Dear Chamber members and friends!
I hope you had a Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! It’s always a beautiful month to celebrate our beautiful Hispanic/Latino culture in Tampa Bay!
As the president/chair of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay, I am so happy to share that it has been an incredible year for us as a chamber and as a community. Overall, since the chamber first merged almost 2 years ago, our membership has grown tremendously. This year in addition to our monthly luncheon, we also added the longtime favorite Cafe Con Leche AM networking event, as well as Ribbon Cuttings, and through our relationship with HBIF (The Hispanic Business Initiative Fund) we have also been able to offer our members valuable business advice, seminars, workshops and opportunities!
Over the last four years that I have served as President/Chair of first the Tampa Latin Chamber of Commerce, and now the merged Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay, I have had the pleasure of seeing our business community come back together again. I have enjoyed meeting many of our valued members, and have formed great business and personal relationships with you. Those that I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting/speaking with, I invite you to email directly at Jolie@Latin-Times.com in order to schedule a time to talk on the telephone.
As we draw close to the end of 2014, I would like to let you know that we are holding elections for the chamber board of directors for 2015/2016. I would like to encourage our local Hispanic business and community leaders to step forward and participate in the election process. The goal of every leadership is to develop new leaders, if you have time and energy to dedicate toward the chamber and want to give back to the community, this is a great way to meet lots of new people and work with a team of local leaders that currently serve on our board of directors. These board positions are not for those that want to add something to their resume, but for people that want to roll up their sleeves and be an active part of growing our local Hispanic business community. If that is you, the time to act is now!
We are including here the web address with instructions on how you can self-nominate to be included in the ballot as a candidate to the 2015 Board of Directors of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay!
I want to thank you for allowing me the honor of sitting as president/chair to this great organization. I will not be running for re-election, as I am entering into a new and exciting chapter in my professional career.
We welcome new and committed leadership to take us into the future, and find new ways to serve our Hispanic business community.
May God always prosper your health, your family and your business!
- Jolie Gonzalez-Padilla
President/Chair Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay
Nominate at: http://tampahispanicchamber.com/nominations