The Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (NAHCC) marked the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month today with a celebration held on Belmont University’s campus. The celebration included an announcement of key programs and events as part of the NAHCC’s month-long business and education calendar. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year from September 15 – October 15.
The program included a Proclamation recognizing the month issued by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and read by Vice-Mayor David Briley, who also addressed a packed room of attendees both in English and Spanish. Following Briley’s presentation, Belmont student Ana Lucia Fernandez, a sophomore and pre-med major, discussed her experience with Belmont’s Hispanic Student Association and thanked participants for their support of the month in both Spanish and English. After a brief ceremony and presentation of key Hispanic Heritage Month programs, NAHCC’s Chairman Luis Parodi and Vice-Chair Loraine Segovia-Paz led a business leader roundtable.
“The most recent U.S Census numbers released for National Hispanic heritage month are encouraging, placing our populations at 57.5 million” Cunza said. “Hispanic businesses are growing at 2.5 times the rate of all U.S. companies, and we are 1.5 times more likely than the general population to start a business, representing by now more than 20 percent of all U.S. entrepreneurs. This should come to no surprise. Hispanics are, and have been, job creators, starting and operating small businesses in a global economy they contribute to the economic empowerment of our communities adding an estimated $668 billion in revenue to the national economy. At the end of the day, this is what makes our country strong.”