U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will Co-Host MSNBC Presidential Debate on ‘Black-Brown...

U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will Co-Host MSNBC Presidential Debate on ‘Black-Brown Issues’

USHCC’s commitment to hold presidential candidates accountable for Hispanic small business needs will be realized through televised debate


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Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–December 17, 2007–The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), the nation’s largest advocate for over 2.5 million Hispanic-owned businesses, today announced that it will serve as co-host to MSNBC’s Presidential Debate on “Black-Brown Issues” in Las Vegas four days before the Nevada caucuses. The debate will be telecast live by MSNBC and held at the Las Vegas Cashman Center on Tuesday, January 15, 2008 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

“A few weeks ago, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce committed to hold the presidential candidates accountable on their stated commitment to small business, particularly the Hispanic business community,” said David C. Lizárraga, USHCC Board Chair. “As a nonpartisan organization, the USHCC is proud to join the Nevada State Democratic Party, IMPACTO and 100 Black Men in hosting this important debate to ensure the candidates address critical small business issues including trade, taxes, healthcare, and immigration. Small businesses are a major generator of jobs and the backbone of America, and as the fastest-growing business segment, Hispanic businesses are playing a larger than ever before role in the economic growth and stability of the U.S. economy.”

Nevada is the second state in the nation to hold a presidential caucus and the first in the West to host an early window nominating contest. The state was chosen as an early state because of its high concentration of racial minorities. Hispanics, in particular, represent 23.5 percent of the overall population in the state.

“Nevada is among the states with the fastest rate of growth for Hispanic-owned businesses,” said Elizabeth Gallagher, USHCC Board Vice-Chair and Las Vegas Latin Chamber Board Director. “According to the 2000 U.S. Census and 2002 Survey Data, Hispanics contribute close to $20 billion into Nevada’s economy each year, and are a key factor in the vitality of the gaming and hospitality industries.”

“Small businesses employ 51% of all Americans and, over the past decade, small businesses created 60 to 80 percent of net new jobs in the U.S.,” said Michael L. Barrera, USHCC President and CEO. “Small business is the engine that keeps jobs in Nevada and helps the U.S. compete in a global economy. Ninety-seven percent of all small businesses have under 20 employees, and many are family-owned or self-employed.”

In 2004, Presidential front-runners courted small business owners through targeted campaigns in battleground and swing states. Business-focused agenda items during the last Presidential campaign included less regulation, tax relief, lower health care costs, and litigation reform. “These issues continue to impact small business as well as the need for an employable workforce,” added Mr. Barrera. “We look forward to hearing the candidates’ platforms on small business issues.”

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 more than 2.5 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that generate more than $388 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.

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U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will Co-Host MSNBC Presidential Debate on ‘Black-Brown Issues’