DENVER (September 8, 2009)The nation’s largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders will take place in Denver, September 16-19, 2009, when the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) hosts their 30th Annual National Convention in the Mile High City.

 

The four-day event will attract 2,000 Hispanic business leaders for educational workshops, meetings and a free Business Expo in the Colorado Convention Center that is open to the public.  New in 2009 will be a Latina Leadership Summit on September 17 with workshops and speakers to help Latina business owners succeed in the competitive global marketplace.

 

“There are more than 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that generate nearly $400 billion in annual spending,” states Richard Scharf, president & CEO of VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau.  “Denver will host the top Hispanic decision-makers from corporate America, key political leaders and officials from President Obama’s administration for this convention.  This provides us a great opportunity to market Denver to this very influential market for future conventions, tourism and business growth.”

 

The USHCC 30th Annual Business Expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, September 18, in the Colorado Convention Center, and will feature booths from hundreds of Hispanic businesses and suppliers.  The Business Expo is open for free to the general public.  The USHCC is credited for its efforts to bring together all nationalities and ethnicities to better showcase best practices.

 

Jeff Campos, president and CEO of the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, stated, “The USHCC National Convention will bring $6 million in spending to Denver, as well as provide a unique opportunity for local residents and businesses to attend the Expo and hear top national speakers.”

 

SOME KEY PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES (in Colorado Convention Center):

 

Wed., Sept. 16, 7 p.m.:                       Opening Reception with Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper

 

Thurs., Sept. 17, 7 a.m.:                      Opening breakfast, Latina Networking Summit

 

Thurs., Sept. 17, 12:30 p.m.:               Latina Leaders’ Luncheon; Governor Bill Ritter

 

Thurs., Sept. 17, 2:20 p.m.:                 Wells Fargo Press Conference, Korbel Ballroom

 

Thurs., Sept. 17, 5:30 p.m.:                 Best-selling author and national Latina television and radio celebrity, Julie Stav moderates:  Tribute to Latina Trail Blazers

Friday, Sept. 18, 8:45 a.m.:                 Ribbon Cutting of the USHCC 30th Annual Business Expo, open to the public for free

 

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 almost 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that generate nearly $400 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for 200 local Hispanic chambers in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Bolivia and Uruguay.

 

About VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau

Celebrating 100 years of promoting the Mile High City, VISIT DENVER is a nonprofit trade association that contracts with the City of Denver to market Denver as a convention and leisure destination, increasing economic development in the city, creating jobs and generating taxes.  Tourism is the second largest industry in Denver, generating $3.1 billion in annual spending in 2008, while supporting 65,000 jobs. For more information on Denver call 800-2-DENVER or visit Denver’s official Web site at VISITDENVER.com.     

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For convention credentialing, USHCC photos, interviews, and live broadcast opportunities contact: 

Erica Ortiz: (303) 715-0485 or eortiz@ushcc.com

 

With press or photo inquiries on Denver, please contact:

Rich Grant: (303) 571-9450 or rgrant@visitdenver.com

Jen Elving: (303) 571-9451   jelving@visitdenver.com