By Nolan Apostle
Contributing Editor
Photography by Nolan Apostle
Event City Premier Magazine™

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is alive and well in sunny California as the State’s Hispanic Chamber plans to meet in Stockton California this week to celebrate it’s 40th Anniversary of supporting the Latino Business Community throughout California. Mark your calendars August 21-23, 2019 for the Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Statewide Convention. The event is taking place at the Stockton Arena located in downtown opening on Wednesday August 21st, at 9am in the morning. There will be a ribbon cutting at 10:15am to kickoff the Convention. The Conventions host Hotel property is the beautiful University Plaza Waterfront Hotel next to the Arena at 110 W. Fremont Street, Stockton, CA 95202

University Plaza Waterfront Hotel in Stockton California has a sprawling outdoor area adjacent to their swimming pool area.

An expansive and classy lounge area at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel in Stockton California

Some of the key features of the Convention are the full 3 days of workshops, seminars and matchmaking services focused on building your small business, strengthening our local Hispanic Chambers and sharing ideas that will create economic development to improve our communities. There are also a plethora of speakers throughout the 3 days. Some of which include such notables as Isabel Guzman, Director of the Office of the Small Business Advocate and the office of Govenor Gavin Newsom. Mayor Michael Tubbs, city of Stockton, and James Campos the Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the US Department of Energy.

This years elected Chair of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Board of Directors is Frank Montes. Mr. Montes is proud of the work his State’s Chamber has accomplished including establishing a coalition with Statewide Latino Chambers of Commerce throughout the U.S. Some of their other successes are institutionalizing the Business Leadership Institute, the CAPS program, and launching the Procurement Mentorship program to match businesses with primes to increase their contracting opportunities.

As a conventioneer your registration gives you access to several special events including 3 luncheons, an awards breakfast, opening night reception at the Port of Stockton, the exclusive Millennial party and the CHCC Awards Gala and Dinner.

The Small Business Development Centers are offering FREE technical assistance for businesses. Regardless of what you need legal advice or a business plan, they will pair you with experts that offer FREE services saving you hundreds of dollars an hour. This service alone is an incredible opportunity for attendees.

The convention also features a matchmaking services for companies. Grow your business by getting contracts with state and local agencies or even large private-sector companies. They will match you with agencies in need of your services!

The show will host the opportunity to visit the floor to meet and mingle with Vendors as it is a completely sold out event. There are tickets still available to attend the Convention, they are currently expecting about 2500 delegates. The Conferences do include 3 days of meetings holding workshops throughout all 3 days as well as the Luncheons and dinners throughout.

An exciting addition to the program will be “The ¡Pitchazo¡,” sponsored by the Bank of America, is a venture pitching competition which intends to highly leverage the massive amount of energy and support for startups working to change old business models. As part of the 40th year Celebration, CHCC leadership and its members decided to launch this more refined and focused initiative incorporating the strengths and lessons learned in accessing enterprise financing. The ¡Pitchazo¡ seeks to reward visionary Latinx entrepreneurs who possess the exemplary skills, drive and commitment to bring to market new innovations that offer consumers a value proposition to make their lives easier, safer and healthier. In addition to a cash prize of $5,000, the winner of this years’ competition will gain visibility and recognition, fast market testing and grow as an entrepreneur.

The !Pitchazo! Competition will take place on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 1:45pm – 2:45pm at the University Plaza Waterfront Hotel next door to the Arena at 110 W. Fremont Street, Stockton, CA 95202.

Whether you are of the Latino culture or not, you are welcomed to attend the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the Stockton Arena for their 40th Anniversary celebration. On that note, just as I mentioned earlier, the Hispanic Chambers are certainly alive and well as I dash out of the local Starbucks and make my way to the Cuban Kitchen in San Mateo where the Latino Chamber is hosting their monthly mixer. I’ll catch the tail end and hopefully meet some constituents who are attending the Convention tomorrow. Wish me luck!



Nolan Apostle is a Contributing Editor for several online magazines including the Event City Premier Magazine, the 23Creativity Publication and numerous blogs. He is one of the founders of the Event City Network and has an extensive career in the Writing for various magazines and publications, has worked in Food & Beverage, Concert Production, Entertainment, Music and the Special Event industries. He is currently managing a large-scale project celebrating the original Cinco de Mayo Festival from 1862 and is the Chief Project Manager for several Website projects and Mobile applications.