Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosts the first “Fiestas de Negocios”

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (KRDO) – The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first ever Fiestas de Negocios, bringing together a range of Hispanic cultures who support one another during the pandemic.

About 15 Hispanic small businesses have come together to make this event happen. Most Colorado Springs businesses say they have a hard time recovering from Covid challenges, but it’s even more difficult for owners who may have a language barrier or who don’t know what resources or support are available.

Doug Mercado moved to Colorado Springs from Louisiana about a year ago and joined the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in March.

“This is an opportunity for people to learn a little more, not just about the Chamber, but what we can do to help each other. We look forward to seeing how we can grow the Chamber and the Hispanic business community,” said Mercado.

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is a place where Latin American small businesses come together to network, celebrate their achievements, and provide each other with the tools they need to succeed. But the business lunches, which are typically networking, aren’t always economical, costing anywhere from $ 50 to $ 1,000 per table.

Moni Hernandez, chairman of the Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, says they are working to make this more accessible to small business owners in the community.

“We’re doing a free event for a lot of business owners, we know many of them have suffered during the pandemic and this will be something that will bring the community together,” added Hernandez.

Expect food from a variety of Latin American cultures, music, and raffles, but a financial literacy course is also offered to make these businesses feel like they are supported.

“Many of the participating restaurants give us the food to distribute to the community. They want us all to unite to enjoy their food and know who they are because there are some stores that have people don’t know where to get Venezuelan food or Colombian food, “said Hernandez.

The event takes place on Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is free of charge. It takes place at the Silver Key Center at 1655 S. Murray Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80916

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