Hispanic chamber to host pitch competition for selected program grads in October

The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey — helping graduates of its Hispanic Entrepreneurship Training Program and Latina Entrepreneurship Training Series advance to the next level — announced that six groups will participate in a pitch competition in October.

The event, to be held Oct. 8 at Hudson County Community College, will be the first pitch competition for the SHCCNJ is two years, due to the pandemic. More than 60 organizations applied to be part of the program.

Hispanic chamber President Carlos Medina said the finalists all deserve to be honored.

“We are so proud of our finalists from both HETP and LETS cohorts,” he said. “Over the last 18 months, in the midst of a pandemic, they rose to the occasion to not only survive, but to thrive.

“It’s another example of why Hispanic businesses continues to be the engine that propels the New Jersey economy.”

HETP is a comprehensive business counseling and training program that provides cultural and linguistic business education and mentorship services free of cost to Hispanic small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. The curriculum incorporates lessons focused on business plan design, finance, accounting, marketing, product export and managing client relationships.

About the SHCCNJ

The Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey is the voice of the more than 120,000 Latino businesses that contribute more than $20 billion to the New Jersey economy. The chamber’s mission remains to educate, train and advocate for its members in the political landscape and provide procurement opportunities for all its members.

LETS is identified as a business training program tailored to the needs of the modern Latin woman.

Hispanic chamber Chairman Luis de la Hoz said the group is happy to play a leading role in economic development.

“The SHCCNJ is happy to be one of the few organizations that continues to contribute to New Jersey entrepreneurs’ growth and development,” he said. “We will be here to support their trajectory and growth in the business world.”

The HETP and LETS program in 2021 are possible through a partnership with various corporate sponsors, such as Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Investor’s Bank, Hudson County Economic Development Corp., Center for Hispanic Policy Research & Development, PNC Bank, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Univision, Visions Federal Credit Union, Verizon, Hudson County Community College, Bergen Community College, Latina Surge and Dynamics Multilingual Services.

SHCCNJ officials said they will announce the opening of its HETP and LETS 2022 course registration process later this fall. Those interested in participating are encouraged to visit the website www.shccnj.com or follow @SHCCNJ on social media for more information.