USHCC Forecasts Optimistic Future for Hispanic-owned Businesses During National Convention

WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- More than 6,000 Hispanic business leaders and owners throughout the country will convene in Chicago during the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's 2013 National Convention, Sept. 15-17, at the Hilton Chicago.

"Chicago is proud to host the 2013 United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce National Convention," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "The Hispanic community is helping to lead the way in job creation and entrepreneurship. Hispanic businesses, which are being started at three times the national rate, are working to pull our country out of this economic downturn. Historically referred to as the 'Heart of the Latino Midwest', our city is home to nearly 25,000 Hispanic-owned businesses that not only strengthen Chicago's economy, but enrich its culture and communities."

The theme of this year's convention, "America's Business Future," addresses the exponential growth and positive forecast of Hispanic-owned businesses throughout the United States.

"It's only natural for the USHCC, which is focused on business and celebrates the contributions of immigrant-entrepreneurs to the rich fabric of this American economy, to come together in one of the most remarkable cities on the globe," said Javier Palomarez, president and CEO of the USHCC. "Chicago's dedication to fostering the growth of Hispanic-owned businesses is commendable, and we are proud to host this year's USHCC National Convention in this thriving cosmopolitan city."

For decades, the USHCC has served as the leading Hispanic business organization in the United States, working to bring the nation's 3.1-million Hispanic-owned businesses to the forefront of the national economic agenda. Each year, the USHCC National Convention unites Hispanic business owners, corporate executives and more than 200 local Hispanic Chambers of Commerce throughout the country to establish strategic, long-lasting partnerships and business alliances.

About the USHCC 34th National Convention:

The USHCC National Convention is the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in America. The 2013 National Convention, held from Sept. 15-17at the Hilton Chicago, features several awards banquets, networking receptions and business matchmaking workshops, bringing together more than 6,000 Hispanic business owners, corporate executives, chamber leaders and public officials. For more information about the Convention and a full schedule of events, please visit www.ushccconvention.com.

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 3.1 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that combined, generate in excess of $465 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers in the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information visit www.ushcc.com

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