WASHINGTON, March 19, 2015 – This weekend United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) Foundation will host their first Washington D.C. Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Competition. BizFest, is a three-day workshop that teaches high school students how to turn hobbies into profitable business ventures, offers hands-on, practical training for aspiring entrepreneurs, and encourages students to pursue a higher education and become the future business leaders of America.

 

 

“The USHCC understands the value of investing in America’s future. BizFest works with students to develop skills for young entrepreneurs to succeed in our changing economy. Programs like BizFest are the engine of a diverse American economy” said Javier Palomarez, President and CEO of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

 

Bank of America is sponsoring the regional program, reaffirming its commitment to youth entrepreneurship and leadership.

Finalist will progress to the BizFest National Competition held in conjunction with the 2015 USHCC National Convention in Houston, TX in September. The USHCC Foundation will cover the costs of travel, meals and lodging for the students to attend this convention where chamber leaders and business executives gather annually.

At the National Competition, the students will compete against other finalists from the Regional Competitions held in Fort Worth, TX and Santa Ana, CA. The top winners of the National BizFest Youth Entrepreneurship Competition will be awarded scholarships in the amount of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 to help defray college costs.

 

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation’s entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $486 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide, and partners with more than 240 major corporations throughout the United States.

 

About the USHCC Foundation

The mission of the USHCC Foundation is to enrich the 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. Please visit www.ushccfoundation.org for more information on the USHCC Foundation.

 

Contact: 

 

Ammar Campa-Najjar

Director of Communications and Marketing

619-721-5148

 

Eliza Hernandez

Director, USHCC Foundation

919-360-5326