We are here for the Hispanic/Latino Community in Lake, Porter and Laporte Counties, Northwest Indiana.
The organizers realized that our community is larger that any one city or township, with concerns that are the same throughout the entire
region. So, rather than have many small, unorganized business groups repeating the same services and wasting valuable dollars and
manpower it was agreed to pull our experiences, knowledge and work skills together to form a strong core group of people.
The NWIHCC is all about business...how to start one, grow one, join one or buy one. NWIHCC is about education...about what is in the
commercial world available for everyone.
This organization had the benefit of the help of a Representative of the Governor's Office on Latino/Hispanic Affairs as well as a Board
Member and Officer of the Indiana State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Why did it take someone from outside our Region to help us
identify such a glaring need? We don't know for sure, but when the question was asked (Where is the Hispanic Chamber for NWI?), the
answer was quick and sure, "We don't know, but we'll start one!". The question was asked by an Hispanic (Juana Watson), and
answered by Hispanics (Debra Bolanos and Rita De La Rosa). With the experience knowledge and work skills of these persons and the
the help of the initial Board of Directors the NWIHCC was formed.
Orthopedic; insurance companies (American Family-- soon to be member State Farm); One in Million Inc.; mortgage lenders; title
companies; and non-profits such as The Empowerment Zone, LACASA, Robertson Child Development, E.C. Urban Enterprise and
Hispanic Women's Forum. Other members consist of an attorney (a pretty good one, we are proud to say...and a law firm Partner), a few
bank's employees/officers (marketing and account handlers), entertainment/dance instructor(e.g., Xel-Ha School of Dance) and travel
business owners, Government Housing specialist, varied small business owners (construction, real estate broker, marketer,
homeopathy, real estate investor, medical office manager), just to name a few. Perhaps, 90 or so in total at present count.
When you become a member of the NWIHCC, you will be able to strengthen yourself as an individual, increase your experience,
knowledge, and work skills. You will also help strengthen the Hispanic/Latino community in Northwest Indiana and its surrounding
Not all of the members are business owners. You do not have to be a business owner to join...You do have to believe we can
accomplish our goals.
We received an excellent letter from
our Scholarship Winner..please
open this pdf for her letter to us all.
The Northwest Indiana Hispanic Chamber of Commerce....Celebrating Years of Success!!!
The NWIHCC celebrates another growing year, and successfully representing Hispanic business owners in the Northwest Indiana area.
Our Chamber has held several successful networking events and workshops for its members.
We have continued to address the needs of the Latino business community as well as interact with the Latino population in the
Northwest Indiana area.
The organization has established relationships with other organizations in NWI to provide resources and services for their members that
their members did not know existed (creating business plans, marketing, minority certification boot camps, financing opportunities, etc.).
Their members have also been able to connect with other members and non-member business entities to form new relationships,
partnerships, and in turn create new business opportunities for the business.
The Chamber has:
- Partnered with the Indiana Minority Enterprise Center (IMEC),
- Secured office space @ 5246 Hohman Ave., Suite 307B (mailing address: PO Box 2024) Hammond, IN 46304,
- Offered members planning classes, through The Empowerment Zone, and
- Been able to provide resources for various types of financing opportunities.
The group held several networking luncheon events at the Radisson Hotel, which gave our members and attendees the opportunity to
connect with other business entities, which included: Local bank-offered services through Citizens Financial, Centier Bank, First Midwest,
Standard Bank, First Financial, and Harris Bank;
Local colleges and universities present were Ivy Tech, Indiana University Northwest, Purdue, Phoenix, Devry, and Brown Mackie College.
Other entities in attendance were White Lodging, Majestic Casino, Resorts Casino, One In A Million, Inc., Staff Source, International
Community Alliance, Work One, Better Business Bureau, Lake CountyVisitors & Convention Bureau, Boys & Girls Club of Northwest
Indiana, Hope Center of Northwest Indiana, BP, State Farm, We Care From The Heart, and SBDC.
We continue to believe that as an organization, business owners and as individuals, we need to support other Hispanic organizations
and continue to promote and participate in their events. Our board members are not only involved with the NWIHCC, but are actively
participating in other non-profit organizations...as board members, committee members as well as general members...within the
Northwest Indiana area. This helps us collaborate with and support other organizations with their programs and events they hold within
Here is a brief summary of the things your organization has accomplished in recent years:
We (financially)gave or donated:
$500 for scholarship sponsorship to the Hispanic Women's Forum Scholarship Fund
Donated to the East Chicago Christmas Parade event
To the International Community Alliance's fund raising events
Joined the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
With the IMEC's Business To Partnership Supplier Diversity Conference, serving on it's planning committee, in which over 100 minority
business owners had the opportunity to connect with the corporate buyers of larger corporations throughout Northwest Indiana and the
State With the Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce to co-host a luncheion to unveil the East Chicago master plan for the revitalization of the
North Harbor District and renovation of the Carnegie Library with the Indiana Minority Enterprise Center and are also represented on their
Board With Hope Center of Northwest Indiana and Purdue to plan and sponsor the "Everyone Can Go to College" fair With Centier Bank,
the SBDC, the Urban League of NWI, Gary Chamber of Commerce and the Lakeshore Chamber to sponsor the "Getting Down to
We sponsored or co-sponsored:
And planned, our own Health Fair event at the Jean Sheppard Center in Hammond, IN
The Three Kings Day event @ the Roberto Clemente Center, among other events, including participation in the Bomba and Plena Events
The Indiana Diversity Women's Network first Annual Luncheon event
An SCCLR fundraising event
An Xel-Ha School of Dancing annual fundraising event
The "Victims of Violence" fundraising event...to raise funds for a teenaged violence-victim
The Puerto Rican Parade and Cultural Organization's first Scholarship Awards Banquet
For the 2008 Latino Resource Fair...we were a Gold Sponsor...held in Hammond, IN
PRESENTING: APRIL 24th:
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