The Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Recognized as Small Chamber of the Year


The Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce garners national recognition as Small Chamber of the Year

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) celebrated three Hispanic chambers from across the nation for their accomplishments, contributions and commitment to raising the profile of Hispanic-owned business and helping them compete through resources, education and awareness.


“This year’s winners demonstrate a deep commitment to the future of Hispanic entrepreneurship,” said Javier Palomarez, USHCC CEO and President. “They are a great example of local chambers working to improve the nation’s economic recovery and showcasing the great impact of Hispanic-owned businesses in their own backyard. Today, we are honored to pay tribute to them.”

The recipients were honored during the USHCC’s 33rd Annual National Convention in Los Angeles, the country’s largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders and entrepreneurs.

The Small Hispanic Chamber of the Year Award was presented to the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GQCHCC), which was started in 2008 to support and promote new business opportunities for Hispanic-owned business in the Quad Cities and surrounding areas in Illinois and Iowa. Today, the chamber has more than 200 members and offers programs like a multicultural speaker series and mixers, workshops and webinars.


“This is a great honor to all the people who are involved with the chamber, the members, the board, the staff, and all the volunteers who have helped us,”said Bob Ontiveros Chairman of GQCHCC “this is testimony to the significant economic impact of the GQCHCC in a very short period of time and the shared understanding it’s significant role in the region.”

The Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is the only organization in the Quad Cities created to address specific needs of the Hispanic business community and not only serves the Quad Cities but also surrounding areas in Illinois and Iowa including Sterling, Rock Falls, Iowa City, Muscatine, and West Liberty.


The mission of the GQCHCC is to support, promote and enhance the growth and success of our local businesses and to leverage the community’s assets, contributions and unique Hispanic cultural identity to generate new business opportunities.

The Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce welcomes businesses, organizations, and individuals from any cultural background to join this great organization designed to support, assist and recognize your efforts in our community.


Some of the chamber’s upcoming events include a forum that explains what healthcare reform means for Illinois small businesses on Sept. 27, an Illinois Candidates Forum on Sept. 29, a presentation by nationally renowned speaker Marisa Rivera which will focus on how Hispanic Americans are Making a difference in America’s Economic and Political Future on Oct. 5 and an Iowa Candidates Forum on Oct. 7.

Events coming up:

► Your Bottom Line: What Health Care Reform means for Illinois small businesses

September 27,2012

Program: 8:00AM-9:30AM

Location: Community Health Care, 2750 11th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201

Presenting sponsors:

Trinity & Genesis

Location sponsor:

Community Health Care

This session will focus on what the healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, means for Illinois small businesses. It will focus on both federal and state provisions to help local small businesses understand how the law will affect them.   A question and answer period will follow.

►The 2012 Candidates Forum.

See Page 7 for more information on this event

►Hispanic Americans: Making a difference in America’s Economic and Political Future

Friday, October 5th, 2012

Program: 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Location: Metro Link Centre Station

1200 River Drive, Moline, IL 61265

 Facilitated by Marisa Rivera, President of MPowerment Works

Presenting Sponsor Eastern Iowa Community Colleges District

This uplifting and inspiring presentation will address the major contributions made by Hispanic Americans in the USA over the years, and highlight how their growth, rich cultural heritage and their contributions are impacting the engine of the US economy and the election of the next President.

► For more information about the Greater Quad Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, or call (309) 797-8650.

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