The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (VAHCC) is pleased to announce this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month, a period set aside to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States. The VAHCC invites all Virginians to participate in cultural activities and opportunities during this month-long celebration to learn about and engage with this growing and powerful group.
Virginia’s Latinos contribute greatly to all facets of Virginia’s economy, including military, education, science, government, and business. Of the Hispanic Business 500 list, 18 are located in Virginia; these are the nation’s top 500 Hispanic-owned businesses.
While comprising just over 8% of Virginia’s population, Latinos in Virginia have increased 92% since 2000, accounting for 38% of all population growth in Virginia. With a median age of Virginia’s Hispanic population at 26, this is a young, growing, and economically powerful segment of Virginia’s population.
The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has been in the business of “Building Bridges” for 15 years. “Hispanic Heritage Month is a great opportunity to reflect on the participation of Latinos in Virginia’s culture and economy. Join us in celebrating the success of Virginia and the contributions of its Latino citizens,” says Michel Zajur, VAHCC President and CEO.
The month-long celebration will conclude with The Hispanic Gala, held at Dover Hall Estate near Richmond on October 16th. This year’s theme is “Celebrating VAHCC’s Quinceañera,” to recognize 15 years of operation for the VAHCC. Over 400 attendees from all corners of the commonwealth will include leaders in business, industry, government officials, and other influential members and friends of Virginia’s Hispanic Community.
For more information about the Gala or any events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, visit www.vahcc.com.
Several events commemorate the month-long celebration:
Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off Mixer
Northern VA Community College, Manassas Campus
Passport to Education Halftime Recognition at Redskins Game
VAHCC Workshop: Taller de Negocios
Multi-Cultural Chambers Candidate Forum
Northern VA Community College - Annandale Campus
VAHCC Latino Corporate Network Fútbol Tournament
The Hispanic Gala
October 16, 2015
For more information and about these and many other events taking place during this exciting month, visit www.vahcc.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (VAHCC): The VAHCC is a membership-based nonprofit organization dedicated to “building bridges” for its members and partners by promoting, enhancing, and developing business opportunities between the Hispanic business community and the business community-at-large. The VAHCC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission of providing information, education and resources to Virginia’s Hispanic community. www.VAHCC.com