Florida Business Owners to Participate in USHCC Foundation National Green Builds Business Program

Sep 12, 2011, 13:09 ET from United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Program to Take Place at 32nd Annual National Convention and Business Expo in Miami Beach

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation is pleased to invite 20 Floridian small businesses to participate in the Green Builds Business program at the USHCC 32nd Annual National Convention & Business Expo this September.  The complimentary program is co-hosted by the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and will take place on Monday, September 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida.  

The Green Builds Business program, sponsored by Walmart and Florida Power & Light, provides Hispanic business owners advanced training and education on incorporating green sustainable efforts into their overall business models in order to lower operating costs, motivate workers, and increase revenue streams.  This national program was created not only to further Hispanic business development and growth, but also to enhance the health of people and the planet.

Guest speakers slated to present at the Green Builds Business program on Monday include:

  • Buck Martinez, Senior Director Project Development, Florida Power & Light;
  • Miroslav "Misha" Mladenovic, P.E., LEED Certified Engineer and President, m2eConsulting; and
  • A representative of Bank of America who will touch upon rebates, loans and incentives for going green.

"The Green Builds Business program is a valuable addition to this year's convention schedule," says Javier Palomarez, USHCC President and CEO, "because it provides visibility to the important topic of sustainable business practices amongst a crowd of national businessmen and businesswomen.  What's more, local Hispanic business owners will learn tools and techniques necessary to help them run their businesses in a way that will protect and preserve Florida's beautiful, yet extremely delicate environment."

Along with the program participants, all registered convention attendees are also invited to attend a focus group entitled "Hispanics and the Green Economy" which will be moderated by the University of Notre Dame's Institute of Latino Studies.  The focus group will provide an open platform for business professionals to discuss how the environmental movement is influencing their bottom line, the business sector, and the global economy. The focus group will be offered from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, September 19.  

At least one business participating in Green Builds Business will be selected to receive up to 24 hours of one-on-one green coaching to help formulate a green business plan or implement a green project that has the potential to create jobs, grow profits and reduce emissions this year. Coaching will be provided by Bill Roth, Green Business Coach for Entrepreneur.com and Founder of Earth 2017.

About the 32nd Annual National Convention & Business Expo
The 32nd Annual National Convention & Business Expo is the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in America. Join the USHCC, Fortune 500 companies, Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs) and local Chambers of Commerce in Miami to connect, strategize and grow. The National Convention takes place September 18th – 21st at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. For more information about the Convention and a full schedule of events, please visit www.ushccconvention.com.

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and represents the interests of nearly 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that generate nearly $400 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers in the United States and Puerto Rico.

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The USHCC Foundation is committed to giving Hispanic entrepreneurs alternatives for life preparation and life-long learning by developing and implementing initiatives and educational campaigns to awaken and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. The Foundation leverages corporate and public support to ensure that existing and aspiring Latino entrepreneurs gain access and achieve success in the world of business. Please visit www.ushccfoundation.org for more information on the USHCC Foundation.

SOURCE United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce