MHCC July 2017 Tercer Jueves Business Networking Event Highlights
The Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (MHCC) held their July 2017 Tercer Jueves Business networking event last week in Detroit at TechTown. TechTown is Detroit’s business innovation hub offering a full suite of entrepreneurial services for both tech and neighborhood enterprises. They help startup and established businesses develop, launch and grow, while strengthening and diversifying the local economy. Learn more at techtowndetroit.org.
MHCC members and affiliates gathered for an evening of networking, food and discussions around entrepreneurship programs, issues surrounding challenges that exist in the Hispanic community and how we can come together to strengthen the voice of the Hispanic community.
The presentation portion of the event featured a panel of guest speakers that included Amy Rencher, Director SWOT City at TechTown Detroit, Gabriella Santiago-Romero, Diversity Coordinator at Grand Circus, and Darrin Camilleri, State Representative and the youngest Latino ever elected to the Michigan Legislature.
Attendees were energized as the panelists outlined the opportunities for services offered to Detroit business and how they are thriving. One of those businesses is El Nacimiento, a Mexican family-owned business who also catered the evening’s event.
Amy Rencher outlined some of the many programs TechTown offers entrepreneurs and small businesses. “TechTown Detroit is a highly curated experience to bring together folks to drive innovation and reach beyond the boundaries of the city. There are a lot of opportunities. Pretty much everything we offer from an entrepreneurial educational perspective is free. We are here to boost economic development in Detroit and the southeast region.”
Panelists expressed their views on how the Hispanic community can organize, become involved and make a difference in how our country is governed and how we can better serve our communities.
Gabriela Santiago-Romero, spoke passionately about her efforts through Grand Circus to boost participation of African American and Hispanic people into the field of technology. “Technology is an awesome, growing field and if we don’t jump on it we’re going to be left behind.” Grand Circus offers ten-week coding bootcamps to help address the disparity between the size of Michigan’s tech workforce and the exploding demand for tech talent.
Darrin Camilleri, State Representative shared that being a teacher in Southwest Detroit motivated him to get involved in politics. “I decided to run for office because I saw my students didn’t have the resources they needed for today’s world. In today’s world, education is the #1 factor to be able to sustain your family. People are frustrated that the economy isn’t working for everyone. They’re concerned about access to education. My approach is to look at ways to engage people no matter what you look like. Latinos need to be more engaged.”
We were excited to have Darrin share his experiences and insight working in the Michigan legislature. “It was great to engage with the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on issues that affect our community, and I look forward to the important work of encouraging Latinos’ further participation in business and government.”
“Any opportunity we get to bring together Hispanic business leaders in our community is always going to inspire change. Tonight, I believe we accomplished that,” said Gloria Lara, CEO of MHCC.
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July Featured Member
Brandon Bordeaux, CEO, Caravan Facilities Management LLC
Brandon Bordeaux grew up in a family business environment where he was taught core values, business ethics and integrity. He learned to be loyal to his employees and treat everyone the same, with respect and dignity.
Brandon started at Caravan Facilities Management as a college co-op student in the Sales Department, and then was promoted to Purchasing Manager overseeing the Purchasing Department. Read more.
July Featured Corporate Member
Comerica Wealth Management’s Business Owner Advisory Services works with business owners to address business and personal wealth management issues that are common to most business owners. By working closely with business owners and their other advisers (e.g., attorney, accountant, etc.), Comerica’s Business Owner Advisory Services develop strategies to help bridge the gap between business and personal wealth strategies. This month, Comerica Wealth Management presented, “The Life Cycle of a Business Owner” at the Detroit Athletic Club. The event discussed the challenges business owners face with each phase and offered solutions that can help. For more information about Comerica Wealth Management’s Business Owner Advisory Services, visit here.
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The Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce promotes economic advancement, growth and sustainability for its members by enabling access to business opportunities and developmental resources through strategic initiatives. The Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the premier gateway to the state’s 20,000 Hispanic businesses and nearly 500,000 Latino consumers. MHCC serves as an advocate for jobs and economic development by promoting participation in supplier diversity development programs and international trade with Mexico and other Latin American countries. Established in September of 1989, MHCC is a 501 (c)(6) nonprofit business association governed by a Board of Directors that represents the business diversity of its membership.