582-3757 cel. or 615-216-5737 office

    Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Yuri Cunza, President

     

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    April 07, 2008

     Horatio Alger Distinguished Americans Honoree Mark Victor Hansen Offers VIP Scholarships To Hispanic Youth For One-Day Mega Success Event Through NAHCC In Nashville

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    Chicken Soup for the Soul author, Mark Victor Hansen is one of the best known and most respected authorities in the area of human potential. For over 30 years, Mark has created change for people around the world by reshaping their vision of what's possible.

    Hansen believes this is especially true with America's youth. He personally mentors promising teens that would not otherwise have the opportunity to grow to their potential.

    In that spirit, and with the support of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mark's upcoming Mega Success event at Opryland Hotel on April 17th will be extra special because of the promising Hispanic youth who will be attending as Mark's VIP guests for the day.

    As a partner of the Mega Success event, Executive Director of the Tom Black Center for Selling and former NAHCC board member, Shannon Kasakevics, CMP comments, " I strongly believe that this opportunity will greatly impact the lives of the Hispanic students in attendance and will place them on the fast track to success which includes the promise of giving back to the community in a meaningful way".

    President of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC), Yuri Cunza noted that, "To positively impact America as a whole, we need to teach the individual youth of our nation that with the right perspective, opportunity, and tools, anyone with a dream can achieve greatness.  However, we live in a world of some harsh realities that we must overcome to achieve success. According to Population Resource Center, in 2000, 47% of Hispanic Youth ages 25-29 did not graduate high school and of those that did graduate, only 10% had a college degree. These numbers have improved somewhat since 2000, largely due to the efforts of local Hispanic chambers and associations, but there is still a lot of work to be done within the Hispanic community. I believe that even one powerful day of mentoring can literally make the difference between good and great".

    "The Hispanic community provides one of the greatest opportunities for the next wave of American genius. It is an opportunity that should be nurtured and developed for our continued economic success in an increasingly competitive global economy. There is phenomenal potential for Hispanic youth", says Mark Victor Hansen.

    The Mark Victor Hansen Foundation provides youth scholarships and gives access to the great thinkers, motivators and producers of our time through his Mega Seminar Series.

    Based in Nashville, Tenn., The Tom Black Center for Selling, a member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) offers customized sales training services to national clients of all sizes in a wide range of fields. Areas of specialization include basic sales skills, key account strategies, sales management training, and keynote speeches. For more information, visit www.tomblackcenter.com or call (615) 377-7752.

    CLICK HERE TO ORDER AT EXCLUSIVE NAHCC DISCOUNTED RATES

     
    If you are interested in learning about how to get one of the seven (7) NAHCC-Mega Success Scholarships please call our HOTLINE at:
     
    615-346-9278
     
    NAHCC
    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    530 Third Avenue South
    Nashville, TN 37210
    Visit the NAHCC online at:  www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

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    April 07, 2008

    La Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Nashville ( NAHCC) y Mark Victor Hansen, ganador del premio Horatio Alger ofrece Becas VIP a Jóvenes Hispanos de Tennessee para un Mega Éxito Evento de Un-Día.

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    Mark Victor Hansen, autor de Sopa de Pollo para el alma (Chicken Soup for the Soul), es uno de los más reconocidos y más respetadas autoridades en el área del potencial humano. Por más de 30 anos, Mark ha creado cambios para la gente alrededor del mundo  por medio del rediseño  de su visión de lo que es posibleEl cree que esto es especialmente cierto  en la juventud americana. Personalmente el es mentor de adolecentes con mucho potencial, que  sin él no tendrían la oportunidad de poder desarrollarlo.

    Y con ese propósito y contando con el apoyo de la Cámara Hispana de Comercio del Área de Nashville (NAHCC-por sus siglas en Ingles), el Evento de Mega Success - Mega Éxito a llevarse a cabo  este 17 de abril en el Opryland Hotel será extra especial debido a  la asistencia de jóvenes hispanos que tienen un gran potencial, quienes asistirán como  sus invitados VIP.

    Shannon Martinez Kasakevics , Director Ejecutivo del Tom Black Center for Selling, organización participe en este evento Mega Succes-Mega Éxito y Ex Miembra del Directorio de la Cámara Hispana de Nashville dijo, "Creo fehacientemente que esta oportunidad será de mucho beneficio en la vida de estos estudiantes y los colocara en el camino para llegar más rápido al éxito, lo cual incluye poder devolver y contribuir a la comunidad en una forma positiva"

    Yuri Cunza, Presidente de la Cámara Hispana de Comercio de Nashville ( NAHCC) dijo, "Que para poder contribuir a los EEUU en una forma positiva, necesitamos enseñar a nuestros jóvenes, que con la acertada  visión, oportunidad y conocimiento, cualquiera que tenga un sueño podrá conseguirlo. Sin embargo, vivimos en un mundo de cruel realidades, las cuales debemos aprender a sobrellevar  para poder llegar al éxito. De acuerdo a las estadísticas del Population  Resource Center (por sus siglas en Ingles), en el año 2000, el 47% de los jóvenes hispanos, entre las edades de 25-29 no se graduó de la escuela secundaria y de aquellos que si se graduaron, solo el 10% obtuvo un grado universitario. Desde el 2000 estos números han mejorado, debido al apoyo y esfuerzos de Cámaras de Comercio Hispanas y de otras asociaciones, sin embargo existe aún un montón de trabajo a realizarse en la comunidad hispana. Creo que incluso tan solo  un día de mentoreo puede literalmente crear cambios entre ser bueno y excelente"

    "La comunidad hispana provee una de las mas grandiosas oportunidades para la siguiente oleada de genios americanos. Es una oportunidad que debe ser incubada y desarrollada para continuar nuestro desarrollo económico en esta creciente competencia global de economía. Existe una grandioso potencial en la juventud hispana" dijo Mark.

    La Fundación de Mark Victor Hansen provee becas a la juventud y además les dará acceso a los grandes pensadores, motivadores y productores de nuestros tiempos por medio de sus series de Mega Success- Mega Éxito.

    Con residencia en Nashville, TN. El Centro para las Ventas de Tom Black, y miembro de la asociación de presentadores (National Speaker Association) ofrece cursos de entrenamiento en ventas  a clientes a nivel nacional en una variada rama de compañías y especialidades. Áreas de especialización incluyen conocimientos básicos de ventas, Principales cuentas estratégicas, Entrenamiento de Ventas a nivel Gerencial, y conferencia principales e importantes. Para mayor informes, visite www.tomblackcenter.com o llame 615.377.7752.

    HAGA CLICK AQUI PARA PODER REGISTRARSE CON UN DESCUENTO EXCLUSIVO POR MEDIO DE LA NAHCC

     

    Si usted está interesado en recibir mas información de cómo obtener una

    BECA VIP para este evento Mega Success - Mega Éxito, comunique con

    la línea: 615-346-9278

    Camara de Comercio Hispana del Area de Nashville (NAHCC)

    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

    530 Third Avenue South

    Nashville, TN 37210

     

    Para mayores informes visite:  www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    Visit the NAHCC online at:  www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation.  Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to Board of Director's approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic enterpreneur or market.


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    April 11th, 2008
    Contact:
    Loraine Segovia
    615-216-5737
    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce reacts to state attorney general's opinion 

     Criminalizing pay to undocumented workers deemed unconstitutional

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC), the largest and most influential advocate for Hispanic owned businesses in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, issued the following statement from its leadership in response to the state attorney general's opinion on a legislative proposal to make it a crime for undocumented immigrants to accept pay for working.

     

    NAHHC commends the Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper for his determination that the "Involuntary Servitude" Bill by Sen. Haynes and Rep. Turner is unconstitutional. This bill directly interferes with the enforcement of the Federal Labors Standards Act which protects worker's rights.

    Both Sen. Haynes and Rep. Turner are experienced enough to know that slavery was outlawed 150 years ago. Our country fought a civil war and saw its greatest president assassinated to rid our country of the blight of slavery. The proposed legislation threatened to set our state back 150 years until Attorney General Cooper intervened with his excellent legal opinion.

     
    Tennessee has enough problems with unscrupulous employers cheating immigrant workers by paying wages less than the minimum wage and refusing to pay overtime. Our state certainly did not need to add to these cruelties the additional indignity of slavery.
     

    In the process of addressing the frustrating issue of a broken immigration system we must be careful that our state government does not disregard or interfere with existing federal laws.

     

    As Nashville's leading voice for Hispanic businesses, the NAHCC recognizes the need to have secure borders that remain open to trade and business, we reaffirm the need for a guest worker program that would match willing foreign workers with willing U.S. employers securing jobs that suffer from a shortage of a qualified and available labor force.

     

    The Tennessee Legislature goes to great lengths each year to criminalize immigrants. What many do not realize is that 40% of undocumented immigrants have committed no crime because they legally entered the country and overstayed their visas (which is not a crime). For the other 60%, the fact is that the federal government for years "winked and nodded" as immigrants crossed the border without documentation because the government knew U.S. employers needed the additional labor force they could not get because of the unreasonably restrictive numerical limits of work visas.

     

    As responsible Americans we cannot continue indifferent to the struggle of millions of undocumented workers forced to live in the shadows. This is the reality of our nation and we can not longer deny or ignore it.

     
    It is of utmost importance that we team up in our efforts to push our federal government to pass a comprehensive immigration reform designed to improve our nation's security without affecting our economic prosperity.
     

    A guest worker program is a critical component in securing a strong, viable workforce to meet the demands of our growing and highly diverse economy. The proposal of draconian, unrealistic and unenforceable laws will only result in wasteful expenditures, encourage profiling, threatens to separate families and further disrupt our economy.

     

    On behalf of the NAHCC,


     

    Yuri Cunza

    President
     
     
     

    You Are Invited To Celebrate With Us!!

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    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC) is a proud sponsor of the 2008 Cine Latino at Nashville Film Festival (NaFF)

    April 17th to the 24th, 2008
    at the Green Hills Regal 16 Cinemas.
     
    Ticket holders will be invited to attend a VIP party* hosted by the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with special guest "Que viva La Lucha: Wrestling in Tijuana" director Gustavo Vazquez prior to the screening of the movie on Wednesday, April 23, 5-6:30pm. 
     
    ANNOUNCING: "The Mother Hen" the new picture from local Hispanic filmmaker Carlos Griffin will be screened on April 22nd at 7:00PM, April 23rd. at 7:15 PM and on Thursday the 24th. at 2:30 and at 9:00PM.
     
    Members and friends of the NAHCC can get a exclusive member discount when ordering online at www.nashvillefilmfestival.org make sure to use the promo code available at the end of our NaFF video spot
     
    * Admission to VIP reception is FREE to "Que Viva la Lucha" ticket holders and NAHCC members. Delicious coffee provided by Pallette Gallery 2119 Belcourt, Nashville, TN 37212
     
    *** SPECIAL CINE LATINO PREVIEW EVENT ***
    You and a Guest are cordially invited to the Pallette Gallery & Cafe for a special reception being hosted in honor of the Nashville Film Festival's Hispanic Filmmaker Celebration.
    Thursday, April 10th
    6:00-7:30 P.M

    There'll be Live Entertainment, Film Preview, and Delectable Food
    PALLETTE GALLERY is located in Hillsboro Village at:
    2119 Belcourt Avenue Nashville, TN 37212 (615) 269-4782
    RSVP by Monday, April 7th (615)327-0100 or kay.waggoner@plamedia.com       www.PalletteGalleryCafe.com

     

     

     

    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invited to White House issues briefing as part of the USHCC 18th Annual Legislative Conference March 11-13th in Washington, D.C.

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    Region VI Board member representing Puerto Rico Ignacio Veloz with Yuri Cunza, NAHCC President at the Latina Leaders Reception (March 11, 2008)

     

    NAHCC President Yuri Cunza, NAHCC board members Loraine Segovia, Luis Sepulveda and others will hear remarks by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce membership on March 12, 2008. This is the third time a U.S. President addresses USHCC Legislative Conference and representatives of nation's 2.5 million Hispanic businesses.

     

    Location: Ronald Reagan Building - Amphitheater
    1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW - Washington, D.C. 20002

     

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    Greater Dallas (TX) Hispanic Chamber board member Theresa A. Flores (middle) with delegation.

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    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber and the SBA have established a Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) approved recently by the Central Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington , D.C.  
     
    In the agreement, the NAHCCand SBA will work together to help prospective entrepreneurs start, maintain and expand their businesses, through workshops, access to SBA's website, www.sba.gov and www.sba.gov/espanol --along with the Chambers' access to SBA's resource partners including the Service Corps of Retired Executives and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center network. An official signing ceremony for the Strategic Alliance Memorandum between the Chamber and SBA will be held at the next Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber meeting. www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com
     
    IN SPANISH
     
    La Cámara de Comercio Hispana de Nashville y el SBA (Small Business Administration -por sus siglas en ingles) han establecido un Memorándum de Alianza Estratégica (SAM - por sus siglas en ingles) aprobado recientemente por la Central Office of the U.S. Small Businesss Administration en Washington D.C. 
     
    Por medio de este acuerdo entre la Cámara y el SBA trabajarán conjuntamente para ayudar a prospectos empresarios en el empezar, mantener y expandir sus negocios a través de cursos capacitacionales, acceder al sitio del SBA www.sba.gov y www.sba.gov/espanol-- además de poder acceder por medio de la cámara a los aliados de la oficina de SBA como ser:  Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) y el Tennessee Small Business Development Center network (por sus siglas en ingles).
     
    El acto oficial de este acuerdo mutuo será firmado en la siguiente reunión de la Cámara Hispana de Nashville.
     
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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a participant at Nashville Chamber of Commerce's Prosperity Project Data Teams:

     

    NAHCC is a participant in NCC's Prosperous and Mobile project chaired by Howard Gentry.

     

    Next NAHCC Community Outreach and Participation meeting will be on Thursday, March 27. If you are a member interested in participating please contact Alejandra Pena at NAHCC office of Member Services and Programs at 615-216-5737 or send us an email: RSVP@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

     

     

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    NAHCC and the Governors Highway Safety Office launch SEGURIDAD PARA TODOS ~Safety For All~ April through July 2008


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    Driving Awareness program made possible thanks to the support of the Governors Highways Safety Office.
     
    Educational Forums will be held in the following cities:

    Shelbyville, Clarksville, Murfreesboro, Columbia and Nashville.
     
    A series of informational sessions in partnership with Hispanic community organizations, churches and schools.
     
    Partners include Tennessee Human Rights Commission, Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education (H.O.P.E), Nashville Film Festival and others.
     

    Presentations of Seguridad Para Todos will be scheduled during the months of March through December 2008 with the support and participation of church and community leaders.
     
    Seguridad Para Todos is a Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce informational program made possible with the support of the Governor's Highway Safety Office.
     
    Selected partnerts from around the Nashville and the Middle Tennessee areas have agreed to participate in conducting and facilitating sessions through the year.
     
    Seguridad Para Todos helps create a solid information sharing network of support for Spanish speaking communities.
     
    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Education and Community Outreach department will monitor sessions to measure the impact, interest, level of engagement and participation of attendees.
     
    Through Seguridad Para Todos the NAHCC and the GHSO are determined to help save lives and bring families together.
     
    Seguridad Para Todos is a blueprint for further outreach into other Hispanic communities that might benefit from this type of community organization / educational forum. It could easily be repeated in other parts of Tennessee with large concentrations of Hispanic citizens and might also be reworked to be of service to other ethnic communities that have other cultural issues they deal with during the process of assimilation as they learn to drive safely in Tennessee.  
     
    To become a partner on this effort please contact Loraine Segovia at: 615-216-5737 or send us an e-mail: info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

     

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    Solo Nashville Telefutura channel 42 signs up as a Community Educational Sponsor at recent NAHCC Annual Membership meeting.
     
    Jim Bauman, managing member of Solo Nashville Telefutura Channel 42 pledged support to NAHCC educational initiatives for 2008-2009 renewing its membership at the Community Sponsor level.
     
    Telefutura 42, the first Spanish-language television channel to appear and operate in our market, since 2004 has been broadcasting Spanish Language programs including local news.
     
    Solo Nashville launched Feb. 18 2004 on broadcast Channel 42 airing programming from TeleFutura Network, a sister channel of Univision Communications Inc.
     
    News briefs,  Metro Minutes  (produced in collaboration with MNPS) and public services announcements such as school closings are part of their regular broadcast.
     
    To learn more about Telefutura Channel 42 please visit : www.solonashville.net
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    Annual Meeting: NAHCC Chairman's Message to Members

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    NAHCC Chairman Marc Walwyn addresses the membership at DeVry University
     
    Dear members,
     
    Last year has been both challenging and exciting for the NAHCC. Re energized by our successes  we at the NAHCC will continue the work that will strengthen our Hispanic businesses and aggressively move the NAHCC forward.
     
    This work cannot be done unless we all team up JUNTOS, because TOGETHER we can make a difference.
     
    Serving as NAHCC Chairman has given me the opportunity to work with our Board of Directors to move the organization towards financial self-sufficiency.
     
    This is a hard task for any volunteer board; I am very appreciative to those who have invested time and effort to advance the work of the NAHCC.
     
    To our Board, President, staff and volunteers: THANK YOU for your determination and hard work.
     
    Highlights from last year include our increased our influence and participation with the mainstream business community and government. We are here to serve our members, but to serve our members we are to work diligently, creating opportunities, building the much needed trust, creating a bridge between communities. In order to move forward the PARTICIPATION of all of us is needed.
     
    To our members and supporters who helped us this past year, we THANK YOU for your time and commitment. JUNTOS we are creating a better Nashville for all.
     
    Gracias
    Marc Walwyn
    NAHCC Chair 2006-2008
     
    IN SPANISH
     

    Estimados miembros,
     
    Este año pasado 2007 nos ha ofrecido retos y logros como cámara de comercio. Re-energizados por nuestros logros continuaremos fortaleciendo a nuestros negocios hispanos y enérgicamente podremos llevar a nuestra cámara de comercio hispana a un nivel mayor.
     
    Esta labor no podrá ser realizada a menos que nosotros nos UNAMOS, porque UNIDOS podemos hacer la diferencia.
     
    Servir a cargo de la directiva de la Cámara hispana de comercio me ha brindado la oportunidad de trabajar con nuestros miembros de la directiva y juntos llevar a la cámara a un nivel de auto suficiencia económica. Esta es una labor difícil a realizar por cualquier Directorio Ejecutivo voluntario.
     
    Agradezco a todos aquellos quienes estuvieron dispuestos de dar de su tiempo y esfuerzo para poder lograr el avance de NAHCC.
     
    A nuesta junta, Presidente, empleados y voluntarios: GRACIAS por su determinacion y trabajo duro.
     
    Algunos de nuestros aciertos en el año pasado incluye el haber incrementado nuestra influencia y participacion dentro de la comunidad de negocios en general y gobierno. Estamos aqui con el único propósito de servir a nuestros miembros. Pero para poder servirles, deberemos trabajar diligentemente, creando oportunidades, construyendo esa confianza necesaria que debe existir, y creando lazos entre comunidades. Para poder avanzar todos juntos, la PARTICIPACION de todos nosotros es necesaria.
     
    A nuestros miembros y amigos que nos ayudaron este año pasado, GRACIAS por su tiempo y dedicacion. JUNTOS estamos creando un mejor Nashville para todos.
     
    Marc Walwyn
    NAHCC Chair 2006-2008
     
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    NAHCC is proud to be a partner on the Advisory Board comprised of community members, faculty/staff, partners, and supporters of Glencliff High school.

     

    Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is going through a transformation consisting of career and small learning community reform.

     

    For more information please email Community Resource coordinator Kevin.dyson@mnps.org or call 615-333-5070 ext. 345 or e-mail us at info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

     

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    Are you thinking of starting a business?

     

    Join the leading Hispanic business organization in middle Tennessee.

     

    Become a member of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce AHORA!

     

    Membership benefits include:

     

    Management Assistance:  Guidance for individual and group certifications; business strategies, information on structure and markets; identification of strategic partners, ABC on business loans.

     

    Procurement Assistance:  Building relationships with government contract officers and corporate purchasing managers; marketing strategies that bring results; securing businesses opportunities from federal, state, city and corporate entities.

     

    Minority Business Matchmaking:  Matching MBEs with the right contracting officers and buyers based on specific needs of purchasing entities.

     

    The NAHCC is dedicated to serve its members. If you are interested in joining please contact our office at 615-216-5737. Or e-mail us at info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

     

    Visit us online at: www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

     

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    $6.5 MILLION IN STATE LOANS, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

    AVAILABLE FOR SMALL AND MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES

    Statewide Program Provides Loans Up To $125,000

    With the arrival of the new year comes an exciting new program for small-business owners, courtesy of the General Assembly --- the Small and Minority-Owned Business (SMOB) Assistance Program. The State of Tennessee Treasury Department is responsible for administration of the SMOB program.

    The Legislative Black Caucus of the Tennessee General Assembly was instrumental in the creation and development of this program geared toward helping any qualified small businesses and minority-owned businesses move to their next level of growth.

    The program consists of two components: A $6.5 million loan pool and program services. The loans, up to $125,000, must be used for specific projects such as acquisition of machinery and equipment, working capital, supplies and materials, inventory and other specific business-related activity. 

    On the program services side, current or potential business owners can receive assistance with policies and procedures, financial assessments, cash flow analysis and other business assistance they may need to successfully launch or improve their business.

    The program was developed to help small businesses that do not have reasonable access to traditional commercial lending resources. The Southeast Tennessee Development District, located in Chattanooga, TN, has been selected by the Treasury Department to administer this program. This program increases the opportunity to access the capital needed to start or to expand a small business. It is the State's goal for there to be benefit from the program in all of Tennessee's 95 counties.

    According to She'rri McClellan, Director of SMOB, "this small-business program is for people who are thinking about starting a business and need a business plan; and also for those who have a business but need help developing the company to make it more competitive." McClellan notes that a very important function of the SMOB program is to remove the roadblocks that usually occur when entrepreneurs try to establish or grow a small business.

    Rather than using standard commercial banks to provide loan services, the State of Tennessee Treasury Department has contracted with select lenders around the state to originate and service loans to businesses that qualify for participation in the program. The lenders for this program have different underwriting criteria than conventional lenders and they are highly sensitive to the hurdles faced by many small-business owners and minority-owned businesses.

    Qualified business owners interested in participating in the program should begin by completing the forms on the SMOB website-www.tnsmob.org--and submit them.

    Another option for contact is by phone at (866) 918-7360. Once the forms are reviewed, owners will be contacted and advised of the next steps required to move forward in the process. Depending on the stage of development of the business, owners may be directed to local organizations for further technical assistance to become fully prepared to launch their business, or they may be prepared to a point of readiness that they can apply for a loan immediately.

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    Educational Programs/Members News

     

    Via NAHCC member Frank Guzman Special Projects Coordinator with the Tennessee Human Rights Commission

     

    Attention Tennessee real estate license holders: Tennessee Fair Housing Council is having a housing conference in April. Participants can get 8 hours of continuing education credits for attending. Best of all it only costs $65.00.

     

    Please contact Tracy Mc Cartney or sign up at the following website http://www.tnfairhousingmatters.net


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    NAHCC member Volunteer State Community College is holding a Hispanic Family Education Night in Madison

     

    Tuesday, April 22 from 5:30pm to 8pm.

     

    Abraham Olivera Spanish language minister at the Madison Church of Christ is the main contact for the event. He can be reached at 865-2695.

     

    The NAHCC appreciates the efforts of Eric Melcher Communications and Public Relations Coordinator for Volunteer State Community College and is thankful for the opportunity to be a partner in this event.

     

    For more information please call Eric Melcher at 615-230-3570 or via e-mail: Eric.melcher@volstate.edu or NAHCC Education Committee Chair Luis Bustillos or vice-chair Loraine Segovia at info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

     

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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce partners with the Tennessee Restaurant Association


    NAHCC members can now take advantage of a new benefit. Beginning April 1st 2008 NAHCC restaurateur members joining the TRA will get a 10% discount from the joining fees. If you own or manage a restaurant and would like more information please contact us via e-mail at: info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

     

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    "CommunityExpress Loan Workshop"

     

    Need a $5K, $10K, $15K, $20K or $25K Small Business Loan?

    Learn step-by-step how to apply for an U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Community Express Loan through Superior Financial Group - Working Capital Loans at $5,000, $10,000, $15,000, $20,000 or $25,000*.  This is NOT a credit card loan:  these are SBA-guaranteed loans, payable over 10 years (no prepayment penalty) - all from an SBA-guaranteed lender, Superior Financial Group!
     

    Applications may be completed on the spot.  Full-time or part-time businesses are eligible! If your business is a start-up, construction, home based, internet, or an existing business looking to expand

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    Reservations not required- there is not a fee to attend, but space is limited.


    For additional info please contact David Tiller SBA-Tennessee District Office at 615-736-7176

     

    SBA's Service Corps of Retired Executives-SCORE-and the state of Tennessee Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO) will present a Community Express Loan Workshop on Thursday, March 20th in Nashville . 

     

    The event will take place at 10:00AM and again at 2:00PM at The Career Center , on the corner of Rosa Parks Blvd. and Athens Way in Metro Center , 2200 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.   Loans of from $5,000 to  $25,000 can be applied for in person with no tax returns, no collateral and no financial statements required. Bring a business checkbook, photo ID and evidence of LPRA status if you will apply in person for this loan.  Most applicants who are accepted for the loan receive their money in less than 10 days. Last year, over 400 of these loans were processed in Tennessee . The March 20th event is free-both sessions.

     

    For more information on this event, contact SBA's Public Information Director, David Tiller, (615) 736-7176.
     

    IN SPANISH
     

    La oficina de  Service Corp of Retired Executives- SCORE- aliado del SBA y el Tennessee Business Enterprise Resource Office (BERO) (por sus siglas en ingles) presentara este jueves, 20 de marzo cursos de Prestamos Rápidos para la comunidad en Nashville.

     

    Este evento se llevará a cabo a las 10.00 a.m. y a las 2.00 p.m.en el The Career Center ( por sus siglas en ingles), localizado en Rosa Parks Blvd. y Athens Way en Metro Center, 2200 rosa L. Parks Bldv.  Los participantes podrán aplicar en persona para prestamos desde $5,000 hasta $25,000. No presentación de Impuestos, no garantía y no estados financieros son requeridos. Traiga su chequera de negocios, Identificación Personal, y evidencia del estatus de LPRA  si usted fuese a aplicar en persona por este préstamo. La mayoría de los aplicantes para este tipo de préstamos recibirán el dinero en menos de 10 días. El año pasado, mas de 400 préstamos fueron procesados en Tennessee. Este evento a realizarse este 20 de marzo es gratuito en ambas sesiones. Para mayores informes, contacte a David Tiller, Director de Información Pública con la oficina del SBA al 615-736-7176.

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    The Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies (CLAIS) is pleased to announce that Vanderbilt's Enhancing Graduate Education program run by Associate Provost Dennis Hall has agreed to fund a new program of LATIN AMERICAN VISITING RESOURCE PROFESSORS.

     

    This program will fund two distinguished Latin American scholars, politicians, or writers per year to come to Vanderbilt for approximately four weeks to participate in a graduate seminar, offer a non-credit special topic seminar, and to interact more widely with graduate students.

     

    Candidates for the Visiting Resource Professorship (VRP) will be nominated each year by Vanderbilt faculty members from any department or school; faculty members will have to demonstrate how the nominated scholar will contribute to a graduate course the faculty member is teaching during the proposed semester. The VRP would be in charge of a designated number of seminar sessions, assigning readings for those sessions, and leading class discussion.

     

    In departments where students have sufficient proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese, the class should be conducted in that language to promote a much-needed "languages across the curriculum" approach. We especially encourage the nomination of scholars, whose work transcends several disciplines, making the proposed seminars compelling for students in related fields and thus promoting the sort of interdisciplinary cross-fertilization so crucial to making our graduate students' work more competitive in the marketplace.


    The VRP would also offer a special-topics, non-credit graduate seminar on a subject of his or her choice. This special seminar would meet 2-3 times during the VRP's stay at Vanderbilt. This would give graduate students who are not enrolled in the relevant class an opportunity to meet with the scholar as well; we encourage these special seminars to be as interdisciplinary as possible so that the greatest range of graduate students could reap the benefits.


    For additional info please contact: clais@vanderbilt.edu

     

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    NAHCC continues its participation with the Coalition for Education About Immigration.

     

    Upcoming meetings will be held at Scarritt-Bennett 1008 19th Ave S. Nashville, TN 37212

     

    NAHCC members are encouraged to attend and participate.

     

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    AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION COMMISSION ON IMMIGRATION CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT IMMIGRANTS FROM "NOTARIO FRAUD"

     

    The American Bar Association Commission on Immigration has launched a Campaign to Protect Immigrants from "Notario Fraud" to address the growing prevalence of this troubling practice in recent years. Through the Campaign, the Commission engages in efforts to warn immigrant communities about the dangers of unscrupulous notarios, and to help them avoid victimization.

     

    With generous support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Commission is expanding its Campaign to help legal service providers build capacity to serve immigrants who have been victimized by notarios.

     

    More and more notarios are exploiting the trust of immigrants who are new to this country. Unfamiliar with our language and legal system, immigrants may be misled to believe that a "notario" is a lawyer.

     

    The consequences are often lost opportunities to pursue immigration relief because of the damage that an ill-intended notario has caused to one's case. Most victims do not have the resources to seek help, which in turn, has allowed fraudulent notarios to continue their practices with no accountability.

     

    The Commission is offering mini-grants to non-profit immigration service providers around the country, to enable them to train pro bono attorneys to bring unauthorized practice of law or related claims, and/or to reopen immigration cases on behalf of victims. State specific training curricula will be developed and provided to each site by the ABA for use in the trainings. The mini-grant is intended to cover overhead costs for the trainings, including staff time, and will be approximately $1500 depending on how many sites are selected.

     

    To apply for the mini-grant, please answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge, in no more than 2 pages:

     

    1. How would you rate the prevalence of "notario fraud" within your community? Does it appear to be increasing? How you are generally made aware of the problem?

     

    2. How strong is the demand for legal services by victims in the community served by your site? What level of pro bono or low-cost assistance is currently available to assist them in holding notarios accountable and/or reopening their immigration cases?

     

    3. Are you aware of any laws in your state that may be used to bring claims against notarios?

     

    4. Has your organization previously trained pro bono attorneys to assist victims of notario fraud? What is your site's current and/or prior experience with recruiting, training, and mentoring pro bono attorneys and coordinating case referrals (in any type of case)?

     

    5. Each site is required to train approximately 30 pro bono attorneys, during either one or multiple trainings. Is there a sufficient pool of pro bono attorneys to train within your community? How many attorneys do you anticipate being able to recruit for trainings, and how many cases do you anticipate that you may place during the one-year period following the training(s)? How will you recruit volunteers?

     

    The Commission will give priority to sites that establish a compelling need within their community for legal services to assist victims, and that also have a sufficient pool of pro bono attorney to train.

     

    Please submit your application and any questions to Erin Finsten at e_finsten@hotmail.com.

     

    Applications are due by Friday, March 28 and awards will be made by Friday, April 11.

     

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    Michael Barrera, former President of the USHCC is now President of the National Hispanic Business Information Clearinghouse (NHBIC) in Denver, Colorado.

     

    Mr. Barrera's experience includes 7 years in Washington D.C, first with the SBA as the National Ombudsman and at the USHCC as its President and

    CEO.

     

    A valuable project for Hispanic entrepreneurs, Chambers, professional groups and trade associations, the National Hispanic Business Information Clearinghouse (NHBIC) is a FREE BILINGUAL business resource tool for entrepreneurs. For more information please feel free to go the website at

    www.nhbic.org

     

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    We are proud to announce our member Linda Rose and Rose on Vibes & Jazz Co. upcoming performances

     

    Friday, March 7, 2008
    Loews Vanderbilt Hotel "Drink" lounge 8:30 - 10:30p
    Swing tunes and Latin jazz played with kick, groove, and African instrumentation.  Linda "Rose" on vibraphone, gyil (African xylophone), and African hand percussion; Joel McKeller on piano; Jamison Sevits on trumpet; Max McKeller on bass; Gene Okamoto on drums.  Watch out for a good time!


    Saturday, March 15, 2008
    Mexicali Grill, Cool Springs (on Caruthers) Tel: 771-0717 6:00 - 9:00p
    Latin jazz with a Mexican flair, played to make you want to dance.  Linda "Rose" on vibraphone, Joel McKeller on piano, Jamison Sevits on trumpet, Max McKeller on bass, Spencer Strand on drums.  With a guest percussionist from Ghana.  Bring your dancin' shoes!

     

    Rose on Vibes & Jazz Co. will also play at American Baptist College this month at the President's Scholarship Gala.  Please consider us for your events and private parties.

     

    For more information, visit our website: www.roseonvibes.com


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    COPLA (Latino Parents Committee) hosts a Celebration Night to honor former Director of Metro Schools, Dr. Pedro Garcia.

     

    The event starts at 7:00 pm, Friday, March 14, at EL ARROYO Mexican

    Restaurant, 13012 Old Hickory Blvd., Antioch, to celebrate Dr. Garcia's contributions during his tenure as Metro Schools' Superintendent, including his vision for establishing COPLA.
     
    For more information please call 615-831-2967 or
    coplaboard@gmail.com

     

    DON'T MISS IT! Friday, March 14, 2008 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.- El Arroyo Restaurant 13012 Old Hickory

    Blvd., Antioch  
     
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    In Spanish

     

    Investigación sobre las experiencias de mujeres Hispanas/Latinas con cáncer de los senos


    Si le han diagnosticado el cáncer de los senos, La Universidad de Tennessee, Facultad de Trabajo Social está buscando a participantes para un grupo de discusión.

     

    Usted será parte de una discusión de 2 horas en grupo

     

    Los temas de la discusión incluirán: la calidad de la vida, las estrategias para salir adelante, el uso de recursos, y el apoyo social.

     

    Este estudio experimental es diseñado para asistir a desarrollar servicios para satisfacer las necesidades de las mujeres Hispanas/Latinas con el cáncer de pecho.

     

    USTED RECIBIRA UNA TARJETA de $50 de REGALO PARA SU TIEMPO.

    Si está interesada en participar, favor de ponerse en contacto con la Sra. Sandra Gonzalez, Coordinadora del Proyecto a (615) 782-6157(línea confidencial)

     

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    President Bush to Address U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

     

    Third time U.S. President addresses USHCC Legislative Conference and representatives of nation's 2.5 million Hispanic businesses

     

    Washington, DC -- For the third time, President Bush has agreed to address the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) at its annual national Legislative Conference themed "Hispanic Business: Shaping Tomorrow's Policy." President Bush will be speaking at a special White House Briefing on Wednesday, March 12, 2008, at the Ronald Reagan Building.

     

    "As the leading advocate for our nation's more than 2.5 million Hispanic-owned businesses," said USHCC Board Chairman David C. Lizárraga, "we are greatly honored by President Bush's decision to address the key leaders assembled from across the country for this important Conference. As in past

    years, we look forward to the President using this platform to deliver a major policy address dealing with issues of utmost importance to small- and medium-sized businesses that are vital contributors to our nation's economy."

    Other key officials participating in the Conference include Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, United States Treasurer Anna Cabral, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and numerous other distinguished Members of Congress. Congresswomen Nydia Velazquez and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will be receiving the 2008 Legislative Awards.

     

    "President Bush's decision to attend the Legislative Conference follows the MSNBC Democratic Presidential Debate that the USHCC co-sponsored in January," said Augustine Martinez, USHCC President and CEO. "USHCC's ability to attract and host Presidential front-runners and U.S. Presidents alike is

    a testament to our growing influence as a population and economic engine."

    According to the U.S. Census, there are nearly 27 million businesses in the United States. It is projected that by 2010, Hispanic-owned firms will represent 1 out of 10 businesses in the U.S. and collectively generates over $465 billion a year in revenue. The Legislative Conference brings together the nation's top business owners, opinion leaders and key governmental and administration officials for a three-day gathering to address the most pressing legislative concerns of the nation's largest and fastest growing business segment-Hispanic entrepreneurs. Expansion of hemispheric relations and trade, health care, energy efficiency, and small business programs are among the many issues receiving top billing at this year's Legislative Conference.

     

    For a complete list of key events at the 2008 USHCC Legislative Conference, or for more news on the lineup of speakers and dignitaries, special events and registration information, visit www.ushcc.com, the interactive source for all Legislative Conference information.

     

    KEY LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE EVENTS
    · White House Briefing* - Wednesday, March 12, 10:00 AM
    · Latina Leaders Reception* - Tuesday, March 11, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
    · Breakfast on the Hill* - Wednesday, March 12, 8:00 - 9:30 AM
    · Workshops - Thursday, March 13, 8:30 AM - 5:10 PM
    · Legislative Luncheon* - Thursday, March 13, 12:30 - 2:00 PM
    · Legislative Reception* - Thursday, March 13, 6:00 - 7:00 PM
    · Legislative Awards Dinner* - Thursday, March 13, 7:00 - 9:30 PM


    About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of more than 2.5 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that generate more than $388 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for 200 local Hispanic chambers in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Bolivia and Uruguay.


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    Presidente Bush pronunciará discurso ante la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de los Estados Unidos

    Es la tercera vez que el presidente de los Estados Unidos habla ante una Conferencia Legislativa de USHCC y representantes de los dos millones y medio de negocios hispanos de la nación

     

    Washington, DC--(HISPANIC PR WIRE - PRNewswire)-Por tercera vez el presidente Bush ha accedido a pronunciar un discurso ante la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de los Estados Unidos (USHCC) en el marco de su Conferencia Legislativa Nacional con el tema "Hispanic Business: Shaping Tomorrow's Policy" (Negocios hispanos: Conformando la política del mañana). El presidente Bush hablará en una Reunión Informativa Especial de la Casa Blanca el miércoles 12 de marzo, 2008, en el Edificio Ronald Reagan.

    "Como los principales defensores de los dos millones y medio de negocios hispanos de nuestra nación, nos honra grandemente la decisión del presidente Bush de hablar ante los líderes claves procedentes de todo el país, congregados en esta importante conferencia. Como en años anteriores, esperamos que el Presidente use esta plataforma para pronunciar un importante discurso político con temas de máxima importancia para los negocios pequeños y medianos, que contribuyen de forma vital a la economía de nuestra nación", expresó David Lizárraga, presidente de la Junta Directiva de USHCC.

     

    Entre otros funcionarios de alto rango que participarán en la Conferencia están Carlos Gutiérrez, Secretario de Comercio; Anna Cabral, Tesorera de los Estados Unidos; Nancy Pelosi, presidenta de la Cámara de Representantes, y otros distinguidos miembros del Congreso. Las congresistas Nydia Velázquez e Ileana Ros-Lehtinen recibirán los Premios Legislativos 2008.

     

    "La decisión del presidente Bush de asistir a la Conferencia Legislativa sigue al Debate Demócrata Presidencial de MSNBC que USHCC co-patrocinó en enero", añadió Augustine Martínez, presidente y director ejecutivo de USHCC. "La capacidad de USHCC para atraer y acoger a precandidatos presidenciales finalistas y presidentes estadounidenses por igual es testimonio de nuestra creciente influencia como población y motor económico".

     

    Según el Censo de los Estados Unidos, existen cerca de 27 millones de negocios en los Estados Unidos. Se proyecta que para el año 2010, las firmas de propiedad hispana representen 1 de cada 10 negocios en los Estados Unidos, que generarían colectivamente ingresos por más de $465 mil millones.

     

    La Conferencia Legislativa unifica a los principales dueños de negocios, representantes de cámaras de comercio, líderes de opinión y funcionarios de la administración de la nación en tres días de reuniones, para intercambiar puntos de vista acerca de las preocupaciones legislativas más urgentes

    de la nación y de los empresarios hispanos, el segmento de negocios mayor y de más rápido crecimiento del país. Entre los principales temas que acaparan la atención en la Conferencia Legislativa de este año figuran las relaciones y el comercio hemisférico, los cuidados de salud, la eficiencia energética

    y los programas para pequeños negocios.

     

    Para tener acceso a la relación completa de eventos claves de la Conferencia Legislativa 2008 de USHCC, o para obtener más noticias acerca del grupo de oradores y dignatarios participantes, así como de eventos especiales e información para inscripción, visite el sitio Web http://www.ushcc.com, fuente interactiva de toda la información referente a la Conferencia Legislativa.

     

    EVENTOS CLAVES DE LA CONFERENCIA LEGISLATIVA

    -- Reunión Informativa de la Casa Blanca*
    Miércoles, Marzo 12, 10:00 AM

     

    -- Recepción de Líderes Latinas*
    Martes, Marzo 11, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

     

    -- Desayuno en el Capitolio*
    Miércoles, Marzo12, 8:00 - 9:30 AM

     

    -- Talleres
    Jueves, Marzo 13, 8:30 AM - 5:10 PM

     

    -- Almuerzo Legislativo*
    Jueves, Marzo 13, 12:30 - 2:00 PM

     

    -- Recepción Legislativa*
    Jueves, Marzo 13, 6:00 - 7:00 PM

     

    -- Cena de Entrega de Premios Legislativos*
    Jueves, Marzo 13, 7:00 - 9:30 PM

     

    Acerca de la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de los EE.UU. (USHCC)
    Fundada en el año 1979, la Cámara de Comercio Hispana de EE.UU. promueve activamente el crecimiento económico y el desarrollo de los empresarios hispanos y representa los intereses de más de dos millones y medio de negocios de propiedad hispana en los Estados Unidos, con más de $388 mil millones anuales en ingresos. También es la organización aglutinadora de 200 cámaras de comercio hispanas a nivel local en EE.UU., Puerto Rico, Canadá, México, Bolivia y Uruguay.

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    Sign up for our exclusive NAHCC+ member discount program

     

    As previously announced our members can now take advantage of our NAHCC members only discount program.

     

    Just e-mail us for a list of business participating in this promotion.

     

    If you would like to sign up your business please call Alejandra Peña, Member Relations Coordinator at 615-216-5737 or via e-mail: alejandrapr@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

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    Renew Your Chamber's Membership Today!

    The NAHCC would like to remind you to renew your chamber's NAHCC membership, which provides you and your chamber access to our different programs, discounts, business opportunities, After Hours Mixers, sponsorship opportunities, and more. We also encourage those businesses who have not signed up to become members yet to contact us for more information on the benefits of becoming a member of Nashville's leading Hispanic business membership organization. You can sign up or renew your chamber's membership by calling Alejandra Peña, Member Relations Coordinator at 615-216-5737. Our mailing address is NAHCC PO Box 40541 Nashville, TN 37204

     

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    The NAHCC newsletter is produced bi-weekly by the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. If you have announcements, story ideas, comments or other news related to your business please contact Loraine Segovia at info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    Visit the NAHCC online at:  www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation.  Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to Board of Director's approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic enterpreneur or market.

    Upcoming Programs

    Training Opportunity!


    The Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County Government Division of Minority & Small Business Assistance and Contract Compliance (DMSBACC)

    Presents:
    How to Develop Successful Business Relationships This course will expose suppliers to various methods of developing business relationships that can increase their competitiveness for Metro projects. Suppliers will learn about subcontract relationships, as well as developing joint ventures and mentoring relationship and how these can assist in supplier development

    Presenters:
    Mark Isom - Premiere Building Maintenance Corporation, Mark Deathridge -East Tennessee Mechanical Contractors, Inc., Rob Horton - 3H Management and
    Anthony Tate - Tate Commercial Cleaning.

    Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

    Time:  10:00am to 12:00 noon

    The training will be held at:

    Nashville Public Library
    (Downtown Branch)
    615  Church Street
    Nashville, TN 37218

    To register click the link below:

    http://www.nashville.gov/finance/dmsba/registration-form.htm

    There is no fee to attend this training!

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    MERCADEO A TRAVES DE LA INTERNET

    Febrero 29, 2008

    En este curso de Mercadeo Electronico usted aprenderá una nueva forma de negocio, aprendiendo sobre los medios de mercadeo y publicidad a través de internet para que usted incremente sus ventas.


    Esta sesion basica ha sido creada para darle los conocimientos y las habilidades basicas para poner su negocio en la red de Internet. Capacitarle para encontrar trabajo o para crear su propia forma de comercio electronico.


    Entrenamiento en las oficinas de la Camara de Comercio Hispana del Area de Nashville.

    530 3rd Avenue South Nashville, TN 37210

    Tel. Linea en Espanol: 615-313-7653

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    MARKETING THRU THE INTERNET

    May 8, 2008

    This course will help suppliers recognize the value and benefits of using the Information Super-highway as a marketing technique. Suppliers will learn the importance of an increased web-presence on overall marketing and various techniques to maximize their web-exposure such as the power of virtual tours, on-line catalogs, etc.

    All training will be held in the

    Metro Purchasing Training room

    222 Third Avenue North Suite 650 (Sixth Floor) -Nashville TN 37201

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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Small Business Programs present:

    "Employer Compliance Assistance Forum"

    Topic: The U.S Department of Labor will present to attendees with an overview of the ESA-Wage and Hour laws and regulations, Occupational Safety and Health Administration and other topics of interests to employers and employees.
     
    RSVP required. FREE to NAHCC members.
    Please email us to : RSVP@nashvillehispanicchamber.com
     
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    What you need to know about new state employment and labor laws (*this program is sold out)

    Join Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Tennessee Department of Labor and Work Force Development representatives on Wednesday January 23rd to learn valuable details about new labor related legislation.

    A selected panel of experts will answer questions about the meaning of the law, compliance and how to protect your business and your employees. With special guest speaker Immigration attorney and NAHCC legal counsel Elliott Ozment, NAHCC Government relations co-chair attorney Mario Ramos and Dan Bailey General Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Work Force Development.

     
    Wednesday January 23rd 2008
    6:30 P.M to 7:30 P.M
    DeVry University
    Nashville, TN 37211
     
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    Members in the news

    Luis Del Mazo Sr. is featured on today's Tennessean newspaper Davison A.M edition. A senior member of our organization Luis Del Mazo Sr. served as NAHCC board member and recently participated as a sponsor in our Housing Fair at St. Edwards Church in South Nashville.
     
    Businessman helps Hispanics with real estate, life 
    Owner of Servicios Hispanos tries to educate immigrants on how to make their way in America the right way. (source The Tennessean Newspaper )
     
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    Tango Nashville is featured on a HispanicNashville.com report for being awarded a NALAC grant for its artistic work and achievements. Tango Nashville President Diana Holland has served on the board of the NAHCC.
     

    Local Art Group Receives National Latino Arts Association Awards  (source www.hispanicnashville.com )

    The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) selected Tango Nashville to receive a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA).

    Tango Nashville, the only Latino Performing Arts nonprofit organization in Tennessee , is dedicated to the education and entertainment of residents of Middle Tennessee in the art and culture of the Argentine Tango.

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    www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501 6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation. Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to Board of Director's approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic entrepreneur or market.

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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    January 17th, 2008

    Dear Members and Friends:

    Below is an important message from NAHCC member Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. Please join us today in support.

    ncvb

    We are very pleased to let you know that Mayor Dean will unveil his plan for the development of a new downtown convention center before the Metro Council today. Phil Ryan, who is spearheading the project on behalf of the Mayor, will present the plan and timelines for the project at 4:00pm today January 17 in the Metro Council chambers of the Metro Courthouse. We need to ensure that the room is full to support the Mayor as he formally launches this project that is critically important to our industry. Please make plans to attend, and forward this on to others who may have an interest in this briefing.

    What:   PowerPoint presentation and timeline of the proposed Music City  

               Center project

    When:  Thursday, January 17, 2008, 4pm

    Where: Metro Council Chamber, 2nd Floor of the Metro Courthouse

    Please email us with your questions to: info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com


    www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

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    Other news, events and NAHCC programs


    C.E. McGruder Unity Breakfast will be held Saturday January 19th, 2008 7 A.M. at Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church.

    For more information on any of these events, contact Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church at 329-2990 or the Interdenominational Ministers' Fellowship at 615-277-1771

     
    Dear Members and Friends:
     

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce joins in support of the 2008 MLK Jr. Day Celebration.

    Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. worked tirelessly for equal justice and fairness for all Americans. He was recognized for his efforts receiving the Nobel Peace prize in 1964.


    Let us members, family, friends, co-workers, children and neighbors come together as we celebrate this very special day.

    mlk

    United We Are Stronger...

    "Peace is not simply the absence of conflict but the existence of justice for all people."  

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    US black civil rights leader & clergyman
    (1929 - 1968)

    Nashville and Middle Tennessee MLK March
    Monday, January 21st, 2008, 11:00 am
    Gather outside Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church
    2708 Jefferson Street , 37208 Ph: 329-2990

     (click here)

    www.mapquest.com


    Nashville played a very important part in the nation's civil rights movement. Let's make Nashville's march the largest in the nation. Everyone from Antioch to Belle Meade; from Gallatin to Brentwood; and Joelton to Bellevue is invited.

    Join Mayor Karl Dean and many others for the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. march and convocation.

    At 11:00 A.M we will all gather at the corner of 28th avenue north and Jefferson Street and will march together to the Gentry Center on the campus of Tennessee State University for a 12:00 noon convocation program.

    Should you have any questions please contact Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church at 615 329-2990

    We look forward to seeing you there.

     

    On behalf of the NAHCC and the Board of Directors

     
    Marc Walwyn             Luis Bustilllos          Loraine Segovia          Yuri Cunza
       Chairman                  Vice Chair                Treasurer                  President
     
     
    Click HERE to Listen to excerpts from Reverend King's sermon, "The Drum Major Instinct," on the official website for the National Historic Site The King Center.
     

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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    January 9th, 2008
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
     
    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Directors cordially invites you to attend:
     
    Illegal Alien Employment Act, Public Chapter No. 529
    ~ What you need to know about the Law ~

    Effective January 1, 2008 a new State Law will penalize employers that knowingly hire illegal immigrants forcing to fire them while facing business licenses suspension for at least one year. A similar law is also in effect in Arizona and Oklahoma will join in July.
     
    Join Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Tennessee Department of Labor and Work Force Development representatives on Wednesday January 23rd to learn valuable details about this new legislation.
     
    A selected panel of experts will answer questions about the meaning of the law, compliance and how to protect your business and your employees. With special guest speaker Immigration attorney and NAHCC legal counsel Elliott Ozment, NAHCC Government relations co-chair attorney Mario Ramos and Dan Bailey General Counsel for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Work Force Development.
     
    Topics of discussion will include:
    • What is the Illegal Alien Employment Act
    • No-Match Social Security letters
    • The meaning of "substantial evidence" of a business that knowingly hired illegal immigrants
    • What is "clear and convincing" evidence that a business owner has knowingly violated the law
    • How to effectively use the federal database known as E-verify to check worker eligibility
    • Civil and Criminal Penalties of Immigration law violations
      Immigration Reform Updates

    Join us: 

    Wednesday January 23rd 2008 
    6:00 P.M to 7:30 P.M
     
    DeVry University
     
    3343 Perimeter Hill Dr.,
    Ste. 200
    Nashville, TN 37211

    * A Meet and Greet reception hosted by DeVry University with panelists and special guest will start at 5:00 P.M. Please RSVP with Loraine Segovia via email at RSVP@nashvillehispanicchamber.com or by phone at 615-216-5737
     
    Special thanks to Tennesee Department of Labor and Work Force Development Commissioner James G. Neeley, Employment and Workforce Development Administrator Susan Cowden and DeVry University Dean Dr. Eva Young for facilitating this program.
     
    For more information other upcoming events please contact Alejandra Peña at : info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com
     
    www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com
     
    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501 6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation. Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to Board of Director's approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic entrepreneur or market.
     

    Merry Christmas from Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
     

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    Dear member,

    This year has been very positive for the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with our dowtown office now open and our team in place to serve you. The Board of Directors would like to take this opportunity to wish all members and the general business community, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous 2008.

    Our Vision:

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is committed to continue providing its members the best possible services.
     
    Working with our members and corporate and community partners we will continue:
     
    ·         Creating an effective network between businesses
    ·         Linking business into the local community;
    ·         Developing financial literacy/trainning programs and advancement opportunities
    ·         Giving Hispanic owned businesses a local, state and national prescence and voice;
    ·         Promote Nashville as a premier and diverse business location.
     
    Thank you for being a part of our organization. We look forward to continuing our relationship in the coming year.
     
    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2008
     
    Sincerely
     
    Board of Directors
    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    (615) 216-5737
     
    NAHCC Board:   
     
    Marc Walwyn (Chairman) - Walwyn & Walwyn P.L.L.C
    Luis Bustillos (Vice-Chairman) - Knights of Columbus
    Loraine Segovia (Treasurer) - La Noticia Newspaper
    Brenna Davenport - Hellbender Marketing
    Dr.Ann Marie Flores - Vanderbilt University
    Dave Hendricks - Comprehensive Care Center
    Rosie Navarro - Coldwell Banker Barnes
    Luis Gilbert Sepulveda - Publishers International
    Holly Spann - Vanderbilt University
    Mercedes Suarez - Park Avenue Cleaners
     
    Legal Counsel
     
    Elliott Ozment
     - Immigration Law Offices of Elliott Ozment   
     
    NAHCC Staff & Committees
     
    President & CEO: Yuri Cunza
    Member Relations: Alejandra Pena
    Corporate Relations:
    Shannon Martinez-Kasakevics
    Special Events: Gabriel Hernandez
    Young Enterpreneurs: Dennis Nunez
                      
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    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invites you to a spectacular evening of Christmas music with José Feliciano and The Nashville Symphony

    Dear Members and Friends, BAH

    Enjoy a special Christmas concert, with the very man who gave us "Feliz Navidad,"" a holiday classic known around the world. Singer and guitarist José Feliciano also known for mega-hits "Light My Fire" and "Che Sera" - is widely recognized as the first major Latin artist to cross over into the English-speaking music market, paving the way for so many big-name talents who came later. His signature sound, familiar from nearly 70 albums he's recorded throughout his career, will make this holiday celebration truly unique.

    Friday
    December 14, 2007, 8:00 p.m.- Laura Turner Concert Hall
    Saturday
    December 15, 2007, 8:00 p.m.- Laura Turner Concert Hall
     
    Click HERE to purchase tickets or call 615.687.6400. Please mention this announcement for a special 20% discount thanks to our NAHCC member Nashville Symphony www.nashvillesymphony.org
    We look forward to seeing you at this spectacular concert. Thank you.
     
    On behalf of the NAHCC Board of Directors,
     
    Yuri Cunza
    President & CEO
    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    615-216-5736 Office
    www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com
    Join Our Mailing List!

     
     

    NAHCC launches e-newsletter, members only discount program, NAHCC on the news...

     

    NAHCC Housing Committee successfully hosted its 1st Housing Fair

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    Dozens of families attending yesterday's Housing fair walked away with renewed enthusiasm to the possibility of homeownership. A total of seventeen businesses and agencies provided valuable information about how to buy a home to members of our Hispanic community. The event organized by Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Housing committee lasted from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. NAHCC 2007 Housing Fair at St.Edwards was possible thanks to the support of our Principal Sponsors State Water Heaters, Walmart and Healthways.

    If you wish to participate in other upcoming Housing related events please contact our committee chair Rosie Navarro at 615-216-5737 or e-mail us at info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

     

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    Convention Center: Thousands gathered at Regional Business After Hours - NAHCC participates as a partner among 15 other Chambers from Middle Tennessee

     

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    From left to right Rosa Ponce (Clarksville Human Relations Commission.H.O.P.E), Luis Bustillos (NAHCC Vice-Chair) Loraine Segovia (NAHCC Treasurer) and Denisse Reinoso

    The regional event hosted by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce created a unique opportunity to network with contacts from north, south, east and west. With over 2,000 attendees, and more than 170 companies exhibiting. this occasion continues to be a great forum to develop and grow your business. If you are a member interested in participating or sponsoring future Regional Mixers and other events please contact us at info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

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    From left to right Holly Spann (NAHCC Board) Rosa Ponce, Denis Nuñez (member), Denisse, Loraine, Gabriel, Yuri and Linda Rose (member)

     

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    Member announcements this week:

     

    NAHCC Member San Jose Fiesta's owner Ramón Arellano announces the addition of Professional Boxing Series to his 99 Wallace Drive restaurant location. Owen Beck vs. Marvin, Vinroy Barrett vs. Anthony Bowman and a special exhibition  of 4 rounds by young Fernando Arellano. For more information and a very special offer to our members please contact San José Tire Shop at 331-1021 and Billar y Taqueria at 615-331-2010.

     

    Thursday November 8th starting at 8 p.m.

     

     

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    Hispanic Employment Remains Strong

     

     The United States Department of Labor released its monthly report today  entitled "Employment status of the Hispanic or Latino population by sex and  age," which sparked positive employment gains for the Hispanic labor force.

     

    About 110,000 more Hispanics were employed in the month of October than in the month of September -- a 0.54 percent increase month-to-month. Employed Hispanic males added 87,000 jobs, or 0.73 percent of the 110,000-job increase. The unemployment rate for Hispanic males stayed unchanged at 4.6 percent (the same rate as in September 2007), but represents a 1.2 percent increase from October a year ago. Hispanic women gained 15,000 jobs over the previous month, and more impressively, 362,000 jobs from October of 2006. The unemployment rate of Hispanic women at 4.8 percent remains a little higher than for men. Hispanics overall have been closing the unemployment gap with respect to non-Hispanics, now within 1 percentage point of the overall U.S. unemployment rate.

    This is strongly correlated to the incredible decrease in unemployment rates attributed to Hispanic women in the workforce.

    Hispanic teenagers have the largest unemployment rate, which reached 17.3 percent in October, 2.6 points higher than the rate for the overall teenager population in the United States (14.7 percent).  (source: Hispanic Business)

     

     

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    Immigration hodgepodge may be downright illegal

                                                                                                                  (Source: The Tennessean Newspaper)

     

    Our View

     

    Congress' inability to reach consensus on immigration reform has been a major source of frustration for Americans this year, and officials in many state and local governments have decided not to wait for Washington.

    Feeling the heat from the portion of the public that believes a rising wave of illegal immigrants is out of control, lawmakers enacted 182 new immigration laws in 43 states in the first half of this year, according to figures from the National Conference of State Legislatures. That doesn't include measures taken by local governments.

    Most of the laws are intended to clamp down, from banning renting homes to illegal immigrants to (in Oklahoma) making it a felony to "transport" or "harbor" them.

    Tennessee is among these states, having revoked driving certificates for illegal immigrants and empowering state and local law-enforcement officers to act as immigration officials.                                                                         (Click here for full editorial)

     

    Click here to read NAHCC President opinion column on today's paper

     

     

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    La Raza pulls its Kansas City convention - (loss in economic impact of $5+ million)

     

    "The National Council of La Raza's board voted this afternoon to yank its 2009 convention from Kansas City in protest of a park board appointee belonging to a

    group it believes is hostile to Hispanics.

    The board followed the recommendation of local La Raza affiliates, who had asked

    the board to pull the convention. Two months ago, the head of La Raza, Kansas

    native Janet Murguía, told Mayor Mark Funkhouser that if his appointee, Frances

    Semler, didn't step down from the park board, La Raza would likely pull the

    convention.

    The convention had been expected to fill more than 5,000 hotel rooms, with an

    economic impact to the city of more than $5 million."                (source: Hispanic Tips)

     

     

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    Mexican Immigrant Takes Lead in Defending Education

     

    Mexican immigrant Flor Guillen has gone in just a short time from not knowing any

    English to being one of Colorado's most recognized and respected leaders for her

    work to improve public education in the state. A resident of Aurora, east of Denver, Guillen has taken an active role among local residents in working to improve the schools.

    With 300,000 people, Aurora is Colorado's third-biggest city, and Hispanics represent a fifth of the population. Between the mid-1990s and 2006, Aurora was the city in the Denver metropolitan area that attracted the most Latino immigrants - almost 50,000 according to a local charity - thanks mainly to its more-affordable housing.

                                                                                                                                  (source: Hispanic Business)

     

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    Sign up for our exclusive NAHCC+ member discount program

     

    As previously announced our members can now take advantage of our NAHCC members only discount program. Just e-mail us for a list of business participating in this promotion. If you would like to sign up your business please call Alejandra Peña, Member Relations Coordinator at 615-216-5737 or via e-mail: alejandrapr@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

     

     

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    Renew Your Chamber's Membership Today!

     

    The NAHCC would like to remind you to renew your chamber's NAHCC membership,

    which provides you and your chamber access to our different programs, discounts, business opportunities, After Hours Mixers, sponsorship opportunities, and more. We also encourage those businesses who have not signed up to become members yet to contact us for more information on the benefits of becoming a member of Nashville's leading Hispanic business membership organization. You can sign up or renew your chamber's membership by calling Alejandra Peña, Member Relations Coordinator at 615-216-5737. Our mailing address is NAHCC PO Box 40541 Nashville, TN 37204

     

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    The NAHCC newsletter is produced bi-weekly by the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. If you have announcements, story ideas, comments or other news related to your business please contact Loraine Segovia at info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

     

    Visit the NAHCC online at:  www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation.  Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to Board of Director's approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic enterpreneur or market.

     

    "Yes You Can" Buy a House
    Allow us to show you the road to homeownership

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    Am I able to purchase a home?
    What is necessary to obtain a loan?
    What paperwork would be required from me?
    Where can I obtain  my money?
    What about my credit? Where should I buy?
    Who is capable of assisting me?

    If you are unable to answer these questions, please come and visit professionals ready to answer these questions for you!!!
     
    When:   Sunday Nov. 4th, 2007 11AM - 6:00PM
    Where:  Saint Edwards Catholic Church 188 Thompson Ln. Nashville, TN 37211 (between Nolensville Rd y I-24.)
     
    We will have games, free food and drinks for your children and much more!!

    This event is possible thanks to:

    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC)
    P.O. Box 40541, Nashville, TN 37204 - Tel: 615-216-5737  Inf: 615-828-1295
    www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    To learn about other NAHCC programs and events please contact Alejandra Peña at 615-313-7653 o vía e-mail: alejandrapr@nashvillehispanicchamber.com
     
     Special Thanks to the following:
     
    Gold Level Sponsors:
     

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    Healthways
     

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    State Water Heaters
     
    Silver Level Sponsors:
     
    Walmart
    Action Nissan
     
    Bronze Level Sponsors:
     
    John Williams/All Pro Property
    Josh Terry/Allstate Ins. Co.
    Carolyn Lawrence/CityWide Realty
    Benjamin Acevedo/Countrywide Home Loans
    Miguel Sandoval/NorStar Mortgage Group 
    Frank Guzman/TN Human Rights Commission
    Rosie Navarro/Coldwell Banker Barnes
     
    Special Thanks to:St.Edwards Catholic Church - Activa 1240 AM -  Telemundo Nashville - Nashville Public Library - El Manjar Mexican Restaurant
     
     
     
     

    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presents Lifetime Achievement Award to legendary educator Jaime Escalante at APSU

     

    "In Grateful Appreciation For Your Outstanding Dedication And Advocacy In Education"

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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Yuri Cunza and NAHCC Treasurer Loraine Segovia presenting the 2007 NAHCC Lifetime Achievement Award to Jaime Escalante.


    Nashville, TN. - A sold out audience at APSU welcomed celebrity bolivian born educator Jaime Escalante. The almost two hour program hosted by Austin Peay University and the Hispanic Cultural Center at the Concert Hall of the Music/Mass Communication building included a Q&A session and a special Lifetime Achievement Award recognition in Advocacy and Education presented to Mr. Escalante by Loraine Segovia from the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Other important guests in attendance included Dr. Pedro Garcia, Ruben De Peña with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and Pastor  Tommy Vallejos with Hispanic Organization for Progress and Education (H.O.P.E).

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    NMPS Director Dr. Pedro Garcia, Aida Hughes, Jaime Escalante, Loraine Segovia, Shannon Martínez-Kasakevics, Yuri Cunza, Pastor Tommy Vallejos, Ruben DePeña(NMPS) and Nicolette Rougemont.

    Escalante's presentation titled "Ganas: Creating a Desire to Learn," highlighted the ways in which Escalante has succeeded in educating students for decades. As a high school teacher, his underprivileged and Hispanic students have set academic records that remain unequaled in American education.
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    Professor Jaime Escalante and Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Yuri Cunza

    Apart from being the inspiration behind "Stand and Deliver," one of the most acclaimed films of the 1980s, he is also the subject of the book "Escalante: The Best Teacher in America."

    An immigrant from Bolivia, Escalante continues to garner more awards within the teaching profession. In 1999, he was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.

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    Professor Jaime Escalante receives a Lifetime Achievement plaque from Loraine Segovia, Shannon Martinez-Kasakevics and Yuri Cunza 

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    Jaime Escalante delivers a powerful presentation to APSU students, faculty and guests. -You can do it Johnny, all you need is "ganas"!
     
     
     

    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Karl Dean recognize Hispanic Heritage Month with Proclamation at Country Music Hall of Fame

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    From left to right.- NAHCC Board Holly Spann, Marc Walwyn (Chair) Loraine Segovia (Treasurer), Shannon Martinez-Kasakevics (ex-oficio), Brenna Davenport, Mayor Karl Dean, Luis Bustillos (vice-chair), Yuri Cunza(President), Rosie Navarro.) Photo: NAHCC

    (Go to Events 2007 and then to bottom of page: Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration)

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    From left to right.- Luis Sepulveda(Board)Alejandra Peña(Staff), Loraine Segovia(Treasurer), Sandra Flores(Board), Dr. Dexter Shurney and Dr. Andy Perez (Healthways) Marc Walwyn(NAHCC Chair) Brenna Davenport(Board) Alexia Cabrera(Nola's), Araceli Lopez(El Manjar Restaurant), Fabian Bedne(Awardee), Dr.Alicia Griffin(Cornerstone Oral Health), Shannon Martinez Kasakevics(NAHCC Ex-oficio), Brian Gordon & Sallie Mayne (Nashville Film Festival), Yuri Cunza (NAHCC President & CEO) Photo: NAHCC

    Nashville, TN. - Last Tuesday Hispanic influenced country music songs and the National Anthem were performed for the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce membership, board and distinguished guests who then turned their attention to the powerful and eloquent words of Nashville's newest Mayor, Karl Dean who presented a Proclamation recognizing "the thousands of Hispanics in Nashville whose love of family, hard work, and sense of community have helped unite us".


    The following awards were presented to NAHCC members and community advocates for their contributions and achievements.

    Hispanic Business Achievement Award:  Activa 1240 AM

    Entrepreneur Achievement Award:  Alexia Cabrera/Nola's Restaurant

    Outstanding Hispanic Business Achievement Award:  Cornerstone Oral Healthcare/Dr. Alicia Griffin

    Outstanding Hispanic Professional Achievement Award:  Amy Napier Viteri/WKRN Ch.2

    Emerging Hispanic Business Award:  El Manjar Restaurant/Araceli Lopez

    Outstanding Member Achievement Award: Nashville Film Festival
     
    Chair's Award: Healthways
     
    "I'm honored to present local corporate member, Healthways with the 2007 Chair's Award for their support and initiatives geared towards the Hispanic community, and for their sponsorship supporting our organization's work.  The NAHCC's recent visit to the USHCC International Convention in Puerto Rico has resulted in advancing business opportunities for chamber members, said Marc Walwyn, NAHCC Chairman.
     
    The NAHCC Lifetime Achievement Award for Advocacy & Education was presented to professor Jaime Escalante who taught AP calculus to inner city students that had surpassed the Educational Testing Service's expectations when passing the exam a second time because their first scores were considered improbable. Escalante will arrive to Tennessee on October 24th to be a guest speaker at Austin Peay University.

    The Outstanding Leadership Achievement Award was presented to former Mayor, Bill Purcell, and the Outstanding Advocacy and Service Award to former Vice-Mayor, Howard Gentry for their commitment to business diversity, which was evident throughout their time in office.

    The Hispanic Advocate Award went to Fabian Bedne,  a Nashville resident Bedne was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and in 1983 he received his degree in Architecture from the University of Buenos Aires. He came to the United States 17 years ago as part of Columbus Area International Program, a USA training program that exchanges human services professionals from one country to another to develop and exchange ideas.

    For over 25 years, he has been involved in community development projects. Mr. Bedne is a founding member of the Nolensville Road Community Partnership and is on the board of the Nashville Area Habitat for Humanity.  He is also a member of and active in Leadership Nashville, Sister Cities of Nashville, COPLA Committee of Latino Parents (MNPS), Community Relations Committee of the Nashville Jewish Federation, Tennessee Hispanic Voters Coalition (PAC), Middle Tennessee Hispanic Democrats, Davidson Group, Minority Architects, YMCA Hispanic Achievers Program Mentor and the Citizens Panel for a Community Report Card on Metropolitan Nashville Public School.

    In the most recent Davidson county election Bedne was the first-ever Hispanic candidate running for metro Council.

    Mr. Bedne’s strong volunteer culture was nurtured by his parents who founded a Lions Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina over 40 years ago. Since a young age his parents engaged in helping the needy as a family affair. 


    "After an outstanding ten year career with the Country Music Association, NAHCC Ex-Officio Shannon Martinez Kasakevics' continued commitment as the Corporate Relations Committee Chair has brought valuable and meaningful relationships to this organization and for that we present her with the 2007 Outstanding Continuing Service Award", remarked President, Yuri Cunza. "It is how much we learn to give that makes us appreciative of the value of investing in other people's growth, in seeing the talent that lies within all of us. We are here to bring forth all possible contributions, all the meaningful gifts that can help us create a better world for all. That we are able to recognize our strenghts is why we now celebrate" Cunza added.

    Alejandra Peña Rodriguez who serves as Community Liaison and Outreach Volunteer Coordinator for the NAHCC since January 2007 received the Outstanding Volunteer Service Award.

    Continuing with NAHCC's Hispanic Heritage Month initiatives the Board of Directors announced that it has teamed with the Comprehensive Care Center (CCC) to raise awareness of the October 15th National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). Over 1,000 institutions in 350 cities across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands will sponsor activities that respond to the state of HIV/AIDS among Hispanic/Latinos and Hispanic/Latinas in their specific communities. This is the fifth year for the national event and the theme is “Wake Up! Take Control! Take The HIV Test!

    In recognition of NLAAD, the Comprehensive Care Center will offer free HIV/AIDS testing to any Hispanic living in Nashville and the surrounding areas. The CCC is a private non-profit medical facility dedicated to advancing research, care and treatment of people living with HIV/AIDS. The October 15th free testing will be done on-site at the Center located at 345 24th Avenue North, Suite 103 (off Charlotte Avenue).

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will work through its membership, the local Hispanic print and radio media as well as utilizes posters provided by the NLAAD in key locations to promote the October 15th free testing opportunity at the CCC.

    Upon his return from a leadership trainning at Gallup University, one of the world's leading providers of management education to individuals and organizations in New York City, NAHCC President Yuri Cunza stated, “As October 15th culminates the celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, it marks the first time for Nashville to participate in what has become an annual observance in our fight against AIDS: National Latino Awareness Day. We are very pleased to reach out to the community and be a part of this.”

    Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration and Awards Sponsors

    2007 NAHCC Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration is made possible thank to the generous support of:

    7 Mares Restaurant
    Cornerstone Oral Health
    D'Arballos Boots
    ELITE Super Clean
    El Manjar Mexican Restaurant
    El Genio Jewelry Store
    La Hacienda Restaurant
    La Ilusión Bridal
    La Noticia Newspaper
    Librería Leon de Judá
    Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
    Long Horn Steakhouse
    Nashville Film Festival
    Palmas Verdes Restaurant
    Park Avenue Cleaners
    Rosarios Mexican Grill
    Sam's Sports Bar
    San José Fiesta
    The Palm Restaurant
    Uncle Gio's Italian Restaurant

    For additional information please contact: Loraine Segovia at 615-216-5737 or via email: info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    *Special thanks to Mr. Barry McCloud for the beautiful pictures and extensive coverage of our 2nd Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration and Awards Ceremony.

    For more info about Barry McCloud photography please visit: www.mccloudscrowd.com or e-mail at: barrymccloudphotography@comcast.net

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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    September 25th, 2007
    The Board of Directors of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to present
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    NAHCC 2007 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration and Awards Ceremony
    Tuesday October 9th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Country Music Hall of Fame
    ~ 222 Fifth Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37203 ~ 

    Dear Member,

    As a distinguished NAHCC member we cordially invite you to participate of our Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration and Awards Ceremony to take place Tuesday October 9th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Country Music Hall of Fame.


    Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th-October 15th) recognizes and celebrates the rich cultural, economic, artistic, political, scientific, social and educational influences and contributions of Hispanics throughout the United States. This celebration was sanctioned by a U.S Congress joint resolution on September 17th, 1968. Twenty years later, on August 17th, 1988, President Ronald Reagan extended it to a month long celebration from September 15th to October 15th.


    This year our event will take place at the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 9th and will have outstanding guests and other Hispanic business and community leaders as well as the recipients of our 2007 Hispanic Recognition Awards for outstanding work and achievements in business, education, art, cultures and community.


    Please save the date to enjoy with us as we celebrate together as a united community in Nashville. Your support is very important.

     

    Live music, silent auction, h'orderves, cocktails and more!

    For more information about this upcoming event and to reserve your tickets please contact Alejandra Peña Rodriguez at : info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501 6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation. Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to Board of Director's approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic entrepreneur or market.

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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Welcomes New Nashville Symphony Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero

    Connie Valentine (Nashville Chamber Orchestra) Alan Valentine ( Nashville Symphony, President and CEO) Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero and Yuri Cunza, President and CEO Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board and members. Left to right: Raul Martinez Malo (NAHCC ex-oficio) and wife, Andy Perez (Healthways)and wife Chari, Luis Gilberto Sepuvleda (NAHCC Board) Stan Kasakevics, Katherine Garcia-Smith(MNPS), Shannon Kasakevics (NAHCC ex-oficio/Healthways), Loraine Segovia (NAHCC Treasurer), Priscila Walwyn (Walwyn & Walwyn PLLC), Maria Payne (Adpro), Tim Burley (Walmart), Holly Spann(NAHCC Board/Vanderbilt University), Alejandra Pena Rodriguez(NAHCC Member Relations), Yuri Cunza (NAHCC President & CEO). - Photo by Cesar Muedas.
     

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    Loaraine Segovia (NAHCC Treasurer) next to Giancarlo Guerrero, Yuri Cunza and Holly Spann (NAHCC Board).

    The Board of Directors of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC) will joined the new Nashville Symphony conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, successor to the late Kenneth Schermerhorn to formally welcome him as he leads the Nashville Symphony as its new Music Director.
     
    Maestro Guerrero one of America's most dynamic and sought-after young conductors meet with members of the NAHCC leadership as they prepare to depart for Puerto Rico the week of September 18th to attend the annual USHCC national convention.

    "I am proud that Mr. Guerrero, a conductor of Hispanic Heritage, will be leading our Symphony; on behalf of our Board of Directors and members, we wish him the best" says Luis Bustillos vice-chair of the NAHCC. Yuri Cunza President of the organization added "we feel very honored to take part of this opportunity to welcome Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero, as he prepares to lead as the new Music Director for the 2009/10 season." 
     
    Thursday's concert at the Laura Turner Hall features violinist Midori performing Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto-one of the best known and technically difficult violin concertos of all time.
     
    These first SunTrust Classical Series concerts will also include Suites from Ravel's ballet Daphnis and Chloé, as well as the first American Encores piece of the season, Claude Baker's Aus Schwanengesang for Orchestra.
     
    Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero joined Thursday night as special guest conductor for the first concerts series.
     
    Upon returning from Puerto Rico the Board  of Directors of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will Celebrate its annual Hispanic  Heritage Month Celebration and Awards Gala on October 9th, 2007 at 5:30 pm.
     

    For more information about our upcoming Hispanic Heritage event and to reserve your tickets please contact Alejandra Peña Rodriguez at : info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com
     

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501 6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation. Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to Board of Director's approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic entrepreneur or market.

     

     

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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    August 30th, 2007
    We are almost sold out!

    2007 MUSIC CITY J.A.M

    Special NAHCC Member VIP Package Offer

    Offer includes exclusive discounted ticket and member reception

    We thank all the NAHCC members and friends for responding to our invitation. We still have few more VIP tickets left. Please contact our office 615-216-5734 to purchase or for more information. NAHCC members and guests will be meeting at 5:30 pm at the VIP area (wrist bands required) to see Jaci Velazquez performance. Come enjoy the music, food, beverages and the fireworks in the company of your friends from Nashville's leading Hispanic Business organization! 
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    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau would like to extend this special discounted offer to join us Sunday, September 2nd, 2007 at Riverfront Park for the 2007 Music City J.A.M.
    Gates open Sunday at 12:30 pm with live music from 1:00 - 9:00 pm. Artists scheduled to perform include Jaci Velazquez, Brian McKnight, Kirk Whalum and more. Plan to stay around at the conclusion of the Sunday night's concert for a special fireworks spectacular.
     
    Don't miss out on this great offer!

    Sunday September 2nd 

    from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm

    Riverfront Park

    Special $10 VIP ticket for NAHCC members.

    (and those who mention this exclusive invite)

    Get your discounted VIP tickets by calling 615-216-5737 or request them via e-mail at info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    ***ANNOUNCING***
    JOIN FELLOW NAHCC MEMBERS, OFFICIAL DELEGATES AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AT OUR VIP HOSPITALITY TENT AS WE ANNOUNCE OUR VISIT TO SAN JUAN PUERTO, RICO FOR THE ANNUAL USHCC CONVENTION
    September 19th-23rd
     
    Special Thanks to NAHCC Platinum Sponsor
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    To learn more about the NAHCC please visit us online at: www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation.  Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to Board of Director's approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic entrerpreneur or market.

     

     

     

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    NAHCC Co-Hosts Educational Mayoral Debate with Runoff Candidates
     
    WTVF Channel 5 televised program serves as the kick-off event for NAHCC's Young Enterpreneurs and Professionals Committee (Y.E.P)
     
     
    Saturday, August 25th, at the Ingram Auditorium on the campus of Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music.

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    To learn more about the NAHCC's Young Enterpreneurs and Professionals (Y.E.P) please contact committee chair Dennis Nuñez via e-mail at info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    To learn more about the NAHCC please visit us online at: www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation.  Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to Board of Director's approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic enterpreneur or market.

     
     
     
     
    U.S Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    recognizes NAHCC efforts towards comprehensive immigration reform

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    NAHCC Announces 2007-2009 Agenda
    • Year-round Business Literacy Programs
    • Minority Business Procurement/Registration
    • SBA loans - Trainning and Business Planning
    • SCORE trainning sessions
    • Business to Business (Negocio a Negocio)
    • "Contactos" Exploring a world of opportunities within our membership
    • NAHCC Business Directory "NEW"
    • Membership Benefits NAHCC+ card
    • Latinforma Lunch and Learn Business Series
    • EDUCANDO Series (Safety for All & Taking Control)

     

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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    Julio 23rd, 2007
    Atention Members!
    You and a guest are invited to
    join us as we re-launch our

    Bi-monthly NAHCC
    ~ "Business After Hours" ~
    Meet and greet members and the board of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as we prepare to take our member delegation to San Juan, Puerto Rico for the 2007 USHCC Annual Convention

    Tuesday July 31st 
     
    from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

    EL MANJAR MEXICAN RESTAURANT

    5560 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

    Tel. 615-833-3716

    (corner of Nolensville Pike & Old Hickory Blvd)

    Free to NAHCC members and guests.

    Light appetizers, music and cash bar.

    Please RSVP with Alejandra Peña at 615-216-5737 or via e-mail to info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    To learn more about the NAHCC please visit us online at: www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation.  Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to Board of Director's approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic enterpreneur or market.

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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    July 10, 2007
    FOR INMEDIATE RELEASE
     
    Contact:      NAHCC
                         Alejandra Peña
                         615-216-5737
                         info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce joins 25 Hispanic  chambers from around the country at mid-year Hispanic chambers executive meeting in Chicago, Illinois

    NAHCC announces participation at USHCC National Conference in
    San Juan, PuertoRico in September 19-22

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    From left to right: Mr. Frank López (President, USHCC Foundation), Dr. Gilberto Garbiso (USHCC Board member and Chair of Membership Committee) Loraine Segovia (Treasurer NAHCC) Luis Sepulveda (NAHCC Board Member) Michael Barrera (President USHCC).

     Sponsored by the U.S Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the U.S Hispanic Chamber Foundation with support of the Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce this first Mid Year Executive Meeting has successfully gathered the particpation of several Hispanic Chambers from around the country. A three member delegation from the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber is presently at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.

    Trainning sessions scheduled back to back include presentations by Frank Lopez (USHCC Foundation President), Michael Barrera (USHCC President) and Dr. Gilberto Garbiso (USHCC board member), cover among some of a very diverse list of topics, Minority Certification, 'Fundraising Strategies' to increase Corporate support, media trainning, and a local Chamber Roundtable on Best Practices for Chamber Governance. 

    "In order to best serve our membership we have to learn from other Chamber around the country that have gone through the process, have struggled in some cases and learned how to move to the next level. This could not be a better opportunities for us and our members in Nashville. We are excited about the opportunities and will implement better ways to address the needs of our members we return" says NAHCC Executive Board member Loraine Segovia.
     
    The  NAHCC participation at the Mid Year Hispanic Chamber Executive meeting resulted from an invitation extended by USHCC President Michael Barrera to NAHCC President Yuri Cunza during the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce convention last month. "A very important part of our growth lies on how we can connect with the mainstream Hispanic enterpreneurial world that national trends are considering so valuable. With our purchasing power growing so rapidly this is the time in which we can set the conditions for better business, better practices and inclusiveness. Registering our members in Nashville as minority owned companies is our priority now that we are learning better way to increase participation. Once we become certified our presence will be undeniable" says Cunza.

     The leadership of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is committed to bring the organization and its membership to the next level through a Business to Business programs, Minority Business Registration, loan opportunities, trainning and participation in national and regional initiatives. For a list of the NAHCC newly launched agenda visit:  www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    The Hispanic Mid Year executive meeting runs through Thursday July 11th.

    NAHCC members wishing to learn about this and other opportunities please us by telephone at 615-216-5737 or via e-mail at info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com  
     
    To learn more about NAHCC programs, events and initiatives please visit us online at: www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation.  Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to Board of Director's approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic enterpreneur or market.

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    NAHCC Corporate members representing Healthways from left to right: Dr. Andy Perez with wife Rosario (Healthways), Tanivette Sotomayor, (Sotomayor Public Relations) and Yuri Cunza (President Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce) at entrance of the business expo at El Conquistador Hotel in Puerto Rico, June 23rd to 24th, 2007.

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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:                                                                                                   June 20th, 2007
    Loraine Segovia
    Luis Bustillos
    615-216-6757 Office
    952-216-5737 Fax

    "NAHCC & THRC continue joint efforts to educate Hispanic families through Forums"

    WHAT:    Discrimination. Learn how to protect you and your family from

                   employment discrimination, housing, and public accommodations.

                   Work. Learn about your rights as an employee.

     

    WHO:      Frank Guzman, Coordinator of Special Projects   

         of Tennessee Human Rights Commission (THRC).

         Santiago Rodriguez, TN Labor Department and Workforce    

         Development

     

    WHEN:    June 23rd, 2007 @ 5:00 p.m.

     

    WHERE:  First Hispanic Baptist Church (Primera Iglesia Bautista Hispana)

                   662 N. Spring St. McMinnville, TN 37110.
     
     

     This event is FREE and OPEN to the public. 

    For additional information please contact Loraine Segovia or Alejandra Peña by telephone at 615-216-5737 or e-mail: info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

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    To learn more about the NAHCC please visit us online at: www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation.  Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to Board of Director's approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic enterpreneur or market.

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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    June 11th, 2007

    Bring Immigration Reform Bill Back to the Table

     

     Take action now, the negotiation is not over
    CALL CONGRESS NOW AND TELL THEM NOT GIVE UP ON IMMIGRATION REFORM!!

     

    A vote of 45-50 against a motion for cloture lead to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to pull the

    immigration reform bill last Thursday night.

     

    "We are to hold our Senators responsible for the well being, stability and further

    development of the nation forced into a state of denial of our inherently related

    labor and immigration reform needs. The same Hispanic population who has

    been conveniently welcomed to help us grow is now in need of our reciprocity.

    We are not asking for charity, we ask for what is due. Millions of hard working

    Hispanics and their families who live in the shadows need us to step up for them

    to get what is fair. This is how we start building a real pathway to national

    security: By creating a nation in which we all are in, in which we are all equal.

    In which we all defend the same cause because we know we all belong".

    ~ Yuri Cunza, President, Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

    Listen to audio message in Spanish

    We are not to lose the hope that maintaining the interest on the issue and expressing our

    views to our representatives in congress will lead to workable legislation that respects

    immigrant workers rights and their families. This is a time in which we all, concerned

    citizens should exercise our right to tell our government about the need for real and

    immediate solutions to an immigration problem that can not longer wait.

    Let your voice be heard! Call your Senators today

    Express your views about how they voted. Our representatives from Tennessee both Corker and

    Alexander voted against cloture. Ask them to no longer delay a final vote to resolve this problem.

    And ask them to keep working to achieve a comprehensive reform this year that will keep families

    united, protect workers rights and respect due process. Ask them to pass an immigration reform that

    is just and fair.

     

    Many controversial amendments have both passed and failed, and this in turn has complicated the

    negotiations over the immigration bill. We need you to tell Congress to work past the problems and

    to not give up on immigration reform.

     
     

     

    Please call your Senators by using these TOLL FREE telephone numbers:

    For instructions in English:   1-800-417-7666

    For instructions in Spanish:  1-800-882-2005. 

    TENNESSEE SENATORS:

    Lamar Alexander

    202-224-4944

    Bob Corker

    202-224-3344

    You could also give the operator your zip code. Click on the names above to visit your senator web page.

    Tell your Senators:

    We need immigration reform for our businesses, economy and communities.  Please work past the problems, vote for cloture, and keep the process moving forward.

    This reform needs to improve the guest worker and employee verification requirements. As a Hispanic business owner, I will judge Members of Congress for years to come on whether they genuinely helped reform succeed or fail.

     

    *Part of this message is based on a notice received but the USHCC.  The NAHCC has obtained permission from the USHCC to modify and redistribute this message. The NAHCC is a member of the USHCC.

     

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    To learn more about the NAHCC please visit us online at: www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation.  Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to Board of Director's approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic enterpreneur or market.

    Click here for Spanish version
     
     
     

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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    May 31st, 2007

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
     

    Contact:     Elaine Wood 615-292-2095

                     Brenna Davenport-Leigh 615-726-0727 
     
    Contact:       NAHCC
                         Loraine Segovia
                         615-216-5737
                         info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com
     

    Nashville Symphony Presents Rick Treviño in "Streets of Laredo" June 6th at Schermerhorn Symphony Center

    NAHCC to present Award of Recognition
    ~Members get 50% from admission~
     

    Celebrating the Hispanic Roots of Country Music with Special Guests, Riders in the Sky, Johnny Rodriquez, Jim Lauderdale  and Elizabeth Cook.   Show includes tribute to Freddy Fender.

     

    Austin, Texas native Rick Treviño will showcase the diversity of his repertoire, from honky-tonk to Hispanic and beyond, in a special June 6 concert at Nashville Symphony's Schermerhorn Symphony Center as the kick off concert to the Symphony's first ever Target World Music Festival.

     

    Treviño has enjoyed mainstream country success ("She Can't Say I Didn't Cry," "Doctor Time," "Running Out of Reasons to Run") and has explored his Mexican roots with the all-star Grammy award winning ensemble, Los Super Seven. Upcoming for Warner Nashville is a new CD, Whole Town Blue.

     

    The Hispanic influence in country music from "The Streets of Laredo" to "Ring of Fire" to the bolero groove of Brook's and Dunn's "Neon Moon" is prevalent and deep. Rick and his special guests will explore this exciting musical thread, showcasing the contributions of Latin rhythms, song forms and instrumentation to the country music songbook.

     

    Guest artists, Riders in the Sky, the multi Grammy Award winning Western music group whose music is firmly grounded in the rich American music traditions of such legendary cowboys singers as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and the Sons of the Pioneers-and whose fun-filled performances have enchanted audiences of all ages-are themselves the stuff of legend.

     

    The show will include Rick's tribute to his friend and Los Super Seven member, the late Freddy Fender. There will also be a rare appearance from Johnny Rodriguez, an influential artist who recorded 11 consecutive #1 singles and became a country music super star before his 22nd birthday.  Other special guests include Elizabeth Cook and Jim Lauderdale.

     

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC) is helping to promote this memorable event to Nashville's multi-cultural community. NAHCC board member, Puerto Rican born composer Gil Veda, the Grand Ole Opry's first Hispanic performer, will present Treviño with a Special Award of Recognition on behalf of the NAHCC.

     

    Tickets for "Streets of Laredo" are $10-$35 and can be purchased by calling the Nashville Symphony box office at 615.687.6400 or by visiting www.nashvillesymphony.org

     
    NAHCC members receive 50% their tickets by going by the Schermerhorn Symphony box office or calling 615-687-6400 and mentioning this special offer for NAHCC members.
     

    Parking for all events is free at the SunTrust parking garage located at Fourth Avenue and Commerce. 

     
    NAHCC members and media are invited to attent. For additional information please contact Loraine Segovia or Alejandra Peña Rodriguez by telephone at 615-216-5737 or via e-mail at: info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com  
     
    To learn more about NAHCC programs, events and initiatives please visit us online at: www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation.  Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to Board of Director's approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic enterpreneur or market.

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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    May 16, 2007

    Dear Members and Friends,

     

    It is likely you have been watching the news and reading the headlines of newspapers regarding the controversial subject of immigration debate in Congress.

     

    It is imperative to call our Senate representatives and let them know how important it is to vote to allow a debate that would lead to the passing of a comprehensive immigration reform.

     

    We are very close, and if we all unify on this very important issue, we will be helping millions of families to get out of the shadows and live the American dream 100% .

     
    A bipartisan legislation is necessary for the passing of a comprehensive immigration reform and this will be the single most effective way to protect our borders, our economy and preserve our main values as a nation.

     

    Please call now!!

     

    Senator Lamar Alexander: 202-224-4944

    Senator Bob Corker:          202-224-3344

     

     

    On behalf of the Board of Directors of the NAHCC:

     

    Marc Walwyn               Luis Bustillos

    Chair                            Vice-Chair

     
    Loraine Segovia          Yuri Cunza
    Treasurer                     President

     

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The NAHCC is properly registered with the Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming for the State of Tennessee. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation.  Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to Board of Director's approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic enterpreneur or market.


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    (Photo info) CVB Chairman-elect Jack Diller, U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper, Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce president Yuri Cunza, Loews Vanderbilt Plaza Hotel General Manager Tom Negri .

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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    May 8th, 2007
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
     
    Contact:      NAHCC
                         Loraine Segovia
                         615-216-5737
                         info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce joins Music City Leadership Study Mission to Baltimore and Washington

    Washington, D.C - Baltimore, MD - May 6-8, 2007
     
    The NAHCC announced its participation in the traditional intercity study oriented visit organized by the joint efforts of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce (NACC) and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
     

    NAHCC President Yuri Cunza has joined a powerful and diverse group of delegates in a very strategic community and regional development initiative that focuses on showcasing best practices and lessons learned in a variety of timely issues and projects. According to information provided by the NACC,  "Combining the two visits will provide additional and more diverse opportunities to focus on public policy that is vital to both of our organizations and this city and region". 

     

    Among the attendees this year include, Mayor Bill Purcell, Vice Mayor Howard Gentry, Congressman Jim Cooper, former Congressman Bob Clement, Orrin Ingram (Ingram Industries), Tammy Genovese (CMA), Dr.T.B Boyd III, T.K.Davis (Nashville Civic Design Center), Tom Negri, Butch Spyridon (Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau), Dr. Pedro Garcia and others.

     

    Highlights and topics considered*:

    • A visit to the Washington, D.C. Convention Center for a panel with hospitality and neighborhood leaders;
    • A reception for our federal legislative leaders and other D.C. guests, coupled with a unique focus on the importance of our music industry with a "behind the scenes" tour and songwriter's performance at XM Satellite Radio; 
    • A look at Washington's emphasis on branding;
    • Discussions with Washington museum leadership about the creation of a museum for today' visitors; in addition, a session at Baltimore's newly opened Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture;
    • The role of higher education in a community with a focus on economic development;
    • Community support for sports venues and entities;
    • Public education, including charter schools;
    • Arts, history and culture as an economic engine; and
    • Waterfront development.                 (*source: Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce)

     The leadership of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is determined to lead with the example by joining in support of initiatives that will advance our community as a whole. "In an effort to be more prepared as we become active participants in shaping the future of our growing community, attending this year's study mission trip will definitely help us position the issues of relevance to our growing Latino population in Nashville as well as the city at large" says NAHCC President Yuri Cunza.

     

    The Nashville delegation of more that 147 business and community leaders will return to Nashville on Tuesday, May 8, 2007.

     
    NAHCC members wishing to learn about this and other opportunities please contact Loraine Segovia or Alejandra Peña Rodriguez by telephone at 615-216-5737 or via e-mail at info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com  
     
    To learn more about NAHCC programs, events and initiatives please visit us online at: www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The NAHCC is properly registered with the Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming for the State of Tennessee. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation.  Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to Board of Director's approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business member initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic enterpreneur or market.

    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

    Invites you to join in Support of

    NASHVILLE LATIN NIGHTS (NLN) MUSIC SERIES

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    Join us tonight for a FREE All Star Latin concert Friday, April 27th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m

    Nashville, Tennessee - The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC) is proud to be the official community sponsor to support Nashville Latin Nights (NLN) this year offering our city residents a free concert of live Latin acts, on the lawn of the Country Music Hall of Fame Park in downtown Nashville between 4th & 5th Avenue South in front of the Downtown Hilton Hotel. This  FREE event is also made possible thanks to the generosity of the Nashville office of Parks and Recreation.

    Bring a blanket and enjoy the music of The San Rafael Band, Serenatta, Rachel Rodriguez and Shannon Lena Murray!!!

    Local food and beverage vendors will be on site.

    Ritmo Latino para gozar!!

    Founded in 1981 by Rafael Vasquez, the San Rafael Trio and band have played at such local events as Cheekwood's El Dia de los Muertos, Frist Fridays, the 2003 July 4th Celebration at Riverfront Park, Wine on the River, a Taste of Music City, and the Tennessee State Fair. The Band has opened for Michael McDonald and Kevin Eubanks at the Franklin Jazz Festival and for Los Lobos at the Uptown Mix. For more info go to www.sanrafaelband.com

    Serenatta, the first and only Romantic Latin Ensemble in Nashville, Tenn., is a band with world appeal. Through the sounds of the violin, vocals, Spanish guitars, upright bass, and percussion, Serenatta features the lush rhythms of tangos from Argentina, bossa novas from Brazil, pasillos and bambucos from Colombia, joropos from Venezuela, waltzes from Peru, boleros from Mexico, and guaranias from Paraguay, among others. Serenatta's romantic style evokes the splendor and magic of the Latin spirit.

    Rachel Rodriguez released her first full-length album in 1999 entitled Dream It, Live It, featuring some of her original tracks as well as a few classics that she enjoys covering.  Recently, Rachel released her self-titled album, Rachel Rodriguez.  It is an album that displays it's many varied influences combining Tex-Mex, Country, Rock, and Latin with Rachel's amazing voice.

    Shannon Lena Murray, a country music industry veteran for ten years opened the first-ever CMA Music Fest Fiesta Nashville Show in 2001 Her unique blend of country and Latin music, performance was by praised by Music Row Magazine  "I'm thrilled about the interest the music industry is showing towards Hispanic artists.

    The next installment in the series will be Friday, June 1st at The Rutledge, located at 410 4th Avenue South.  Nashville Latin Nights is a series of six concerts held every six weeks.

    For more information, please contact Nashville Latin Nights (NLN) director Rafael Vasquez at 615-243-4371, Amy Bowland at 615-715-6320 or our NAHCC office of Community Events at 615-216-5737 or via e-mail: info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    If you are a NAHCC member and have questions or wish to sponsor a NAHCC event or program please call Loraine Segovia or Yuri Cunza at 615-216-5737
     
    For more information about the NAHCC please visit us online at: http://www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com
     

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation.  Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to board approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic enterpreneur or market.


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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Celebrates Latino Films
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    NAHCC members get $2 off from regular admission.

    Discount code: NaFF

     

    NAHCC is proud to present the 2007 Cine Latino Series at NaFF

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    NAHCC offers discount to members

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC) once again is proud to support the NaFF 2007 Cine Latino Series. Tonight the sold out screening of "Companieras" ended with a Q&A session with Producer/Director Elizabeth Massey. At closing tickets were still available for tomorow's last screening of this wonderful documentary. Members and friends of the NAHCC can get $2 discount when ordering online at www.nashvillefilmfestival.org make sure to use the promo code NaFF.
     
    Cine Latino

    COMPAÑERAS (80 min.) An intimate profile of America's first all-female mariachi band: Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles. Taking on a male-dominated culture and musical tradition, this group shatters stereotypes while expanding the popularity of mariachi music. USA, directed by Liz Massie and Matthew Buzzell.
    Tuesday, April 24, 2:30pm. Director Elizabeth Massey in person.
     
    THE VIOLIN (106 min.) This award winning Mexican film is a tender and tense drama about a rebel army, the military, and a gentle, elderly violin-playing peasant's attempt to outwit the commander in order to smuggle out ammunition. Mexico, directed by Francisco Vargas. Tuesday, April 24, 7:00pm.
     
    El ULTIMO BANDONEON (94 min.) Simply infectious documentary about the tango, (the bandoneon: accordion-type instrument that makes the tango the tango) and its players who go to great pains to play the music right. Wednesday, April 25, 7:00pm and Thursday, April 26, 2:00pm. Screening and VIP Reception with director Alejandro Salderman sponsored by Tango Nashville www.tangonashville.com

    * The NAHCC promo discount has also been made available to readers of www.HispanicNashville.com
    Visit the Hispanic Nashville Notebook for more information about the festival.
     

    NAHCC members wishing to attend please call Loraine Segovia or Yuri Cunza at 615-216-5737 or visit www.nashvillefilmfestival.org 
     
    For more information about the NAHCC please visit us online at: http://www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com
     

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation.  Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to board approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic enterpreneur or market.

     
     

    NAHCC Celebrates Mexican Printmaking Art at the Frist
    April 5th 2007 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm Frist Center 
     

    NASHVILE, TN.- Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invites its members and guests to meet at the Frist to see the magnificent art exhibitiona honoring some of the most renown mexican printmakers such as Diego Rivera, Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siquieros and others, currently in display at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville.
     
    Mexico and Modern Printmaking: A Revolution in the Graphic Arts, 1920-1950 examines the vital contributions made by Mexican and foreign-born printmakers working in Mexico. The exhibition features 125 prints and posters by 50 artists, including Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, who, while best known for their revolutionary murals and paintings, made extraordinary contributions to the field of printmaking, which they embraced because it could reach a wide audience with their political message.
     
    The exhibition also features works by some Americans artists affiliated with the Taller de Gráfica Popular, a celebrated cooperative print workshop founded in Mexico City in 1937. Playing a crucial role in sustaining the ideals of the Mexican Revolution, the workshop printed limited-edition works to capture the attention of international collectors, as well as mass-produced posters and leaflets intended for widespread distribution to the native populace.
     
    FREE admission and complementary parking for NAHCC members and guests on
    April 5th, 2007 is made possible thanks to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
     
    NAHCC members wishing to attend please RSVP by phone at 615-216-5737 or via e-mail info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com  
    For additional information visit us online at: www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com
     
     
     

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    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce its participation in the 1st Summit DOING BUSINESS IN PUERTO RICO
     
    Taking Place March 27th, 2007 at New York City's Waldorf Astoria Hotel, this Summit organized by the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce will showcase not only the clear advantages of doing business in Puerto Rico, but also will offer an invaluable opportunity to hear from major corporations currently investing in the island.
     
    The financial capital of the world, is the site for this first ever stateside conference to promote business investments and opportunities in Puerto Rico.

    At this summit, representatives from the public and private sectors, investors, analysts, and business executives will convene to address the myriad of opportunities that Puerto Rico offers.
     
    The NAHCC participation in support of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce will continue to strenghten relationships in our region.
     
    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce representing Tennessee at the Summit, is part of the USHCC Region VI which includes the territories of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Missisipi, Tennessee and Puerto Rico.
     
    This year the USHCC Annual Convention will take place in San Juan, Puerto Rico September 19-22, 2007
     
    NAHCC members wishing to attend the upcoming convention are encouraged to contact Loraine Segovia or Alejandra Rodriguez by phone at 615-216-5737. You can also e-mail us at info@nashvillehispanicchamber.com  
     
    For further information please visit us online at:
    www.nashvillehispanicchamber.com

    NAHCC Annual Membership Meeting 2007
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    Below: From left to right: Pastor Tommy Vallejos (H.O.P.E), Luis Sepulveda, Alejandra Rodriguez, Dennis Nuñez, Susan Reinoso, Gregg Ramos, P.J.Tobia, Katherine Garcia & Diana Holland

    Gracias por estar con nosotros!!!
     
     
     
     

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    NAHCC Annual Membership Meeting
     
    Save the Date!
     
    February 21st 2007
    5:30 pm-7:00 pm

    Dear Member,
     
    You are invited to attend our Annual Membership Meeting to be held February 21st 2007.
     
    Every year the NAHCC hosts this meeting at the beginning of the year as stipulated in Article XIII Section 1 of our bylaws to offer members an opportunity to learn about the work of our organization, upcoming projects and about opportunities for volunteer participation.
     
    Remember: "United We Become Stronger"
     
    This year we will also introduce our newly elected Board of Directors for the 2007-2009 period. Please take a moment to view the full list of members elected on January 31st 2007 appearing on the left of this page. We encourage you to visit with them at our membership meeting and ask about how the NAHCC can assist you on better taking advantage of your membership.
     
    We are proud to announce that the following members have been elected to serve as officers:
     
    Marc Walwyn, Chairman
    Luis Bustillos, Vice-Chairman
    Chalene Helmuth, Secretary
    Loraine Segovia, Treasurer
     

    Please confirm your attendance via the RSVP link or e-mail us at RSVP@nashvillehispanicchamber.com
     
    If you wish to speak with someone about sponsorship opportunities with our organization or to check on the current status of your membership, please call Laura Yescas or Alejandra Rodriguez, NAHCC Member Relations department at 615-216-5737

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit business organization. The NAHCC keeps the highest level of accountability on sponsorship funds received or other corporate contributions. The mission of the NAHCC is to help Nashville become a better place to live, work and visit by creating positive environments conducive to business growth, education, integration, and cultural appreciation.  Partnerships with corporate members wishing to fund NAHCC programs and events are subjected to board approval and are primarily to support educational causes and/or empower entrepreneurship opportunities as well as mainstream business initiatives not restricted to the Hispanic enterpreneur or market.

    As stated in our bylaws Article V Section 2 "Members of our Board of Directors are not elected based on the business they represent or own but by outstanding performance in committees" -while serving the needs of our community at large.  - NAHCC January 2007

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    United We Are Stronger....

    "Like an unchecked cancer, hate corrodes the personality and eats away its vital unity.
    Hate destroys a man's sense of values and his objectivity. It causes him to describe the beautiful as ugly and the ugly as beautiful, and to confuse the true with the false and the false with the true".

    Martin Luther King Jr.
    US black civil rights leader & clergyman
    (1929 - 1968)

    Dear Members and Friends:

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce joins in support of the 2007 MLK Jr. Day Celebration.

    Let us members, family, friends, co-workers, children and neighbors come together as we celebrate this very special day.


    A Day of Unity in Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
    Monday, January 15, 2007, 10:00 am
    Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church
    2708 Jefferson Street , 37208
    Ph: 329-2990
     (click here)

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    We will gather at the Church and will march together to the Gentry Center on the campus of Tennessee State University for an 11:00 a.m. Convocation program.

    Should you have any questions please contact IMF (Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship) President, Bishop George Price at 615/244-0607 or 615/277-1773

    We look forward to seeing you there.

     

     
    NAHCC 2006 - 2007 Agenda
    • Empowering memberbase participation through committee involment to satisfied the demands of the local and regional market.
    • Partnering and collaborating with key industries such as hospitality, food service and contruction.
    • Annual job and business fair for Hispanic and non Hispanic businesses.
    • Support and development of Hispanic businesses
    • Forums and technical training sessions such as our Housing, Business 101, Immigration business law and wage and hour 2006 forums. 
    • Developing the appropriate infraestructure to facilitate the hiring of foreign employes under H-1/2 temporary visa prevision of the INA.
    • Increased participation with other leading chamber in our region VI that include: Missisipi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, South and North Carolina, Florida and Puerto Rico.  (CLICK HERE to read Salvador Guzman NAHCC founder elected to US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce story)

     

    NAHCC Call to Action: VOTE NO on "English First" proposed ordinance

    Minutes for the November 21, 2006 Metro Council Meeting on "English First" proposed ordinance.

    SUBSTITUTE BILL NO. BL2006- 1185

    An ordinance amending Chapter 1.04 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws declaring English to be the official language of the Metropolitan Government, and to require that all government communications, publications and telephone answering systems be in English with certain exceptions. The bill was approved by the Rules-Confirmations-Public Elections Committee. Mr. Crafton moved to pass the bill on second reading, which motion was seconded and adopted the following vote: "Ayes" Tucker, Craddock, Murray, Hart, Ryman, Brown, Gotto, Burch, White, Loring, Wallace, Walls, Whitmore, Crafton, Evans, Summers, Adkins, Wilhoite, Coleman, Duvall, Tygard (21); "Noes" Briley, Dread, Gilmore, Jameson, Forkum, Greer, Hausser, Shulman, Toler, Williams (10); "Abstaining" Dozier, Neighbors, Hunt, Page, Hodge (5).

    Below is  a report that identifies how members voted on second reading. If the 21 people who voted to support this continue their stance, this ordinance will pass. If one changes his or her mind, it fails.
    You can help make that happen by contacting your district and at-large Councilmembers  with a request to ABSTAIN or VOTE NO next week.

             Click below to go to metro council webpage:
     
     
    Voted YES  (21)
    Voted NO  (10)
    Abstained (5)
    Absent  (4)

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    27th USHCC Convention and Business Expo - Philadelphia, PA 2006 (Left to right) Loraine Segovia (La Noticia Newspaper/NAHCC), Lupita Martínez García, Salvador Guzmán (Guzman Group/NAHCC), Diana Holland (Hispanic Link Consulting), Yuri Cunza (President NAHCC), Victor Guzmán (La Hacienda/NAHCC), Shannon Kasakevics (NAHCC), Ramón Curiel (La Reyna Supermarkets)

    COME CELEBRATE WITH US!
     
    Please join us at La Hacienda in Franklin to celebrate the elecction of our fellow board member and NAHCC founding member Mr. Salvador Guzman to the Region VI Board of Directors for the USHCC.
     
    Meet and Celebrate with the Chamber members that joined our delegation representing the NAHCC in Philadelphia
     
    Thanks to their support and participation at the convention we had an amazing week long event that gathered Latino enterpreneurs from all over the country, including Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. A record breaking number of 4,000 attendees this year anticipates a greater success for the next convention in Puerto Rico next year.
     
    With Salvador Guzman as part of the four
    board members in Region VI from a total of
    24 national USHCC Board members we will for sure elevate our participation and influence as the leading Hispanic Chamber in our area
    to the next level.
     
    Join us Thursday October 5th begining at 6 pm to celebrate together our success with other NAHCC members.
     
    La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant
    1100 Hillsboro Road
    (Corner of Mack Hatcher in Franklin)
     

    Hispanic Heritage Month 2006
    September 15-October 15

    In 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim a week in September as National Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a monthlong celebration (Sept. 15-Oct. 15). During this month, America celebrates 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.

     

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    and
    The Nashville City Club


    cordially invite you to attend our

    Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

    September 13th, 2006
    5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

    Nashville City Club
    20th Floor, 201 Fourth Avenues North, Nashville, TN 37219

    "Recognizing the contributions of the more than
    42 million Hispanics living in the U.S.A"

    Join us to celebrate Fiesta style! Enjoy margaritas, live music and incredible food
    from South of the Border.

    Special recognition to members and community leaders.


    RSVP to Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (615) 216-5737

    2006 NAHCC Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration comes to you thanks to the generous support of:

    Tennessee Human Rights Commission
    Civil Rights...Not Just For Some....For All

    TNHRC
    Supporting sponsorship provided by
    Solo Nashville - Telefutura Channel 42 - Radio Shack

    Sponsor Links:

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    Telefutura Nashville

     

    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in the News

     * Click on link above to see archives

     

    ·         Immigrant likes numbers for Mexican restaurants.    New

    ·         La Hacienda founded elected to the U.S Hispanic Chamber Board  New

    ·         Radio station owner Guzman nominated for national board       New

    ·         “Hispanic Business leader Represent His Community”      New

    ·         City not just growing but growing up             New

    ·         Anti-immigration bill stirs emotion, debate    New

    ·         Activist cautious about deportation plan        New

    ·         WPLN News – Bob Corker

    ·         Latin Chamber do more than business

    ·         Nashville's Hispanics Weigh Boycott

    ·         Cinco de Mayo celebrations across Middle Tennessee

    ·         ‘Day Without an Immigrant’ hits Nashville

    ·         NAHCC Supports Nashville Film Festival

    ·         Hispanics want better police aid

    ·         Businessman's slaying brings complaints to head

    ·         Complaints against Police Officers or Civilian Employees of the Metropolitan Police Department

    ·         SunTrust offers primers to court Hispanic population

    ·         Census show Hispanic population small, but booming in Tennessee

    ·         Hispanic Community Concerned About Crime

    ·         New Healthcare offering for Metro’s Hispanic population 

    ·         Chamber looks out for interests of businesses and Hispanics

    ·         NAHCC President, talks about the growth of Hispanic-owned businesses

    ·         State's Hispanic population up 35% since 2000

    ·         Hispanic Businesses, Chamber Sponsor First Day Festival

    ·         State Program Aims To Teach Hispanics about Consumer Rights

    ·         Program helps families of Hispanic children with developmental disabilities

    ·         La Paz translates uninsured medical needs to opportunity

    ·         Lawmakers pass bill tracking racial data on trooper’s traffic stops

    ·         Police struggle with 'no habla ingles' calls

    ·         Hispanic Chamber to host educational meetings

    ·         Police, Hispanic Groups to Attack Language Barrier

    ·         Metro group holds Hispanic forums

    ·         New $4M clinic Planned

    ·         Middle Tennessee briefs: Metro office reaching out to area's Hispanics.

     

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    A Taste of the Immigrant Experience from the ‘the other Deep South’
    "Don’t Cry for Me, Nashville"
    July 31 2006 - 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    NAHCC Business After Hours Reception
    6:00 pm to 6:30 pm  
    Watkins College of Art
    2298 Metrocenter Blvd
    Nashville, TN 37228

     
     

    Other recent NAHCC programs and events....

    The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in partnership with The Tennessee Human Right Commission cordially invites you to participate in our upcoming Spanish language forum.

     

    What:        Wage and Hour Educational Forum

    When:        June 20, 2006

    Hour:         5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    Where:       Scarritt Bennett Center

                      1008- 19th Avenue S

                      Nashville, TN 37212.

    Read more...

    REGISTER NOW! Click on the picture above to register FREE!.

    HUMAN RIGHTS UNIVERSAL RIGHTS DECLARATION (U.N) Declaracion Universal de los Derechos Humanos

     

    Diversity Subcontractor/Vendor opportunity

    with Nissan

    NAHCC members invited to attend

    June 23rd 2006 11 am - 1 pm

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    Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    PO Box 40541 Nashville, TN 37204