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White House, USHCC host inaugural Hispanic Business Leaders’ Forum

white house logoThe White House hosted the nation’s first-ever Hispanic Business Leaders’ Forum last week in conjunction with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to bring together private sector representatives and top-level officials to discuss issues affecting the economy.

“The USHCC is honored to have collaborated with the White House in convening some of the nation’s top Hispanic business leaders in this historic gathering to discuss pressing economic issues affecting all American businesses,” Javier Palomarez, the president and ceo of the USHCC, said. “The Hispanic business community is proud to be a source of innovation, job creation and economic development for our nation. The USHCC looks forward to a continued partnership with the Administration in ensuring the contributions of the more than three million Hispanic businesses.”

The event, held last Wednesday, included discussion panels on the healthcare, federal contracting, immigration reform and innovation and entrepreneurship. Approximately 80 Hispanic business leaders from a number of industries attended the forum—participants included Alvarado Construction President and CEO Linda Alvarado, Cabrera Capital Markets President and CEO Martin Cabrera, Ford Motor Company board member Kimberly Casiano, AES Corp. President and CEO Andres Gluski and Impremedia CEO Monica C. Lozano.

Obama administration officials present at the forum included U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew; Cecilia Munoz, the assistant to the president and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park; and Valerie Jarrett, the senior advisor and assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs.

“Our economy is stronger today because our businesses are doing what they do best—innovating, expanding and hiring,” Lew said. “With the number of Hispanic-owned businesses growing at twice the national average, the Hispanic community is playing a critical role in the recovery.  But as the business and community leaders I met with today agreed, we must do more to strengthen the middle class so that more Americans can get back to work and more businesses can succeed. Our top priority as a nation has to be growing the economy and creating good jobs in the United States.”

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