As our 40th Annual Statewide steadily approaches, I urge you all to take advantage of the incredible opportunities that are in store for you. Whether you are an entrepreneur, corporate partner, community leaders, elected official, or small business owner we pride ourselves in ensuring there is information and resources to assist in your initiatives and, most importantly, to get the most value on your investment. Your convention registration also gives you access to several special events including 3 luncheons, an Awards Breakfast, opening night reception at the Port of Stockton, the exclusive Millennial party and the show-stopping Awards Gala and Dinner.
    Reinvent Opportunities will serve as the theme for this year’s convention which will focus on community and economic development opportunities in California and small business success. Expected to be one of the largest, multi-day conventions held in Stockton, over 2,000 attendees will converge on the Stockton Arena including entrepreneurs, small business owners, corporate representatives and policymakers from across the state. The CHCC State Convention will include dynamic speakers and focus on business training seminars and Chambers of Commerce executive workshops. Key topics and initiatives for the convention include: International TradeHispanic MillennialsLatina EmpowermentProcurement, and Corporate Diversity & Inclusion.
    Our Small Business Development Center is offering FREE technical assistance for businesses. So, whether you need legal advice, or a business plan, WE can pair you with experts that offer FREE services saving you hundreds of dollars an hour. The convention also features matchmaking services for companies. Grow your business by getting contracts with state and local agencies, or even large private-sector companies. WE will match you with agencies in need of your services. Awards will be presented during the convention in the categories of: Chamber of the Year; Chamber Executive of the Year; Corporate Partner of the Year; Latina Empresaria Hall of Fame; Minerva Empresaria; Pioneer Empresaria; Rising Star Empresaria; Regional Business Awards; Hispanic Shark of the Year; Oscar De La Hoya Entrepreneurship & Community Excellence; the CHCC Veterans Award; the John Aguilar Procurement Achievement Award and the distinguished Chairman’s Awards.
    I hope to see you all at our Annual Convention! 
    Julian Cañete
    CHCC President & CEO


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