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City of El Paso, 7 Partners Launch ‘Accelerate EP’

Officials with the City of El Paso announced Tuesday that they have formalized seven (7) partnership agreements with local agencies that support small and minority-owned business development in the El Paso area.

Via a news release, officials shared, “The city intends to support and centralize current and ongoing business and entrepreneurial programs throughout the community.”

In the future, local small and minority-owned businesses will be able to access services and resources to start and grow their businesses from a centralized online resource guide. They will also have access to workshops, webinars and informational sessions through the El Paso Public Library and other City departments.

The resource partners include the Small Business Development Center, Workforce Solutions Borderplex, El Paso Chamber of Commerce, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, El Paso County, the Hub of Human Innovation and the UTEP Center for Hispanic Entrepreneurship.

The objective of these partnership agreements is to formalize the efforts of these agencies to work together in support of, and to help spur, small and minority-owned business development in the area.

Accelerate EP, led by the City of El Paso’s Economic Development Department, is being funded through a $100,000 grant from the Citi Foundation and Living Cities as part of their City Accelerator Cohort program.

Other City departments involved in the project are Community and Human Development, Public Library, the Performance Office and Purchasing and Strategic Sourcing.

The Citi Foundation and Living Cities has named El Paso as one of five cities selected to participate in the fifth cohort of the City Accelerator program. The fifth cohort for the City Accelerator will focus on strategies cities can employ to build a seamless support system for local businesses to more easily grow and hire more people, with a particular focus on entrepreneurs of color.

Other cities who are part of the cohort include Atlanta, Long Beach, Newark, and Rochester. Throughout the next year, the five-city cohort will work to support individual projects focusing on supporting the growth of local minority-owned businesses through a variety of strategies.

Small business owners and entrepreneurs interested in participating in this program can visit the program’s website or, for more information, those interested in the program can contact Aimee Olivas at (915) 212-1617 or by e-mail OlivasAP@elpasotexas.gov.

Office of the Governor, City of El Paso to Host Small Business Forum

The Office of the Governor and the City of El Paso’s Economic Development Department are pleased to announce that El Paso will host a Governor’s Small Business Forum on August 10, 2017.

Governor’s Small Business Forums are designed to provide entrepreneurs and small businesses with timely, relevant, actionable advice to assist them in growing their business.

The El Paso Governor’s Small Business Forum will bring local entrepreneurs and small businesses valuable tools, skills, and knowledge needed to thrive in today’s fast-paced economy. This year’s Forum will highlight business fundamentals, attracting and retaining a dynamic workforce, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

Additionally, this event will provide a great opportunity to network and connect with industry specialists, government officials, service providers, and the regional business community. Lunch and parking will be provided.

Those wishing to register, can visit the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce website to sign up. The cost is $50 per person.

For more information on the event or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Aimee Olivas at (915) 212-1617 or by email at OlivasAP@elpasotexas.gov

The Governor’s Small Business Forum is made possible through the joint efforts of the Office of the Governor, the City of El Paso, Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Solutions Borderplex, The Borderplex Alliance, Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Center, County of El Paso, and Destination El Paso.

WHO:           The Office of the Governor and the City of El Paso Economic Development Department

WHAT:          Governor’s Small Business Forum

WHERE:        El Paso Convention Center – 1 Civic Center Plaza

WHEN:         August 10, 2017, 7:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Dynamic Women 2 Women Brunch Set for Friday

The Women’s Business Border Center (a joint partnership of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce & the U.S. Small Business Administration) is proud to present a one of a kind networking event in honor of Women’s History month, “Dynamic Women to Women: Seven-By-Seven.”

This unique affair features 7 powerful women entrepreneurs in 7 different industries with 7 minutes each to discuss how they started their businesses, overcame challenges, and became successful business owners!

The interactive event will take place at Ruth’s Chris Steak House at the Fountains of Farrah (8889 Gateway Blvd W Ste. 400) on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The brunch will cost $20 for El Paso Hispanic Chamber Members and $30 for Future Members and includes the meal, beverage, a chance to win some exciting door prices, and excellent networking. Plus, genuine empowerment from remarkable women in business.

Dynamic Women 2 Women is designed to promote and support the success of women in El Paso. It offers business owners and professionals, from across the Borderland area, a comfortable atmosphere to network and learn about the personal and professional experiences of other women in business.

The panel of featured speakers include Amada Flores, Owner, Aim Remodeling & Construction; Tania Guzman, Branch Manager, New American Funding-West; Sylvia Martinez, Owner, Altomar Home Health; Cecilia Mesta, Owner, Exigo; Anne Mitchell, Owner, So El Paso; Yvonne Reyes, Owner, Yvonne Reyes State Farm Insurance Agent; and Ana Valdez, Owner, Madera Hair Studio.

For more information or to RSVP please contact Paulina Lara at (915) 566-4066 or by email at plara@ephcc.org.

To learn more about what the El Paso Hispanic Chamber and the Women’s Business Border Center have to offer, click on the links provided.

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El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce heads to Washington Next Week

The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be in Washington DC the week of March 13th-17th, 2017 along with a delegation of local Chamber business members and members of the El Paso 8(a) & Government Contractors Association.

The trip is part of the Hispanic Chamber’s annual “HC to DC” legislative marketing trip. HC to DC coincides with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Annual Legislative Summit.

“Now more than ever, it is important that Congress be aware of the issues that are impacting our border businesses. It is of high importance that we voice our concerns to our legislative leaders and also represent our business community,” said Cindy Ramos-Davidson, CEO of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Each spring, the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce meets with the national leading voices behind small business and entrepreneurship as part of their annual legislative trip. During the 2017 “HC to DC” trip, the local delegation will meet with various national leaders to discuss issues pertaining to small business including immigration reform, education, procurement, healthcare, tax reform, SBA budget enhancement, access to capital and business commerce among other issues.

“Our participation during this essential time will strengthen our voice and representation in regards to the nation’s future and will make sure our issues are near the top of the national business agenda,” added Ramos- Davidson.

In addition to assembling at our nation’s capital and advocating for the business needs of our borderland community, members will have the incomparable opportunity to meet and engage with Congressional leaders to discuss issues relating to our community and evaluate their impact on El Paso small businesses.

The legislative summit provides the leading platform for Hispanic business owners, chamber leaders and corporate executives to advocate for the important matters affecting the Hispanic business agenda.

Officials with the chamber added, “Accordingly, the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will travel to Washington DC to ensure that the national agenda includes the key business issues from our borderland region.

For more information on the trip the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce can be reached at (915)566-4066; To follow developments during the trip,  the hashtag #USHCClegislative will be active.

The 2017 Business Delegates include:

Cindy Ramos-Davidson, CEO, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Michelle Luevano, Business Development Specialist, MBDA Business Center-El Paso (operated by the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

Von Washington, President & CEO of IDA Technology, and Chairman of the Board of the Hispanic Chamber

Omar Veliz, President, Veliz Construction

Cynthia DeHaro, Vice President, ReadyOne Industries

Frank Spencer, President, Aztec Contractors and President of the El Paso 8(a) & Government Contractors Association

Frank Garcia, President, Perikin Enterprises.

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