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Greetings from the Executive Director

Welcome to the Latin American Chamber of Commerce’s Website. I am excited you are visiting our site and I hope that we can engage you to become one of our members. In our platform of services you will find many benefits such as access to other members’ business profiles, job postings, special programs, events and much more. Our members benefit from our strategic collaboration with national, regional and statewide organizations and speakers. As the Executive Director, It is my goal to provide you with access to as many resources as possible to help you and your business to be successful. If you are in a professional transition process or planning on starting a business, you will find very helpful the many contacts you will encounter when attending our events and educational programs.

One of the more important facets of our programs is networking. In 2015 we are incorporating a Spanish language- only event in order to attract the small business owners who might otherwise feel left out due to language barriers. We want to provide those Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs the opportunity to form strategic alliances, and obtain important information in their own language. As a result, we hope to attract a new wave of smaller, yet equally important businesses to our circles.

Every aspect of our service to the Latin-American business community is made possible by the funding from our sponsors, whose support I deeply appreciate. Our Board of Directors and I will work diligently to maintain their support, while always seeking out new sponsorship partners. I also encourage each and every one of you to reach out to us and share your ideas, thoughts, and recommendations for new sponsorship opportunities.

Being born in New York City to Colombian parents, and raised in Bogota, Colombia, I have had the opportunity to lead a bicultural-bilingual life. I spent my childhood in my parents’ homeland, then studied in Europe as well as in the United States. My variety of life experiences has served to form and reinforce my commitment to the Latin American community of Charlotte. In recent years, working as a Real Estate professional in this area has provided me with a solid understanding of how our diverse community works, as well as the many challenges and benefits of being a business owner. My commitment to the LACCC as the secretary of the Board of Directors, and later as the Director of Membership and Resource Development, allowed for a 300% increase in annual membership in 2014. For 2015, I pledge my every effort to maintain the high standards of professionalism you have become familiar with.

You can easily apply online for membership. This simple one-step process allows you to quickly complete the application, customize the search criteria according to your business/industry and make a secure credit card payment. With your member login and password, you may browse through carefully selected enrichment programs, as well as seek out and contact members whose business can serve your needs. I encourage you to navigate our Web page and discover all that we have to offer. I invite you to register and attend our programs and events in order to take advantage of all the opportunities that come with membership to the LACCC.

To all of our members and soon-to-be members, thank you for your past and future support. I look forward to my role in making the LACCC work for each of you.

Rocio Gonzalez
LACCC Executive Director