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BNSF Railway Company Sponsors United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation BizFest Youth Entrepreneurship Program

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BNSF Railway donated $50,000 toward the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation's Dallas/Fort Worth-Region BizFest competition. BizFest is an innovative, intensive entrepreneurship program that empowers Hispanic youth with knowledge and insight into the world of business. This three-day concentrated workshop teaches high school students how to turn hobbies into profitable business ventures, offering hands on training for aspiring entrepreneurs. Delivered by the University of Texas – Pan American (UTPA), BizFest is a signature program of the USHCC Foundation.

"The USHCC is humbled by BNSF Railway's generosity. This donation has inspired our community, and reaffirms the work of our Foundation," said Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the USHCC. "We thank the executives at BNSF, and look forward to cultivating a lasting partnership, dedicated to inspiring the next generation of American entrepreneurs."

BNSF Railway's donates $1,000,000 annually, to develop future business leaders. Believing that corporate success is inextricably bound to serving nearby communities, the company launched its own Foundation in 1996, which is devoted to improving lives across 28 states. BNSF executives realize that surrounding neighborhoods are homes to both customers and employees alike, and view local stewardship as an essential aspect of their growing business. BNSF Railway consists of 400 railway systems, and has been one of the nation's leading railways for over 160 years.

"Our BizFest competitions have been very successful. BNSF's contributions will help us plan another transformative event for our young participants," said Marc Rodriguez, USHCC Chairman of the Board. "We are very fortunate to have great friends who care deeply about fostering the growth of tomorrow's business leaders."

"BNSF Railway and the BNSF Railway Foundation are proud to support the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's Regional BizFest competition," said Zak Andersen, Vice President, Corporate Relations/President, BNSF Railway Foundation. "The program aligns perfectly with our commitment of support for youth, education and programs that intellectually stimulate and encourage students to perform at high academic levels.

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of over 3 million Hispanic owned businesses across the United States that contribute in excess of $465 billion to the American economy each year. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers and business associations in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.USHCC.com

About the USHCC Foundation

The USHCC Foundation is committed to giving Hispanic entrepreneurs life-long learning by developing and implementing initiatives and educational campaigns to awaken and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. The Foundation leverages corporate and public support to ensure that existing and aspiring Latino entrepreneurs gain access and achieve success in the world of business. Please visit www.ushccfoundation.org for more information on the USHCC Foundation.

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