About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation’s entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of over 4.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $668 billion to the American economy each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as the umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide, and partners with more than 240 major corporations throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.
The mission of the USHCC Foundation is to enrich experiences of future leaders in the world of business through life-long learning and support. The Foundation’s initiatives awaken and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit, support business growth, strengthen local chambers and foster leaders.
Programs & Initiatives
- At the Table: Women in Business and Leadership – An initiative led by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation. It ensures women entrepreneurs and business professionals are receiving the much needed resources and influence to propel them to higher levels of success in their careers. The program offers national and regional speaker series and networking events, as well as a prestigious competition to highlight emerging female innovators, celebrate their accomplishments, and afford them national exposure and the opportunity to grow their enterprises.
- BizVenture –Our college-level 3-day comprehensive program on Entrepreneurship, Design Thinking, and Leadership lead by George Washington University. Students will deep dive into the venture capital world, will receive intense mentoring to explore and design their identity as entrepreneurs and achieve deep understanding of their vision and plan. The program prepares students to join the real world of entrepreneurship and teaches not only the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and how to start a successful business, but also, by showing by example, teaches about perseverance, grit, confidence and shows how an internal culture should be built.
- Chamber Training Institute – A free two-day training hosted by the University of Notre Dame to build the capacity of all chambers, offering executive development, support and resources to strengthen and build local business communities. Over 820 local chamber leaders and 253 chambers have been trained through this program since 2010, including executives from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Black Chambers.
- Local Chamber Grant Program – Our grant program provides $100,000 in funds each year directly to local chambers of commerce across the country for programs that strengthen and foster the growth of small business communities. Recipients report back both mid-year and annually with metrics on how many individuals and businesses have been scaled, trained, or certified as a result of the grant.
- National Day of Service - With the National Day of Service, the USHCC Foundation encourages its chamber leaders across the nation to go out to their communities and support local charities and organizations. In 2016, the following Chambers joined forces on December 5th, 2016 and together went out and served their local communities.
- USHCC Foundation Gala - The USHCC Foundation is dedicated to enriching the experiences of future leaders in the world of business through life-long learning and support. The funds raised by this gala support a myriad of programs and initiatives that awaken and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit, support business growth, bolster local chambers and foster leaders.
USHCC Foundation Scholarships
The USHCC Foundation issues over 65 scholarships per year, including more than $250,000 offered in collaboration with Wells Fargo and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Generous scholarships are also available for chamber executives wishing to complete a Master's of Nonprofit Administration at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza School of Business, as well as funding for college students in the fields of STEM and business administration. A number of scholarships are also offered by our Hispanic Business Enterprise partners.
- Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business Scholarship for Chamber Executives
- USHCC Foundation & Liberty Power Bright Horizons STEM Scholarships
- USHCC Foundation & Group O MBA Scholarship
- BizVentue Collegiate Entrepreneurship Competition
- Nina Vaca Entrepreneurial Scholarship
More details about each scholarship can be found on the Scholarships page.