Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
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VAHCC’s Founder and CEO, Michel Zajur, knows what was it is like for many hard-working immigrant men and women in the United States. Zajur immigrated to the United States from Mexico with his family when he was very young. He was taught the value of hard work as a youth by helping out in his family’s restaurant, La Siesta. La Siesta Restaurant was in business for over thirty years, eventually becoming a Richmond icon. Zajur and his family’s story is just one of many stories woven in the tapestry of American workers.
Labor Day is a federal holiday to nationally recognize the laborious efforts and ongoing dedication by our countrymen and women who keep our great nation running. With our national and state workforce demographics continually shifting, Latinos represent one of the fastest-growing segments of our population. Within Virginia, almost 1 in every 10 people are Hispanic. As a younger population, Hispanic Millennials continue to shape and influence every sector of the economy.
“Nationally, there is a great quantity of jobs to fill in the next two years – most of these jobs are things like cybersecurity, electricians, nursing and other jobs which require a specific skill set,” says Michel Zajur, President & CEO, Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
Zajur continues, “If the United States is to remain competitive with the world, we need more people working within the STEM fields and at other jobs that require specific skill sets. The Hispanic community is a great pipeline for this. VAHCC works closely with companies seeking to recruit talent and diversify their workforce. We also are involved with the Pasaporte a la Educación/Passport to Education Program. The is a mentoring program in middle and high schools which empowers Hispanic students toward the path for higher education or a skill-set certification. Programs such as this one can truly make an impact, educating and preparing our future workforce for mañana.”
About the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (VAHCC): The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce strives to build bridges of cross-cultural commerce and provide the Hispanic business community and the community-at-large with resources for economic development. The VAHCC serves the Hispanic community by advocating for continued education for Hispanic students through the Passport to Education Initiative, providing resources for legal assistance, and allowing access to the Business Innovation Center. Through its strong and trusted network, the VAHCC serves as the voice for over 30,000 Hispanic-owned Virginia businesses. For more information, visit www.vahcc.com, email email@example.com, or call 804-378-4099.