The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando Celebrates Successful Hispanic Business Conference & Expo
Orlando, FL (June 4, 2016) – The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando (HCCMO) presented the Hispanic Business Conference & Expo (HBCE) from June 2-4, 2016 at the Orange County Convention Center. The HBCE further emphasized the interests of the local business community, consumer community, and corporations at this year’s event.
The HBCE began on Thursday, June 2 with a Connecting the Dots Speed Networking session, followed by an Employee Resource Group forum, and culminated with a Business reception event. The day was filled with more than 400 enthusiastic professionals of all levels of the business community.
The HBCE program continued the following day with another business focused agenda that started with a welcome breakfast featuring a C-level panel discussion on The Power of the Latino Vote. Breakfast was followed by four different workshops focused on key areas in the business community; International Trade, Public Affairs, Marketing, and Professional Development. Topics in these sections included “How to Speak Millennial,” and “Access to Capital.” More than 700 professionals were in attendance at the conference luncheon that featured a C-level panel discussion on Lessons in Leadership. The panel was comprised of CEOs and Presidents from Clean the World, Pinnacle Group, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, and Sprint.
The closing of the Business Conference gave way to the commencement of the consumer expo portion of the HBCE. The vice president of the HCCMO, Maria Garcia, along with members of the Board of Directors, Trustees of the HCCMO, and elected officials inaugurated the 2016 consumer expo with a grand ribbon cutting ceremony. Government officials in attendance included Senator Geraldine F. Thompson-12th District, Senator Darren Soto-14th District, Commissioner Pete Clarke-Orange County, Deputy Chief Orlando Rolón- City of Orlando Police Department, Superintendent Dr. Walt Griffen- Seminole County Public Schools, School Board Chairperson Dr. Tina Calderone-Seminole County Public Schools, as well as other public officials.
HCCMO’s Board Chair and President of Lourdes Mola Solutions, HCCMO Board Chair, President of Lourdes Mola Solutions, stated, ” The Hispanic Business Conference & Expo is a dynamic forum that assist businesses in personal and professional development. Each year participants have leveraged this unique platform to drive results for their businesses.
On June 4th, attendees experienced a newly designed expo that showcased exhibitors in key interest areas. These areas were divided into four sections, namely Technology & Education, Health & Beauty, Family & Entertainment, and Travel & Culture. Over 200 exhibitors filled the expo hall and featured a diverse array of companies that showcased their products, services, and goods to the public.
“We are keen on providing the necessary tools for our business community to be successful,” expressed Maria Garcia, HCCMO Vice President. “Bringing local business, large corporations, and the local community together is how we are able to drive economic impact.”
The Chair of the HBCE Steering Committee, Director of Public Relations, Communications, & Publications at Ana G. Méndez University System, Mayra Ramos, added to the success of the HBCE. Ramos said “I was honored to Chair this year’s Hispanic Business Conference & Expo, as one of the most important event for promoting diversity, professional development, and human relations. HBCE is vital to our Hispanic Community and the future of Central Florida.”
The 2016 HBCE was made possible through the exhibitors, attendees, and support from our community partners and sponsors such as FLORIDA BLUE, NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LA RAZA (NCLR), ORLANDO HEALTH, PSAV, and CENTURYLINK. To see a full HBCE sponsor list please visit www.hbconference.com .
The mission of the Hispanic Business Conference & Expo is to provide an environment to strengthen the economic development and community integration between businesses and the Hispanic community in the region. For more information about this year’s expo, please visit www.HBConference.com.
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1993 with the mission to provide leadership and support the economic development of the Hispanic business community of Metro Orlando. For more information on the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.hccmo.org