WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On September 29, The Latino Coalition (TLC), the leading national non-partisan advocacy organization representing Hispanic businesses and consumers, in partnership with the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce (LALCC), hosted the West Coast Small Business Summit: The Rising Latino American Electorate and the 2016 Elections.
The summit convened over 300 hundred prominent executives, dynamic small business owners and high-profile government officials and speakers. The event provided key breakout sessions and high impact panels focusing on capital, procurement, regulation, policy and international trade. The annual summit also gave entrepreneurs a platform to expand their personal and professional networks and gave them access to new opportunities and global partnerships.
"This year's TLC West Coast Small Business Summit focused on the growing impact Latino-owned businesses have on this nation's economy," said Hector Barreto, The Latino Coalition Chairman and former U.S. Small Business Administrator. "Latino entrepreneurs are 1.5 times more likely to become business owners and those businesses are growing at 15 times the national growth rate. We are gratified that last week's summit provided hundreds of Latino entrepreneurs crucial insight and effective tools and strategies to further expand their businesses and take them to the next level."
The small business summit featured a large international business presence with delegations from Argentina, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico. The conference also hosted an impressive lineup of top government leaders, business executives and centers of influence including: Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA); Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles Carlos Eugenio García de Alba Zepeda; Costa Rican Ambassador Roman Macaya Hayes; former CA State Senator Lou Correa (D-CA); Executive Director of Enterprise Shared Services at Kaiser Permanente Beverly Norman-Cooper; President of the Greater Los Angeles Bank of America Raul Anaya; Executive Director of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association Anthony Chapa; General Counsel for La Luz Del Mundo Church Yobany E. Chacon; and Yo Con Mexico Foundation President Jose Oscar Vega Marin.
This unique event also presented the complete poll findings of the TLC Rising Latino American Electorate and the 2016 Elections poll— an on-going election-year study revealing how independent and conservative Latinos are not a monolithic voting bloc. The poll sampling confirmed that the country's growing non-affiliated Hispanic population does not have a particularly positive view of either presidential candidate or their positions on the key issues that impact this ever-important voter segment.
"With a historic election only weeks away, complacency and ignorance about the importance of this rising Latino voting bloc will negatively affect both presidential candidates. The TLC Rising Latino American Electorate and the 2016 Elections poll highlighted the importance of the Latino vote and went further in expanding the reality that any candidate interested in economic growth should recognize that the Hispanic entrepreneurial phenomenon makes this population a significant and indispensable economic and electoral opportunity for anyone serious about winning elections," said Barreto.
Another noteworthy deliverable during the summit was Chairman Barreto's announcement of several new partnerships through a signed formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with: Light of the World Church, the Association of Professionals and Students, the prestigious Mexican foundation Fortalecimiento Municipal AC, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association. These MOU's welcome these organizations into TLC's national network of 85+ organizations working to enhance the overall business, economic and social development of small businesses with cooperative and organizational resources.
The Latino Coalition would like to acknowledge and thank the following Title Sponsors: Wal-Mart, Google and Dun & Bradstreet. In addition, TLC acknowledges: Centene Corporation, Herbalife, Univision, PG&E, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, Honda, Master Card, Intuit, Altamed, Act Wireless, American Express Open, UnitedHealth Group, Direct Selling Association, PhRMA, Comcast Universal, Paychex, Coca-Cola, Verizon, Tributo Tequila, East West Bank, American Beverage Association, Job Creators Network, Bank of America, Promed, 305 Communications & Events, Conexión and media partners CapitalWire PR and Impacto Latin News.
ABOUT THE LATINO COALITION- The Latino Coalition (TLC) was founded in 1995 by a group of Hispanic business owners from across the country to research and develop policies and solutions relevant to Latinos. TLC is a non-profit nationwide organization with offices in California, Washington, DC and Guadalajara, Mexico. Established to address and engage on key issues that that directly affect the well-being of Hispanics in the United States, TLC's agenda is to create and promote initiatives and partnerships that will foster economic equivalency and enhance and empower overall business, economic and social development for Latinos. Visit www.thelatinocoalition.com.
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