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Cindy 1 000Our success has been recognized by numerous awards on so many levels, local, state and nationally. Achieving our goals as identified in our Eight Points of Progress, which were established to continue to focus the Chamber as the primary advocate for small business. Each point is broad based, diverse, and designed to focus on new ideas, initiatives and concerns for small minority and women owed businesses to achieve desired results.

We are proud to share with you some of our recent accomplishments and thank you for the opportunity to share them with you.

El Paso Recognized as 
Best in the Nation

The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was honored to be named the USHCC Large Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Year in several ocassions: 2008, 2009 and 2010. Our CEO Cindy Ramos Davidson was named USHCC Chamber Executive of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010 as well. 


In 2015, the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce bestowed with the highest honor given to a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce by the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce.  Your EPHCC was named the TAMACC Large Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Year in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014.
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El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Business Leaders & Chamber were recognized as the best in the state of Texas by the Texas Association Mexican American Chamber of Commerce (TAMACC) 39th Annual Convention ....
13 Texas Businesses and Member Chambers Honored By TAMACC During Annual Convention and Awards Gala. We are also very proud to host the 2016 Annual Convention & Business Expo in our Sun City. Chamber from all over the state will be visiting our city.

El Paso was well represented on March 22, 2006 at the Texas Association of Mexican American Chamber of Commerce (TAMACC) 2006 Legislative Leadership Awards Luncheon. During the award ceremony, TAMACC recognized local, state and federal individuals as well as organizations for their leadership, legislative advocacy and community involvement in the representation of the small Hispanic/ Latino business community

The El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was successful at promoting three active Chamber members and partners during the Annual Small Business Week Award ceremony

SBA's Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Winners
The MBDA National MED Week Awards Program is designed to celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievements of minority entrepreneurs, as well as individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing global minority business enterprise.  Your Hispanic Chamber nominates local members every year. We have proudly stood besides many El Paso winners, like Mamie Salazar-Harper, Regional Minority Small Business Person of the Year in 2005; Juan Carlos Diaz, from United Bank of El Paso del Norte in 2013; VEMAC, 2014 Minority-Owned Construction Firm of the Year; among many others. 


2001 SBA's Women's Business Border Center Grant and Subsequent Sustainability Grant 
SBA's Microenterprise Development (PRIME) Grant
2002 The City of El Paso Annual Performance-Based Grant

Casa Cyber Grant with the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The Hispanic Chamber understands firsthand the need for small business incubation services in the El Paso region and offers a unique "virtual" incubator to three businesses that are in various phases of growth.

Environmental Protection Agency Grant to manage the International Small Business Environmental Education and Voluntary Compliance Program
This project provides funding under the EPA Border 2012 Program for implementation of a community-based, voluntary approach to emission reductions in the small business community through both stationary and mobile-source emission reduction strategies.

JP Morgan Chase Foundation Financial Literacy Grant
“Smart Money Financial Literacy Curriculum” to prospective business owners, and youth groups. The curriculum is comprised of 12 learning modules, complete with participant take home guide, interactive worksheets, and overheads

AT&T Technology Grant
Through the continued operation of the Entrepreneurial Technical Assistance Centers, the Hispanic Chamber is able to adequately assess the needs of our client, then direct them to the ETA Center that will be of the most assistance to them, whether it’s getting started and maneuvering through the maze of licensing and permits, to applying for certifications that will help them to realize valuable procurement opportunities.

MBEC Grant
El Paso is now one of 38 cities in the United States to have the designation of a Minority Business Enterprise Center (MBEC). The El Paso MBEC is federally funded by the Minority Business Development Agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce and will be locally operated by your El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.   

The WBBC was featured in Women Entrepreneurs Magazine for the second year in a row, and has been awarded funding to continue operating the Women’s Center for the 12th year.

The EPHCC was thrilled to receive a grant award from Walmart to develop a year program to support women in business. 
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Wells Fargo Hablemos de Dinero Grant
Your El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce was proud to announce a collaborative effort with Wells Fargo Bank, with a one year training program entitled “Hablemos de Dinero Business Development Program with Wells Fargo Bank & the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.” The primary focus is to promote the economic development and the financial literacy of our entrepreneurs. The training courses throughout this one year program will offer emerging and existing business owners a friendly environment to learn, ask, and take notes on how to start, manage and grow your business. This interactive session allows participants to meet one on one with business development specialists from the Hispanic Chamber, and banking professionals from Wells Fargo.

Our CEO was honored to be named member of the board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank and later on as the Chairman of the board, providing unique insight to the economic development of our local, women, veteran and minority owned businesses. 



Bienvenidos a El Paso

Welcome to The Sun City

El Paso is a jewel in the Texas desert. Nestled between the rugged Franklin Mountains and the historic Rio Grande, this dynamic border community combines the advantages of a major metropolitan center with the ambience and neighborly charm of a modern western town. Seven in ten El Pasoans are bilingual in English and Spanish, and people from all over the world come here to live, work, do business, get an education, or retire.

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Nickname: The Sun City
Incorporation Date: November 17th 1846
Population: 609,415
Metro Area Population: 911,042
Elevation: 3740 feet
Average High Temperature: Jan 57°F / July 95°F
Average Low Temperature: Jan 31°F / July 70°F
Time Zone: Mountain

El Paso’s dynamic growth has been credited to the development of an integrated international trade region with Ciudad Juárez, Mexico long before free-trade zones and global markets flourished. El Paso is currently the fifth largest city in the state of Texas and the twenty-third largest city in the United States. Ciudad Juárez, El Paso’s sister city across the border, is the largest city in the state of Chihuahua and the fifth largest city in all of Mexico.

shutterstock 145616344The best of two nations, three states and a multitude of ethnic groups come together between the banks of the river valley and the rugged mountains of the borderlands. El Paso is at the forefront of communities transcending borders—a global culture in the making.
You can find out additional information about El Paso by visiting the reaching the following organizations:
    El Paso Convention and Visitors Bureau
    The City of El Paso
    The County of El Paso

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15 facts about El Paso you probably didn't know:

  1. Established in 1930, the El Paso Symphony is the oldest performing arts organization in El Paso as well as the longest continuously running symphony orchestra in Texas.
  2. The Tigua Indian Reservation Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in El Paso is one of only two Indian reservations in the whole state. 
  3. The Wyler Aerial Tramway takes riders on a four minute trip in the sky, dropping them off at the top of Ranger Peak at 5,632 feet above sea level.
  4. San Jacinto Plaza downtown used to be a hotbed for alligators in the late 1800s through the 1960s
  5. One of El Paso’s most famous landmarks is the Plaza Theater, which has hosted great Broadway shows since 1930. Back in the day it was the place to be, and considered the grandest theater in the region. It's still awesome today, and hosts the Plaza Classic Film Festival. 
  6. El Paso is the only major city in Texas that works on Mountain Standard Time. 
  7. The Fiesta Del Las Flores or Festival of the Flowers is the oldest Hispanic festival around the Southwest attracting up to 30,000 people annually.
  8. Ysleta Mission is known as the oldest continuously operated parish in Texas.
  9. El Paso is reputed to be the birthplace of everyone’s favorite tequila mistake-maker, allegedly invented at Tommy’s Place Bar in 1945. 
  10. El Paso has seen the following movies filmed full or in part: "Traffic," "Courage Under Fire," "Lolita," and "Wild At Heart" among others.
  11. Before El Paso was nicknamed the Sun City, the city was known as the Six Shooter Capital because of its cowboy ways.
  12. Elvis Presley, Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw were all guests at the El Paso International Hotel, which has since turned into a Doubletree Hotel.
  13. The famous statue of Christ that sits on Mount Cristo Rey is not a traditional crucifix, since the palms of Christ face downward in the gesture of a blessing. 
  14. Think Texans only like country music? The Sun City Music Festival, held at Ascarate Park, is a two-day event of EDM music, lights and dancing in the streets with big names like David Guetta, Tiesto and Martin Garrix. 
  15. The El Paso Chihuahuas got their name from a name-the-team contest. The finalist entries were the Aardvarks, Buckaroos, Chihuahuas, Desert Gators and Sun Dogs. The Chihuahuas won and the name was announced on October 22, 2013. 

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