Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
The Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 7th Annual “Parrandon Navideño” (Holiday Celebration) on Saturday January 4, 2014 beginning at 6PM. The event will be held at the Greek Cultural Center in Sprinfield.
El Parrandon Navideño is Puerto Rico’s cultural equivalent to Christmas carolers. Much like their American counterparts a group of friends get together and go house to house with musical instruments; traditionally congas, maracas, guitars and anything that make noise singing holiday music these festivities are known as "parrandas" and mark the holiday season.
The community event will be saluting our elderly with dinner, donating non-perishable food and clothing to the homeless, providing toys for needy children as well as celebrating our communities’ unsung heroes.
This year we are celebrating in traditional attire. Guayabera , Caribbean and Latin American Attire.
Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
Hispanic small businesses leaders from across the country met in Washington DC with government officials and top executives from Corporate America about legislative policy and the impact on the small business community. Carlos Gonzalez, President /CEO of the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce , highlighted access to capital and technical assistance as the number one need for small businesses, who are the number one job creators in America. Meetings with Senator Nancy Polosi, Rand Paul, John Cournyer, Xavier Baceras and Congress woman Lydia Sanchez allowed Latino business leaders to advocate and urge for immigration reform. Immigrant make up sixteen percent of the workforce and are growing the economy by starting there own business. Latinos are a 1.2 trillion dollar market and by 2015 expected to be the 11th largest economy in the world.