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Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Selected to Receive USHCC Foundation Casacyber Technology Incubator Grant Funded by the AT&T Foundation


Community Technology Center Will Provide Business Resources to Hispanic Entrepreneurs

Southfield, Michigan, July 6, 2006

As the number of new Hispanic-owned businesses continues to grow in Southfield so does the need for the technology resources that enable these startups to develop and mature. To help meet this need, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USHCC) — through grant support provided by the AT&T Foundation — today announced the selection of Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to receive a CasaCyber Technology Incubator grant.

Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is one of 20 USHCC-affiliated Hispanic chambers of commerce across the country that will benefit from a $500,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation (the philanthropic arm of AT&T Inc.) to the USHCC Foundation. The funds will support the creation of CasaCyber Community Technology Centers focused on small-business incubation.

“Hispanic entrepreneurs are vital contributors to the U.S. economy, and this program will ensure that more small-business owners have a chance to succeed,” said Rep. Lee Gonzales, D- Flint Township. “Small-business incubation centers, such as these, will help create new jobs and enhance a community’s entrepreneurial climate. I am proud to support the USHCC Foundation in helping turn dreams into realities.”

CasaCyber Community Technology Centers will help incubate businesses by providing technology infrastructure resources that are necessary for small, startup businesses. At the centers, entrepreneurs and small businesses will be able to use resources such as computers, access to the Internet, office space, business-related services and a network of business-related contacts.

“Today’s startup businesses have the potential to positively impact tomorrow’s communities. Access to computers, business software and the Internet are increasingly essential tools for business success,” said Carmen Johnson, director of External Affairs for AT&T Michigan.

“We are committed to working with Hispanic chambers across the country to support emerging Hispanic business leaders, and we applaud Rep. Gonzalez for his leadership in helping meet the capacity needs of the growing Hispanic business community.”

According to a U.S. Census report, Hispanics are starting businesses at faster rates than any other segment of the population, and by 2007, one out of 10 businesses will be Hispanic-owned.

“The USHCC Foundation is very proud to be making this announcement of seed grants to our local Hispanic chambers throughout the country,” said Frank Lopez, president of the USHCC Foundation. “These seed grants, along with the leveraged funds that each chamber has been able to produce, will help provide valuable resources to our startup Hispanic businesses by giving them access to the necessary equipment and resources that will help their businesses evolve and grow, positively impacting the economic landscape of their respective communities.”

Recipients were selected through a competitive application process, which was developed and managed by the USHCC Foundation and open to local Hispanic chambers across the country with current USHCC member status. Each chamber will work with the USHCC Foundation to implement, manage, and sustain the projects and begin to grow businesses that will be able to contribute to the economic stability, growth and success of the chosen communities.

In addition to Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, regional recipients are:

* Little Rock Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Little Rock, Ark.
* Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Long Beach, Calif.
* Greater San Jose Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, San Jose, Calif.
* Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Santa Ana, Calif.
* San Francisco Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, San Francisco, Calif.
* Fresno Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Fresno, Calif.
* Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Silicon Valley, San Jose, Calif.
* San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, San Diego, Calif.
* Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta, Ga.
* Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
* Morris County Hispanic American Chamber of Commerce, Morristown, N.J.
* Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Lynbrook, N.Y.
* Brooklyn (Kings County) Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Brooklyn, N.Y.
* Oklahoma City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma City, Okla.
* Lehigh Valley LCC/Berks County HCC and SBDC of Kutztown University, Pa.
* Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Midland, Texas
* Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Austin, Texas
* El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, El Paso, Texas

Furthermore, the USHCC Foundation, with financial support from the AT&T Foundation, provided a special CasaCyber award to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana (HCCL), located in Metairie, La. The funds from this grant have been leveraged into a partnership between the HCCL, Southeastern Louisiana University, Catholic Charities and Jefferson Parish School District. This partnership has led to the opening of the Hispanic Business Resource and Technology Center (HBRTC) in March. Along with other services to the Hispanic community, the HBRTC is helping impacted businesses get back on their feet after the unprecedented disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina.

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About USHCC FoundationThe
USHCC Foundation is committed to the advancement of the Hispanic community’s economic development and entrepreneurship skills through the empowerment of Hispanic-owned businesses, growth of the Hispanic chamber of commerce network and promotion of life-long learning experiences for Hispanic youth and entrepreneurs. The Foundation’s broad-based approach is coupled with a proactive strategy, which is reflected in the diverse number of USHCC Foundation-driven programs created to reach constituencies of all age groups and needs. More information about the USHCC Foundation is available at or at

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