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West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to hold 10th business expo

The free Business Expo will be held at the Applause Event Center on November 4 to connect businesses and individuals with the Hispanic community.
 West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Expo /Courtesy of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

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West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Expo /Courtesy of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Expo

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Expo /Courtesy of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to working with all members of the community to increase the economic advancement of Hispanic owned businesses and to assist the professional growth of Hispanic business leaders in West Michigan. For that, the Hispanic Chamber has organized a Business Expo since 2005.

Year after year, the Hispanic Chamber Business Expo attracts businesses in the areas of Financial Services, Manufacturing, Universities, nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies and allows exhibitors to showcase their business to the Hispanic market and to the community at large. Historically, the Expo has drawn excellent representation of the Hispanic community, individuals and their families looking for services such as insurance, banking, employment, entertainment, retail and more.

“As a vendor, it’s always exciting to have a booth and interact with the community to market our restaurant and catering services,” says Mercedes Lopez, owner of El Granjero Mexican Grill, a member of the Hispanic Chamber since 2009. “We enjoy giving samples of our food, not only to the event attendees, but also the other exhibitors. We always run out of food.”

Patrick Lonergan is the Senior Vice President, Community and Economic Development at Fifth Third Bank, a 2015 Corporate Partner for the Hispanic Chamber.

“The Hispanic Chamber Business Expo is a great opportunity for Fifth Third Bank to connect with other Chamber members to listen to them and learn about the needs of their businesses;” says the executive. “It provides us an opportunity to update business owners about Fifth Third Bank and changes in our industry that will impact their businesses, like EMV chip technology. The Expo is a great way for B2B networking and it is an important part of how the Chamber helps its members to be successful.”

Attendees are able to learn from different resources in social services that are provided locally, free of cost and most of the time in Spanish. This is also a family event where children can explore different activities and even enter the Money Machine sponsored by Chemical Bank to win cash instantly.

The expo is a free event open to the public taking place on Wednesday, November 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Applause Event Center on 28th Street, behind the famous Italian restaurant, Pietro’s. There will be free parking as well and attendees will have the opportunity to win door prizes and other raffle items from the booth exhibitors.

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce strives to provide opportunities for Hispanic business owners to grow and get involved in the community. The organization also serves as a bridge for those non-Hispanic companies to reach out to this segment of the population with their services and products.

Details at: www.hccwm.org, 616-452-3960 or [email protected]

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