The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Michigan is a very active not-for-profit organization. Its events throughout the year include community gatherings, business presentations, and social events.
Last Thursday, November 18th, the brand new Hispanic Welcome Center on Bagley Street in the heart of Mexican Town in Detroit hosted the “Juntos Podemos – Together We Can” network session organized by the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
The MHCC is growing both in numbers and importance, and its members today include Fortune 500 corporations, automotive OEMs, Tier One suppliers, non-automotive retail and business service companies. Hispanic-owned companies represent an astonishing 84% of the total membership. The organization is closely linked to the Mexican Consulate in Detroit and other non-profit organizations that service primarily the Hispanic population in Southeast Michigan.
The MHCC is governed by 30 board members, and its headquarters are located in the heart of the Hispanic community in Southwest Detroit.. Its aim is to promote economic development in the area. To that effect, the MHCC organizes networking opportunities all year round.
Thursday’s event was sponsored by the Ideal Group, Google Adwords, and Great Lakes Branch of AXA Advisors LLC. Other organizations helping to make this networking opportunity possible were the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHBMA), the Consulate of Mexico, and APROMEX. Master of Ceremonies Camilo Suero, President of NSHMBA, introduced guest speakers, including a contingent from the Visitors and Covention Bureau of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico (the equivalent of the Convention and Visitors Bureaus in the US).
During Thursday´s event, representatives of Google and Ideal Group jointly demonstrated the power of the Internet in the marketing, development, and tracking of business today. Following, the Saltillo contingent presented a video that showed the audience that the city of Saltillo is not only a highly industrialized area in Northern Mexico (it is, in fact, called the “Detroit of Mexico”), very safe and strategically located 40 minutes away from Monterrey, but that it is also an interesting tourist destination with its museums, art, culture, golf courses, music, history, restaurants, arts and crafts, and excellent hotels.
One of its most interesting attractions in Saltillo is the Museum of the Desert (El Museo del Desierto) located in Ciudad Zepeda (part of Saltillo). This museum houses a recently discovered species of dinosaur, the Coahuilaceratops, believed to have lived approximately 72 million years ago. These impressive remains were taken to the Museum of Natural History of Utah, and were studied by Mexican, US, and Canadian paleontologists for eight years before being returned to Saltillo.
Events such as “Juntos Podemos – “Together We Can” produce important opportunities for entrepreneurs and corporations to join forces in Michigan. The MHCC offers services to many different groups such as the Michigan Women´s Marketplace, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (which services 2 million Hispanic-owned companies and corporations around the nation), the City of Detroit, the Minority Professional Network, the Small Business and Training Development Center, Export Michigan, and the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development.