• United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Puerto Rico Relief Fund

    United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Puerto Rico Relief Fund

  • Enterprise Accelerator

    Enterprise Accelerator

    Applications for their 2017 Enterprise Accelerator program are now open. This year-long program supports the growth of Latina-owned businesses as they go through a tailored program aimed to serve as a catalyst to take their businesses to the next level.
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  • BizVenture

    BizVenture

    BizVenture is a college-level, 3-day comprehensive program on entrepreneurship, design thinking, and leadership. Read More
  • At the Table

    At the Table

    Our honorees are celebrated year-round, receiving premier networking opportunities, support for business growth, and individual business coaching sessions.
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  • Chamber Training Institute

    Chamber Training Institute

    A free two-day training hosted by the University of Notre Dame to build the capacity of chambers, offering executive development, support and resources to strengthen and build local business communities.
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  • Local Chamber Grant Program

    Local Chamber Grant Program

    The USHCC Foundation has partnered with Wells Fargo to provide $100,000 dollars in funds each year directly to chambers across the country for programs that strengthen and foster the growth of small business communities. Read More
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Our Mission

The USHCC Foundation is dedicated to empowering business leaders through life-long education and support. Our initiatives encourage entrepreneurial ideals, cultivate business growth, strengthen local chambers, and foster leadership values.

USHCC Foundation Names Elva Lima as Interim Executive Director

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation has named Elva Lima, former Global Diversity and Inclusion Director for Verizon Communications, as its interim Executive Director effective Monday, November 27, 2017. Lima will oversee all Foundation operations on an interim basis until the Foundation concludes its search for an executive to fill the role permanently.    
“The USHCC Foundation is proud to welcome Elva Lima to our team,” said USHCC Foundation Board Chairman Nina Vaca. “She brings a wealth of experience in advocacy and governance to this role both from the corporate and nonprofit sectors.  I have the highest trust in her ability to oversee the Foundation’s operations and to deliver the outstanding programs and services for which the Foundation is known.” 
Lima served in several key positions during her tenure with Verizon Communications that made her an ideal candidate for this role.  Recently, as Global Diversity and Inclusion Director, she oversaw a multimillion budget and partnered with the Verizon Foundation to help increase the Foundation’s focus on diverse and underrepresented communities. Previously, while serving as External and Government Affairs Director she managed and invested nearly $9 million in annual charitable giving and played a key role in developing strong relationships with minority organizations and leaders.  
“I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue the growth and expansion of the Foundation and its many programs and services,” said Lima. “I have long admired the Foundation and its accomplishments. It is an honor to lead the efforts of an organization that champions Hispanic businesses and entrepreneurs.” 
Lima’s primary focus is to ensure that the Foundation continues supporting the next generation of Hispanic businesses and entrepreneurs. To this extent, Lima has been working with the Foundation’s board to put processes and a transition plan in place, and coordinating with staff from the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on the plan.  Lima is also working with the board and leading the search committee to find a permanent Executive Director for the Foundation.
Lima holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management.
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