This week in San Francisco, California, the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC)Foundation concluded the sixth Chamber Training Institute (CTI) of 2015. Chamber Training Institute (CTI) is a program designed with the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and sponsored by Wells Fargo. 

The CTI program  develops and empowers diverse chamber leaders while providing unique educational opportunities on how to grow and build their local organizations for the benefit of its small business community members. The training institute was expanded this year to include chamber leaders from the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC), U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) and National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). 

The latest session of CTI saw the participation of 61 leaders from 31 chambers across the country. Since its inception in 2010, CTI has allowed more than 890 leaders from 294 chambers to participate in this free, two-day training.

The CTI is one part of Wells Fargo’s four-point plan, introduced earlier this year to help diverse-owned small businesses become credit-ready, access credit and achieve financial success. The investment is also part of Wells Fargo’s ongoing commitment to train leaders of diverse-segment chambers of commerce that includes more than $6 million in grants and sponsorships since 2003. 

“The USHCC commends Wells Fargo for their continued investment in minority-owned small businesses, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to enriching diverse communities across America,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “Wells Fargo’s support makes it possible for the USHCC Foundation to provide our Chamber Training Institute (CTI), among other programs and grants. CTI is absolutely essential to our local chambers and makes a direct impact in the lives of entrepreneurs across the country. We look forward to growing our strong alliance with Wells Fargo.” 

USHCC Foundation Chairman, Nina Vaca said:“This valuable program, in collaboration with our fellow diverse chambers is another great example of what can be accomplished when all our communities work together. We demonstrate that we work best when we cooperate, and our businesses succeed when we all do. While they may have some unique circumstances, Minority entrepreneurs share the same challenges and aspirations as all American business owners. Their success is instrumental in creating jobs and driving economic development in some of our country’s fastest-growing markets – frankly where it’s needed most." 

To read more about Wells Fargo's 4-point plan, please visit: https://wellsfargoworks.com/insights/financial-needs-of-diverse-owned-small-businesses

 Photo caption: Thank you to our Wells Fargo partners & friends! Special thank you to Gigi Dixon and Denise Miles for your support of the USHCC Foundation and the CTI program.

About the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation

The USHCC Foundation is the philanthropic and educational arm of the USHCC. The mission of the USHCC Foundation is to enrich experiences of current and 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. 

For more information, visit www.ushccfoundation.org.