Florida has a strong relationship with Hispanics. For over five centuries, waves of immigrants from Latin America have settled in the southern part of the country and have made the Sunshine State their new home. That’s why today, it is not surprising to know that the Sunshine State ranks third in the U.S. among states with the largest Hispanic population.
Indeed, the “Hispanicization” that exists in Florida and the sociocultural impact it has generated within the community have been instrumental. Characteristics like Hispanic traditions, cuisine, and even the language, are influenced by this paradox.
However, it is impossible to talk about this concept without recognizing the sacrifices made by Hispanics to forge better lives for themselves and their families. Keeping this in mind, the government, many NGOs, and private institutions have created guidelines, programs, and tools allowing them to transition rapidly into the labor, educational and social aspects of our community.
In our case, we have created programs for entrepreneurs, and we have joined initiatives that help consolidate the social and economic stability of the Hispanic community. If you are a business owner and are not familiar with our programs, then keep reading this blog to learn more.
- Supplier Diversity Scholarship: This is a reimbursement program for businesses that meet specific criteria. The scholarship covers the application fee for the FSMSDC and WBENC certifying agencies and may receive reimbursement for up to $500.
- Minority Business Certification: Certification is the process of verifying that a business is more than 51% minority or woman-owned and operated. This certification allows businesses to connect and do business with large corporations, as well as government entities.
- Leads Group Program: A Leads Group is a networking tool for HCCMO members, comprised of approximately 20 business leaders. These are industry-exclusive groups that offer the opportunity to interact with other members and promote your business in a non-competitive environment.
- Civic Advocacy Program: This program was designed in the interest of promoting engagement, collaboration, and participation in the political process of our Central Florida community, and cementing political participation.
- Training Sessions: Conducted by highly qualified experts and leaders in their industries. Our primary goal is for entrepreneurs to keep abreast of technological, financial, economic, and social trends.
By looking at the statistics of Hispanics in Florida, we feel that it has been well worth the effort. Not only are we the largest minority population, but we represent 72% of the country’s real consumption. In the last year, 8 out of 10 companies founded have been thanks to the efforts of a Hispanic entrepreneur.
The numbers don’t lie! They inspire us to continue creating spaces of collaboration, so every Hispanic immigrant that arrives in our state feels like they can count on us to guide them towards the path of success and stability they are looking for.
Being a member of HCCMO is much more than doing business.