USHCC Welcomes Boehringer Ingelheim as New Strategic Partner

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) welcomes Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (BIPI) – among the world's top pharmaceutical companies — to our family of corporate members, as a strategic partner. Boehringer Ingelheim's commitment to educating the Hispanic community on the impact of chronic disease is particularly noteworthy. Their dedication to community health was highlighted during last year's launch of a highly successful initiative, in partnership with Univision, that promoted best practices for preventing and treating diabetes. The company seeks to further advance these efforts through its partnership with the USHCC, working with small business owners to encourage healthy living for the benefit of these small firms and their employees.

"The USHCC is proud to welcome an industry leader like Boehringer Ingelheim into our association. Together, we will implement programs that raise awareness of how chronic diseases like diabetes have a negative effect on the productivity and viability of small businesses, and have a deep impact in the Hispanic community as a whole," said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "At the USHCC, we understand that to effectively serve the business community, our efforts can't solely be focused on the bottom line. For a business to thrive, it must have a healthy and productive workforce - BIPI understands this imperative, and that is why our partnership is so valuable."

Since its founding in 1885, the company has focused on manufacturing and marketing products that address various illnesses, including respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hepatitis – all of which are prevalent within the Hispanic community. Today, BIPI is focused on the future, with a new corporate vision based on value through innovation and medical solutions that help address our world's greater social and economic challenges.

"We are delighted that BIPI is also investing in bringing together American leaders from the political and regulatory sectors with our country's small business owners at the USHCC Legislative Summit, as well as helping convene the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders at our National Convention," added Palomarez.

"Our association is proud of this new partnership and would like to expand the reach of BIPI's programs to specifically include the Hispanic business community, so our American entrepreneurs can continue to build businesses that are not only profitable, but most importantly, healthy and sustainable," said USHCC Chairman Emeritus Nina Vaca.

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation's entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the nation, and partners with more than 220 major corporations.

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CONTACT: Valentina Pereda USHCC Director of Communications 202-489-2932Source:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce