WASHINGTON, July 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation, in conjunction with the Ford Motor Company Fund and Visa, proudly present BizFest Youth Entrepreneurship Competition 2011 in McAllen, Texas.
BizFest is an innovative and intensive entrepreneurial training program where Hispanic high school juniors and seniors learn how to turn their hobbies into a profitable business venture. BizFest will be hosted in McAllen, Texas by the University of Texas-Pan American and the Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (RGVHCC).
“It’s all about opportunity,” says Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the USHCC. “Our partnership with the Ford Motor Company Fund and Visa has given our youth another opportunity to become the next generation of successful Hispanic business men and women.”
The three day training event is designed to teach students a variety of relevant business techniques. The curriculum particularly focuses on leadership development and entrepreneurship training. During the leadership development training, students will be asked to evaluate their own personal level of attitude, level of commitment, discipline and other personal traits in relation to being successful.
Additionally, expert trainers from UTPA will teach students various business techniques such as how to network in business environments and how to give public presentations. Serving as the capstone of BizFest, students will also be asked to develop a practical business idea and plan, which will be presented to a panel of judges.
“The Ford Motor Company Fund has always valued education as the key to being successful,” says Jim Vella, President of Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “We are happy to help pave the way, alongside our partners and friends with the USHCC, for our leaders of tomorrow.”
The top three winners will be awarded with iPads and will be invited to attend the USHCC 32nd Annual National Convention and Business Expo in Miami, Florida. In addition to instruction and business experience, participants will receive a tote bag and supplies, a BizFest certificate of completion, and many internship and scholarship opportunities.
About the 32nd Annual National Convention & Business Expo
The 32nd Annual National Convention & Business Expo is the largest gathering of Hispanic business leaders in America. Join the USHCC, Fortune 500 companies, Hispanic Business Enterprises (HBEs) and local Chambers of Commerce in Miami to connect, strategize and grow. The National Convention takes place September 18th – 21st at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. For more information about the Convention and a full schedule of events, please visit www.ushccconvention.com.
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 nearly 3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States that generate nearly $400 billion annually. It also serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local Hispanic chambers in the United States and Puerto Rico.
About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The USHCC Foundation is committed to giving Hispanic entrepreneurs alternatives for life preparation and life-long learning by developing and implementing initiatives and educational campaigns to awaken and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. The Foundation leverages corporate and public support to ensure that existing and aspiring Latino entrepreneurs gain access and achieve success in the world of business. Please visit www.ushccfoundation.org for more information on the USHCC Foundation.
About Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services is a community relations and philanthropic non-profit funded by Ford Motor Company. Celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2009, Ford Fund supports initiatives and institutions that foster and promote innovation in education, greater automotive safety and American heritage and diversity. National programs include Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (Ford PAS), which provides 21st century skills-based curriculum to more than 40,000 high school students; and Ford Driving Skills for Life, which has taught safe driving skills to more than 337,000 young drivers. In addition, the Ford Volunteer Corps, established in 2005, enlists the help of thousands of Ford employees and retirees who volunteer their time to continue Ford’s legacy of community service worldwide.
SOURCE:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation