The AHCC/BEOC has been helping a number of Albuquerque Businesses Expand
This weekend the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce (AHCC) welcomes The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) convention to town. The 44-year-old staple organization that is the AHCC, continues in its service to businesses large and small in Albuquerque by helping to build the success of some of Burque’s best. At the AHCC, there is a set of beliefs that drive the staff and those that they connect within the community “challenge everything, be mindful of your community.” The AHCC helps business contribute to the greater cause – and in adding value to the businesses and business practices of their members. The Hispano Chamber literally and figuratively provides a place where successful people meet and collaborate. Because in all reality, most people are one connection away from realizing their dream. They aim to help all business owners capitalize on opportunity, while creating opportunities for business owners at the same time.
Notably, and as of late, Barelas Economic Opportunity Center (BEOC) the workforce development and education arm of the AHCC, offers cutting-edge entrepreneurial programs for both Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs and for our members with businesses established between 1-5 years. Strategic alignment with the City and other business resource organizations ensures that the AHCC maintains a high level of commitment to growing our entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The BEOC has been helping a number of Albuquerque businesses expand. They are one of two national pilot sites for the Avanzar Program for Hispanic chamber members with businesses 3 years or older, with annual revenues of $100,000 or greater. Sponsored by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and funded by Wells Fargo featuring WellsFargoWorks.com website tool for businesses. The BEOC is working with 9 phenomenal business members, helping to support and grow their businesses right here in Albuquerque. For the past four years, Wells Fargo has spent more than $1 billion per year with diverse suppliers. “We’re committed to increasing our spend with diverse suppliers through building capacity in diverse businesses across the country. The Avanzar Program is one of our innovative approaches to creating a pipeline of strong Hispanic owned businesses,” said Regina Heyward, senior vice president and head of supplier diversity for Wells Fargo.
This year’s 9 cohorts in the first-class North Bar Industries, Louie Sanchez Allstate Agency, JohnnyBoards Indoor Advertising, Cornivore (popcorn company), Liv It Up, Celina Biscochitos, Cervantes Salsa, Trendz Beauty Supply, New Mexico Brief Relief have benefited from 9 sessions with industry experts and 2 hours of 1 on 1 time with the business consultants.
Great, right? So if you want to know where to go to grow – look no further. With over 100 events a year to connect with other business owners in and out of your field and line of work – for means of building a strong and diverse network, the AHCC ought to be your choice. The AHCC is the largest Hispanic chamber in the country and the largest chamber of commerce in New Mexico. The Chamber’s membership is comprised of approximately 60% Hispanic-owned Businesses and 40% Non-Hispanic-Owned Businesses. While being a historically Hispanic-focused association, The Hispano chamber champions inclusivity and is proud to consider themselves not only the small business chamber of Albuquerque but of New Mexico.