Washington, DC–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – PRNewswire)–February 29, 2008–Hundreds of Hispanic business leaders will join the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) and Toyota Motor Corp. for the 18th Annual USHCC Legislative Conference taking place March 11–13 in Washington, DC. Hispanic Chambers from throughout the nation will participate in key events focused on the promotion of the USHCC Legislative Agenda.
“Toyota has long sought to enrich the quality of life of the communities it serves,” said Irv Miller, group vice president, corporate communications, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. “It brings us great satisfaction to join forces with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in aiding Hispanic business leaders realize their dreams.”
“Our nation’s 2.7 million Hispanic-owned enterprises comprise the largest and fastest growing business segment in the U.S., making them vital to our nation’s prosperity and competitiveness in the global economy,” said David C. Lizárraga, USHCC Board Chairman. “We are grateful to Toyota and our other corporate sponsors for their commitment and generous support of the USHCC’s efforts to promote policies that will foster the continued growth of Hispanic-owned business.”
The Legislative Conference brings together the nation’s top business owners, opinion leaders and key governmental and administration officials for a three-day gathering to address the most pressing legislative concerns of the Hispanic business community. Expansion of hemispheric relations and trade, telecommunications, energy efficiency, and federal procurement opportunities are among the key issues receiving top billing at this year’s Conference.
“The USHCC Legislative Conference provides a vital opportunity for Hispanic entrepreneurs to engage with their elected officials on legislative issues that affect businesses nationwide,” said Augustine Martinez, USHCC President and CEO. “Decisions made by our Congressional representatives affect the ability of these enterprises to continue growing and prospering.”
According to the U.S. Census, there are 26.8 million businesses in the United States. This includes 2.7 million Hispanic-owned businesses, which collectively generate nearly $400 billion in revenue annually. These Hispanic firms are expected to grow to 3.2 million by 2010, with total revenues surging to more than $465 billion.
For a complete list of key events at the 2008 USHCC Legislative Conference, or for more news on the lineup of speakers and dignitaries, special events and registration information, visit http://www.ushcc.com, the interactive source for all Legislative Conference information.
Note to Journalists:
General press and analyst registration is available at http://www.ushcc.com/news-legislative18th.html. Journalists are encouraged to submit their media credential applications by Friday, March 7, to take advantage of all the Legislative Conference press events.
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 2.7 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that collectively 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.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in North America in 1957 and will operate 15 manufacturing plants in North America by 2010. There are more than 1,700 Toyota, Lexus and Scion dealerships in North America which sold more than 2.9 million vehicles in 2007. Toyota directly employs over 43,000 in North America and its investment here is currently valued at more than $21 billion, including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota’s annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from North American suppliers totals more than
$30 billion. According to a 2005 Center for Automotive Research study, Toyota, along with its dealers and suppliers, has generated nearly 400,000 U.S. jobs, including jobs created through spending by direct, dealer and suppliers employees. For more information about Toyota, visit http://www.toyota.com.
— Briefing on White House Issues* Tentative
Tuesday, March 11, 2:00 PM
— Latina Leaders Reception*
Tuesday, March 11, 6:30–8:00 PM
— Breakfast on the Hill
Wednesday, March 12, 8:00–9:15 AM
— Plenary on Immigration
Wednesday, March 12, 9:30–10:30 AM
Thursday, March 13, 8:30 AM–5:10 PM
— Legislative Luncheon*
Thursday, March 13, 12:30–2:00 PM
— Legislative Reception*
Thursday, March 13, 6:00–7:00 PM
— Legislative Awards Dinner*
Thursday, March 13, 7:00–9:30 PM
* Please note: These events are closed with limited entrance given to journalists.
Note to editors: If you are interested in viewing additional information about the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, please visit the USHCC Web page at http://www.ushcc.com/about on USHCC’s information pages. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of release, but may have since changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact USHCC’s Communications Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.ushcc.com/contact.html.